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Question DIY cleaning

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jim.177, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. jim.177

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    morning all I would just like your ideas on DIY cleaning iv just stepped up from a old springer bsa to new brocock concept super six .177 (PCP). I cleaned my bsa with with fishing line, straw, old t-shirt (cut up into patches) and WD40 witch worked well. but as I was given the bsa when I was 15 and that's how my dad showed me to do it but now iv got a rifle that's over £400 I don't want damage it could anyone let me know if I could still use this method or just pay for a cleaning kit or if any ones got a method that they can recommend I would be grateful
     
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    I use this method on both my springer and PCP its effective and OK, just be careful not to drench it in wd40 and keep it from the rifles bluing.
     
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    Hi to start with WD will not harm your bluing I have often drenched wet guns with it and no ill effect.
    Your method seems OK except be careful not to drag the fishing line over the crown of the barrel it can damage it.
     
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    thanks guys I never do drench it just a little spray on both sides of my patches im going to upgrade what im using by getting some paracord taking the inside out and feed the fishing line throw that il let you know how I get on with that il do it later once im back from the range
     
  5. ratman60

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    hello, never use WD40 on air rifles!!!!
     
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    I'd endorse ratman60's advice - might be ok on squeaky door hinges but definitely not on a £400 air rifle.

    JohnS
     
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    Hi can you qualify this statement please.
    I have been using it on various guns since it's onset, I find its great for blasting out gunge and wet and is a great cleaning agent. We all know it's not the best lubricant or long term rust preventer but the OP is talking of cleaning.
     
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    what would you recommend ????
     
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    WD40 is essentially a water displacing compound (WD) that contains a high proportion of highly flammable solvent. As the solvent evaporates it leaves behind a sticky and gummy residue that is a dirt magnet. Continual use will build up over time doing more harm than good in my opinion. It is significant that skilled craftsmen like instrument, clock, watch and camera repairers never touch the stuff and it is notable that it is never listed in catalogues for these trades. I was first alerted to the limitations of WD40 by a retired Rolls Royce engineer who only used the product as a convenient cutting fluid whilst machining aluminium but never, ever as a lubricant or for long term protection of metal surfaces.


    There are far better specialised products for gun maintenance and at a similar price. I've just spent around £400 on an Air Arms S400. I sure wouldn't risk using WD40 on it as a cleaner, lubricant or for long term protection.

    JohnS
     
  10. Akita177

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    I wouldnt use it on door hinges i preffer to use a lubricant.
     
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    I could not agree more. We all know it's limitations. BUT for driving out moisture and getting grit out of tight spaces I don't think it can be beaten. You are not going to leave it on you are going to wipe down with a rust preventative product. But this will not drive out moisture or clean! You are talking of using WD as a b all and end all, it's not. It's just part of a cleaning cycle.
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    Lets face it we all have our own ways. I have never had a gun rust on me or look anything other than pristine and I have been at airguns for over 60 years.
     
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    Have to agree with john, I never have nor will I ever use WD40 on my rifles, I use 3in1 oil and if there's water grit etc then I'll strip and rebuild but that's just me being pedantic ..... Lol
     
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    Nothing wrong with using WD40 if you know where to use it and view it as a water displacing fluid and not a lubricant.
     
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    hello, when i first get an air rifle say from new, i take the action out of the stock and vaselene the metal underside then replace back, then i use an oily rag with at the moment parker hale spray express gun oil which has an inhibitor and give a light going over all the metal work, light spray in magazine area if pcp and a light spray in trigger area but only light, i never put anything on a wood stock just keep clean. after every shooting time i let rifle completly dry in warm room if wet and do above, if not wet i get off all finger marks and back in slip, same when i had shotguns. the secret is to get dry before cleaning, as for the internal barrel clean from new with a pull through or non metalic rod and mop with white spirit until cloth or mop clean, if PCP remember the seal in breach??????. then light spray P/H oil in barrel. then after 1,000 pellets buy some rizla white ciggy things from £ shop dip in white spirit and shoot them throught until clean then oil. just to add buy some LTL pellet lube a use as directed.
     
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