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Old January 9th, 2012, 10:57 AM   #31
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I would suspect for "Windex" (TM) that the water removes the salt and the alcohol acts as a drying agent to evaporate any residual water. (Water and salt are soluble, water and alcohol are soluble.)

"Hot" water will disolve and hold a higher amount of salt, hot water also evaporates faster.

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Old January 9th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #32
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great thread. my surplus rifles are not really in shape to be taken apart and put in the bathtube. i will try the windex method. my bother has a ceramic AR15 and he cleans with simple green and nothing else.....no oil no nothing.

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Old June 11th, 2012, 02:12 AM   #33
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I use a Ballistol and water mix to clean black powder and corrosive ammo.

Then I dry the gun and re-oil with Ballistol.

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Old September 29th, 2012, 08:06 AM   #34
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I have shot many thousands of corrosive rounds thru both a S&W AR and an AK74. I clean normally w/ straight Ballistol and have never had any corrosion.

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Old September 29th, 2012, 10:52 AM   #35
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Windex is popular b/c it's handy. Any lightly soapy water will kill the corrosive salts. Hoppe's is good if you clean right after you shoot. Old USGI stinky bore solvent's the best. Even a AK deserves to run clean.

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Old September 29th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #36
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I live in a really wet area of North America and I recomend a tea pot that I pour hot water over all metal parts dry with a cotton towel then let air dry for a few minutes then wipe everything down with your oil of choice. Oh ya and one over thing...
Before I pour hot water over everything I mix this with water 50/50 in a spray bottle and spray the chamber and spray it alot allowing it to run down the barrel for a few minutes before I dump the water all over it.

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Old September 29th, 2012, 11:00 PM   #37
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dont forget to scrub with a brush and get that copper out.

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Old September 30th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #38
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dont forget to scrub with a brush and get that copper out.
Oh ya right and scrub the chamber for laquer build up. How could I froget.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 08:13 AM   #39
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Ballistol/Water mix, then straight Ballistol

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Old June 2nd, 2013, 07:45 AM   #40
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I have learned that all east block steel cased ammo is eather corrosive or contains mercury fulminate in the primer. On the later reason it is prohibited on all military rifle ranges over here. I don`t want to spray toxic mercury into my environment.
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I doubt very much that east bloc ammo contains mercury fulminate in the primer. Such priming compounds to the best of my knowledge have not been used for years. I realize I am answering a post that is not new, but do not want people repeating that any of the older combloc ammo had mercury in it without some sort of reliable source for the information. If it used chlorate compounds as use to be in almost all ammo for WWII through to the 90's for combloc ammo, it is corrosive. The M1 carbine ammo was to my knowledge the only noncorrosive ammo of WWII.
Mercury fulminate apparently works real well for blackpowder rounds. Priming of much of modern ammo does contain lead which is also toxic.


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Old June 2nd, 2013, 08:26 AM   #41
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Brake Cleaner. Seriously. Brake Cleaner from the auto parts store. Flushes every thing out.

WD-40 is a NO GO because it is Hygroscopic (absorbs water) unless you flush the WD-40 with another substance.

I do Brake Cleaner and then Ballistol. Use whatever CLP you want after you flush the systems.

Note: Brake Cleaner is very hard on rubber o rings.

+1 for Kroil though.

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Old September 3rd, 2015, 11:15 PM   #42
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I have shot so much corrosive ammo in my AK's over the years and never once have I used windex in the barrel.
Shot 500 or so rounds at a run and gun went home,left the gun in a humid garage for 15 days and then I realized I hadn't cleaned it.
The gun was filthy but no signs of rust anywhere.

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I used to shoot a good bit of corrosive Yugo M67 in my SKS & AK back when it was cheap & plentiful.
I'd rinse the bore with the water hose, dry and clean as normal... Never had any rust.
Plain ol'water is an cheap-n-easy corrosive salt solvent & flush.



Just remember, every war and battle up thru Vietnam was fought with corrosive ammo. Corrosive ammo never ruined a weapon that was maintained by it's owner.
That includes not only AK-47's, and Dragonov's, but Mosin Nagant's, Tokerev's, Ariskas, Mauser's, SMLE's, 1911's and M1 Garand's.
I heard that the M1 Carbine was the first military rifle issued exclusively with non-corrosively primed ammunition, because it was believed the gas system would be too difficult to maintain in the field.

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I used to shoot a good bit of corrosive Yugo M67 in my SKS & AK back when it was cheap & plentiful.
I'd rinse the bore with the water hose, dry and clean as normal... Never had any rust.
Plain ol'water is an cheap-n-easy corrosive salt solvent & flush.



Just remember, every war and battle up thru Vietnam was fought with corrosive ammo. Corrosive ammo never ruined a weapon that was maintained by it's owner.
That includes not only AK-47's, and Dragonov's, but Mosin Nagant's, Tokerev's, Ariskas, Mauser's, SMLE's, 1911's and M1 Garand's.
I heard that the M1 Carbine was the first military rifle issued exclusively with non-corrosively primed ammunition, because it was believed the gas system would be too difficult to maintain in the field.
That was true. The M1 Carbine was also the first to have chrome-lined barrels. -Lloyd

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