A reader has graciously furnished us with a great tip for those of you out there who are using old military surplus rifles that use corrosive ammo. Here's his tip!
PS probably preaching to the choir here with this tidbit, but hey...
If they shoot old military rifles, make sure to have on hand a bottle of "Windex" or ammonia-water spray cleaner to squirt down the barrel after the last shot. The ammonia neutralizes the corrosive acids in old military surplus corrosive ammo. And it makes the final clean up much easier and quicker.
And for inquiring minds,...yes in a pinch you can pee down the barrel for the same effect.
During the Second World War as the battle of the Argonne forest dragged on and on,..resupply was hard to come by...the British troops would pee down the barrels of their Enfield rifles and follow up with scalding water to clean them. Most Enfield rifles today are in very good shape as far as rust pitting goes,...far cry from the Soviet troops who only cleaned with Diesel fuel and lubed with light machine oil,...no ammonia to clean with.....they didn’t think ahead I guess.
I learned that trick a few years ago when I had a C&R license and started collecting ”Old" rifles.
Thanks gott cha!
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