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Old 06-13-2012, 05:22 AM   #1
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Carb/gun cleaner?
Anybody know if Carburetor / Parts cleaner can be used on gun parts? Even if it it strips the finish.

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Old 06-13-2012, 05:53 AM   #2
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I don't know. I would guess that this stuff is all probably pretty similar. Although it is pretty purpose made.

As I really value my firearms and the hands that operate them. I would only use stuff designed for guns on my guns. And visa versa.

Frankly in a pinch I'd be more inclined to go the other way and use gun cleaner on a carb.

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Old 06-13-2012, 05:59 AM   #3
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I ask as i have the worlds most fouled up shotgun action you can imagine, and a while ago i followed some advice for stripping the finish off an old rifle bolt.....it just west way south.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:14 AM   #4
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I ask as i have the worlds most fouled up shotgun action you can imagine, and a while ago i followed some advice for stripping the finish off an old rifle bolt.....it just west way south.
I'd disassemble to component parts if your up to it. If not them hose with gun scrubber. About the same price as carb cleaner and will probably not screw up your gun.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:34 AM   #5
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Use the right tool for the right job, as mentioned before I wouldn't suggest 'experimenting' with cleaning your guns.

If the action is so bad, there is always dropping it off with a reputable gun shop for a good cleaning and tuning. Sometimes it's worth dropping it off with someone where guns are their livelihood, they will make that thing smooth as silk.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:37 AM   #6
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Yes, carb cleaner works well. I have always liked the non aerosol berrymans b12 for cleaning small parts like the bolt carrier group on my ar's. I pour it into an old metal pie pan and let it sit for a few minutes. Carb cleaner spray is great for cleaning guns, but be very careful. It completely strips all oil, so you have to thoroughly oil when you're done. Also, be extremely careful that it doesn't touch any plastic or non metal parts, as it can strip the color of off them.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:39 AM   #7
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For the bolt i just want to strip it down for a project, not concerned with function. As for the shot gun, its too embarrassing to take to a shop. Its was my ex's, she thought that lube would work as well as oil.........

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:43 AM   #8
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For the bolt i just want to strip it down for a project, not concerned with function. As for the shot gun, its too embarrassing to take to a shop. Its was my ex's, she thought that lube would work as well as oil.........
What kind of shotgun?

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:46 AM   #9
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What kind of shotgun?
Mossberg pump

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:47 AM   #10
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i know how but just hate pulling those apart.

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:08 AM   #11
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i know how but just hate pulling those apart.
500/590? Nothing is simpler than that.

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:12 AM   #12
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500, done it before i just get frustrated getting the pump system back together.

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Old 06-13-2012, 07:23 AM   #13
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500/590? Nothing is simpler than that.
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500, done it before i just get frustrated getting the pump system back together.
Am I remembering the 500 incorrectly? As I recall, you unscrew the mag cap, and the whole thing just falls apart in your hand. Or was that my 870? IIRC, you just pull the barrel out, pop the bolt out and stop there. I don't remember taking the pump out of the action.

Either way, if it was me, I'd just take it apart down to the bolt and give it a good spray with some cleaner. (I've used engine degreaser too, same cautions apply) If it's that gnarly, submerge it in a parts cleaner or Berrymans for 30 minutes. Give it a spray down the barrel and run a bore snake through a few times. Brush out the action with carb cleaner and a toothbrush. Let it dry, coat all surfaces lightly with CLP, and you're good to go.

If you're having issues with disassembly, call Mossberg. They'll send you an owners manual for free, which should include disassembly/assembly instructions.

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Old 06-13-2012, 08:40 AM   #14
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Good info guys, thanks. its been almost 12 years sense i took a 12ga apart, but i have gotten way better at this kind of thing in that time. I think if i can handle a carburetor, i can fly through this now.

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:02 AM   #15
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Jeeze, don't use carb cleaner on anything but carbs.
A buddy did. And stripped the finish off a 'Special Edition' GSG5.
Ruined the finish and decreased the value of the gun.

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:10 AM   #16
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Jeeze, don't use carb cleaner on anything but carbs.
A buddy did. And stripped the finish off a 'Special Edition' GSG5.
Ruined the finish and decreased the value of the gun.
I wont be using it on the mossberg, just the old bolt action parts i wanted to strip anyway.

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Old 06-13-2012, 11:11 AM   #17
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I wont be using it on the mossberg, just the old bolt action parts i wanted to strip anyway.
Someone isn't going to be practicing jeweling are they?

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Old 06-13-2012, 11:16 AM   #18
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Jeeze, don't use carb cleaner on anything but carbs.
A buddy did. And stripped the finish off a 'Special Edition' GSG5.
Ruined the finish and decreased the value of the gun.
I had a friend who had his gun cleaned by a friend using carb cleaner. When he first his clean gun, he ended up with chemical burns in his eyes.

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Old 06-13-2012, 11:27 AM   #19
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Use the correct product for the job. How tough can it be?

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Old 06-13-2012, 11:41 AM   #20
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my 2cents, if you don't give a crap about the bolt, what can it hurt? Personally, I wouldn't do it, but who knows, it might wind up saving you time in the end.
As for the actual gun, if you care about it, I wouldn't do it. That carb cleaner is crazy nasty stuff. I am sure there are plenty of folks on here that know enough about guns to help you out. I would give you some help if you were a little closer.

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