View Full Version : Corrosive Ammo

01-03-2011, 10:11 PM
When using corrosive ammo, do the salts get throughout the action too? I've always heard folks emphasize cleaning the barrel, but what about the rest of the gun? Won't the action be subject to rust as well?

Cowboy T
01-03-2011, 10:33 PM
Depends on whether it's a gas-operated semi-auto or not. If it's a bolt-action (e. g. Mosin-Nagant or K98 Mauser), then it'll just be down the barrel. That's really easy. If, on the other hand, it's an AK-47 or something similar, then you'll also need to clean the gas tube and the piston to prevent those from corroding. And if it's a CETME-pattern rifle (e. g. a CETME or H&K G3), then you will need to clean the chamber (they don't have gas tubes), but those are 7.62 NATO firearms, and I haven't come across any corrosive 7.62 NATO ammo yet.

01-03-2011, 10:41 PM
yup its best just to dip the whole thing in a bucket of hot water

nice hot water evaporates quickly

01-03-2011, 10:44 PM

01-03-2011, 10:46 PM
Cowboy T beat me to it..I rinse warm soapy water in my SVT 40 action then clean are normal.
The Mosins just get it in the barrel.

01-04-2011, 5:14 AM
In addition to the barrel in the Mosin Nagants, you also have to clean the bolt face form corrosive ammo. I use ammonia household cleaner at the range, then when I come home, the standard Hoppe's No. 9.


01-04-2011, 6:43 AM
I used windex down the barrel and action. Then hoppe's No 9. Never had an issue.

01-11-2011, 6:44 PM
I try to clean anything that came in contact with the corrosive ammo. As others have stated, Windex (glass cleaner with ammonia) works great. Don't forget to dry and lube afterwards. Did I just say that? I meant dry and lube the Mosin.