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Old 03-20-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default Oxy Clean For Firearms?

So everyone here knows that Oxy Clean will clean just about anything. I was cleaning a gas piston on a beretta autoloading shotgun last night and thought about how much I'd love to drop that piston in some concentrated oxy clean for at an hour or so and then clean, dry, and oil it.

Does this sound like a terrible idea?

Has anyone tried something like this?

Maybe I should try it with some regular steel from around the house first before precision machined steel parts?

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Old 03-20-2009, 06:44 PM   #2
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I don't think that dipping gun parts in water would be a good idea.

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Old 03-20-2009, 06:46 PM   #3
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Once you get the parts nice and clean, look into Gun Butter. It's best used on guns like ARs where carbon gets baked on like nobody's business. It works awesome.

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Old 03-20-2009, 08:10 PM   #4
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^That's why I love my piston operated LWRC.

I would look into dunk buckets, at Cylinder and Slide. I also would not use oxyclean on your gun.

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Yeah, My gut tells me it's a bad idea.

I was hoping someone might pop up and say that they have had great experiences with it.

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If you like your guns coated in Rust ( Iron Oxide ) then go for it.

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We use to take our M16 (AR 15) into the shower or even boil the parts in water. It never hurt them a lick, so I don't see what Oxy Clean is going to do to the piston that will hurt it any. It isn't like you are dropping it in a corrosive liquid like Coke Cola which will eat rust off of a bolt and nut so I would be leery of putting a gun part in it.

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Guns DO go out in the rain and rather often. I don't know that Oxy would do the job better than something else tho. Once it's clean, oil it like normal and it won't be any different than being outside in the rain.

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I clean my black powder rifle with soap and water. As long as the steel is dried and oiled, I don't see an issue.

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I'd stick to gun specific chems. Anybody have suggestions on how to clean a suppressor? I've got a 45osprey that will need a cleaning eventually.

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