TO PREVENT RUSTING—I have a .22 caliber Stevens Favorite rifle and find it difficult to keep rust from gathering in the barrel. I would like to know the cause and how to prevent this rusting. I use “3 in one” oil.
I have used both rifles and shot guns in many places and under diverse weather conditions and have never had the least trouble from rust in the barrels. I am inclined to think that it is not rust that is making the trouble but that the bore of the barrel is pitted through improper cleaning. Burned powder of all kinds will eat the steel in the same way that acids do and one cannot be too careful in keeping it clean. A gun should never remain dirty overnight and even when hunting it should not be allowed to go from morning until night without cleaning. A field cleaner is good to carry when hunting.
In cleaning, use white cotton cloth and see that they come through the barrel perfectly clean before you desist. Then moisten a small rag with “3 in one” and draw it through the barrel. Follow it by a clean rag and then an oiled rag again. If you do this way you will never find rough spots on the inside of the barrel.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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