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chuckwagon

cleaning a shot gun after hunting in the rain?

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got home tonight with a soaked 870 and thought id ask if theres a certin way to clean a wet firearm? anything different from a normal dry cleaning? new to the sport!

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Welcome to the sport.

If I'm going to do it, I like to take the gun apart, shoot it with some gun scrubber and let it dry. After it's all dry, I wipe down all the parts I can (including the inside of the barrel) with an lightly oiled cloth. Then I add some oil to the moving parts and put it all back together again. Good to go!

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Since its a remington, dry it off quick and spray it with anti-rust something. Remingtons rust from handsweat even!

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Wipe it off, let the entire gun get to room temp then do a normal cleaning. I always put my gun barrel down in a corner after wiping them off initally, (important after hunting in the rain)then let gravity work. If you feel the need, pop the pins on the trigger housing and pull out the trigger group, take the barrel off and don't forget to wipe down the inside of your magazine tube and spring on your 870 .. But remember its an 870, wipe it down with oil, fill it with shells and go hunting. You gotta love an 870.. grin.gifgrin.gif

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Wipe it off, let the entire gun get to room temp then do a normal cleaning. I always put my gun barrel down in a corner after wiping them off initally, (important after hunting in the rain)then let gravity work. If you feel the need, pop the pins on the trigger housing and pull out the trigger group, take the barrel off and don't forget to wipe down the inside of your magazine tube and spring on your 870 .. But remember its an 870, wipe it down with oil, fill it with shells and go hunting. You gotta love an 870..
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I like to do the same thing. If it's really wet, I will completely take the gun apart after I wipe it down and let it dry for a few hours, then clean it up and you should be ready to roll.

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It's not all that hard to completely break it down(except the trigger mech) and dry and oil all the parts. I feel better if I totally strip my firearm vs. just doing the old swipe and spray.

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These are all good suggestions. The only thing I'd add is that a little oil goes a long way. I used to think that really loading up on oil would help cycle the shells through smooter and faster. Actually I learned the hard way in a dusty goose filed that any extra oil collects small particles and can gum up the gun. I still use a bit of oil but very sparingly. Remington makes a dry-lube that has also worked well.

Good luck and welcome to the sport!

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These are all good suggestions. The only thing I'd add is that a little oil goes a long way. I used to think that really loading up on oil would help cycle the shells through smooter and faster. Actually I learned the hard way in a dusty goose filed that any extra oil collects small particles and can gum up the gun. I still use a bit of oil but very sparingly. Remington makes a dry-lube that has also worked well.

Good luck and welcome to the sport!


Good advice on using very little oil, but a word of caution on Rem Dry oil with Teflon in it. My uncle took one of his older pump guns to a gunsmith to have it completely taken apart and cleaned, and had been using Rem-oil for only a couple months. It turns out all that white stuff that's lubricating the gun just accumulates and builds up in the gun. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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I just let my NOVA (lol) warm up to room temp. I kinda let it air dry. I take 2 rags. one to wipe off the water and the other one to oil it down. Run a oil patch though the barrel and the trigger housing and you ready to do it all over again after you next time out hunting.

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