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Cleaning Mosin Nagant from use of Corrosive Rounds
« on: March 12, 2011, 10:23:01 AM »
I need step-by-step instructions on how to clean my new rifle after shooting corrosive ammunition. I've read several posts online but none seem to quite make sense to me...can anyone else help me?
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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2011, 02:05:11 PM »
Spray windex down the barrel, let it sit for a moment, then run patches. Then clean with hoppe's or breakfree or whatever.

Its the ammonia in the windex that does the trick on the corrosive salts.
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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2011, 06:36:07 PM »
Ditto
Windex is the ticket.

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2011, 08:24:41 PM »
Or Sweets 7.62 bore cleaner.  It has ammonia in it and is the best copper cleaner I've ever found.  Just make sure you don't let it soak too long in your barrel as any ammonia cleaner can do damage to the barrel.
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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2011, 09:27:03 PM »
Here's a great thread on cleaning after corrosive ammo: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=22672.0

Yep.  Windex is the key.  It has ammonia which neutralizes the corrosive salts in the primers.

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2011, 12:42:48 AM »
I've always used a bucket of water, a generous amount of Dawn, and some elbow grease on my Tantal. Never had any problems.

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2011, 11:06:12 AM »
I've always used a bucket of water, a generous amount of Dawn, and some elbow grease on my Tantal. Never had any problems.
That's how I learned to clean black powder, which prior to pyrodex, was very corrosive.
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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2011, 06:42:35 AM »
Good old soap and water is all that is needed. Yes Windex may be a little faster, but is not required. Corrosive primers are in almost all ammunition made before the mid 1950's, and most of the modern ammo coming out of the former Eastern Bloc countries.

I would be willing to bet that your Mosin has had 100 times the amount of corrosive ammo shot through it that non-corrosive. And I would be willing to bet that it was cleaned with soap and water.

Use lots of water and a nice coating of oil when finished and you will not have any problems

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2011, 02:34:19 PM »
Well I guess I'll restate the obvious.  The main cleaning method used in the field was to urinate down the bore....
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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2011, 11:44:23 PM »
Well I guess I'll restate the obvious.  The main cleaning method used in the field was to urinate down the bore....

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2011, 04:39:34 PM »

Well I guess I'll restate the obvious.  The main cleaning method used in the field was to urinate down the bore....


Which works when it isn't gas operated so the corrosive primer salts aren't blowing all around the insides of the gun.  Pissing down a barrel I can handle.  But in the bolt and the muzzle break?  I guess if that's all I could do.  Think about how that would smell after it heated up.

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2011, 12:06:01 AM »
Windex will work , but I prefer the old hot water and soap. If you do decide to use soap and water use really hot water. That way the water will evaporate off. Then just oil and clean as you normally would.

There's nothing to be worried about with corrosive ammo. Just clean your rifle well and you'll never notice the difference. Just don't let it sit overnight without cleaning after shooting corrosive ammo.

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2011, 12:38:48 PM »
Ditto's to bulkammo.com  Just clean it. I will suggest getting some newer non corrosive rounds and make sure that you fire those off last. It  will help remove some of the residue from the corrosive rounds.  Man there ain't nothing like that 7.62 kick in the pants is there? Try shooting at dusk and using a fast camera set on multiple shots. You will love seeing the flamethrower effect. I have one shot of my father and there is a 6 and a half foot flame from the barrel.

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2011, 06:32:13 PM »
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Well I guess I'll restate the obvious.  The main cleaning method used in the field was to urinate down the bore....

I thought I was the only one who could fit in the barrel.  Thanks for making me feel better!   :D
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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2011, 10:56:03 PM »
Well I guess I'll restate the obvious.  The main cleaning method used in the field was to urinate down the bore....

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2011, 09:34:56 AM »
Spray windex down the barrel, let it sit for a moment, then run patches. Then clean with hoppe's or breakfree or whatever.

Its the ammonia in the windex that does the trick on the corrosive salts.
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This is also how I clean my M44 and M39 after using cheap commie ammo.

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Re: How to clean Mosin-Nagant after shooting corrosive ammo?
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2011, 02:51:05 AM »
After shooting corrosive ammo I clean my rifle the same way I clean my muzzle loader.  Warm soapy water to get rid of the corrosive salts, then clean in a regular fashion, and oil as necessary.  I use different products for different guns, but one of my favorite universal cleaners is cheap wal-mart non-chlorinated brake cleaner.   But its also with caution depending on the firearm I am cleaning.

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Cleaning Mosin Nagant from use of Corrosive Rounds
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2011, 08:49:18 PM »
I have a carbine version and I'm planning on purchase a few more along with replacement synthetic stocks and down turn bolt mods. I love my Nagant and I love the cheap surplus rounds especially when they're around $100 for 400 rounds. Problem is the surplus round's primers are corrosive.

So does anyone have any suggestions or suggested cleaning products for cleaning a Mosin Nagant after using corrosive rounds? I've used soap and water which is what I've always been told to use but I'm looking for something better. I worry no matter how much lube I use afterwards that the soap and water is taking a toll.


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Re: Cleaning Mosin Nagant from use of Corrosive Rounds
« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2011, 08:55:21 PM »
Gotta love the search function. See here:

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Re: Cleaning Mosin Nagant from use of Corrosive Rounds
« Reply #19 on: June 09, 2011, 09:22:57 PM »
Thanks..... I skimmed over the search results before I posted but didn't see it. Thanks though there's some good ideas listed except for the urine.