Posted by: terrellfamily8 on May-09-12 12:49 PM (EST)
Wd40 is not safe to use on ammo.
It is a great cleaner and penetrates into small spaces. It is that very feature that causes problems. It can penitrate the primer and causes the round not to fire. Or worse a "squib" where a bullet fires, but without sufficient power to clear barrel. So you are left with a club.
Better to use a silicone impregnated cleaning cloth. And run a patch down barrel.
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Posted by: cliffjacobson on May-09-12 10:38 PM (EST)
Posted by: terrellfamily8 on May-10-12 1:34 AM (EST)
Run a patch|
Posted by: cliffjacobson on May-09-12 10:48 PM (EST)
Of course one should "run a patch down the barrel". I would never consider squirting WD-40 or any other lubricant directly down a barrel.Do that and you're asking for problems. WD-40 on a cotton patch, pushed through the barrel, followed by a dry patch is just fine.One should always follow with a dry patch if the gun will be shot before it's again cleaned. A wet patch is used only when the weapon will be stored. Even then, you need to be careful because "loose lube" can run into the action, the wood stock, etc. Of course, if you have a special firearms lube along on your canoe trip--and most people don't--go for it. I suggested WD-40 simply because it comes in a tiny spray can and is useful to keep saw blades and axe heads from rusting and to free frozen stove parts, bolts on canoes etc.
Posted by: walli on May-10-12 8:27 AM (EST)
wd 40 does have it's shortcomings though they are few,one of the precautions that most dont take is that the walls of the magazine tube in your weapon should not be "sweating" of lubricant. it will,at the worst possible time cause a problem. a good wipethru with a mop will take out the excess. personal favs. for this situation are Ballistol or Lehigh/Shenandoah Valley Lube. they are "carrier" lubes and leave a residue that doesn't run.