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Old 01-16-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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A old man told me that he would dip his pistols in boiling water and when he pulled them out the water would evaporate leaving a clean gun?
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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Hmmmm

We would wash out our pumps after a saltwater duck hunt and then oil the bejevers out of them....
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:38 PM   #3
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if you do it make sure you follow with oil
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:41 PM   #4
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Heat treated steel will resist corrosion better than annealed, and the hot water may evaporate quickly enough nothing rust but I don't know if I would try it.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:41 PM   #5
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We did this to clean receiver and other parts of shot guns then dry with a hair dryer to get any left over water. Then lightly oil and put it back together. Still have both of those guns
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i do that with my fishing reels...not my guns..
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:48 PM   #7
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Interesting. Sounds like it would work, but I'd try it on something else first.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:51 PM   #8
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Interesting. Sounds like it would work, but I'd try it on something else first.
Like a buddy's gun?
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:52 PM   #9
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we took our M 16's in the shower before inspection,then oiled the crap out of them.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:57 PM   #10
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we took our M 16's in the shower before inspection,then oiled the crap out of them.
Too much information. Lol. Jk. Thanks for your service.
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:57 PM   #11
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Used to do it every year in Sask...to keep gunk from building up on the insides...water has to be at a rolling boil...you may be surprised at how much junk comes out during the first cleaning...I agree with the folllow up oil, but only a light oiling is necessary...the heat of the water dries the metal, and there is no water left in the gun...remember...HOT HOT HOT boiling water.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:00 PM   #12
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when i did alot of duck hunting around matagorda we would spray off our shotguns with the water hose then dry them off and oil the dog mess out of them. they were synthetic stock guns.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:01 PM   #13
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:02 PM   #14
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I don't think I could do it! It might work but I'm thinking how to get oil on every crease and hard to see areas.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:02 PM   #15
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I know they recommend boiling water to clean muzzleloaders
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:05 PM   #16
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That is what I like about Glock just throw them in the dishwasher.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:08 PM   #17
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That is what I like about Glock just throw them in the dishwasher.
Is this true. Cause I have been wanting to give mine a good cleaning
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:09 PM   #18
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:09 PM   #19
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I pour boiling water down the barrel of my muzzle loader to clean it. Old mountain trick and it works well. B/P breaks down in water and hot water dries almost immediately.

We used to do it with our M-16's too. Plenty of oil afterwards though.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:38 PM   #20
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Is this true. Cause I have been wanting to give mine a good cleaning
After being out on the bay and getting soaked by saltwater, I normally come home and wash my Glock with hot soapy water. I am the dishwasher, so that is why I do it. Put it in the oven with just the pilot light being on and it dries out well. Only put the recommened amount of oil on the gun. To much oil on a Glock is a bad thing. Bob
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:43 PM   #21
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A old man told me that he would dip his pistols in boiling water and when he pulled them out the water would evaporate leaving a clean gun?
had a NAM vet tell me the same thing.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:50 PM   #22
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Half a five gallon bucket of hot hot water and Simple Green is the best way to clean a really dirty gun. I warm them with a heat gun to evaporate the remaining water and then follow up with oil.

Glocks and ARs especially like the hot water.
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thats a new one on me
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:53 PM   #24
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i would think to much heat would weakin the springs....i wouldn't dare try it
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:02 PM   #25
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we took our M 16's in the shower before inspection,then oiled the crap out of them.
Could ya here this coming out of the shower? This is my M 16, there are many like it but this one is mine...
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:51 PM   #26
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We had a trough of boiling water that we used to put our M16 in. It was right outside the armory.


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Old 01-16-2011, 07:57 PM   #27
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A old man told me that he would dip his pistols in boiling water and when he pulled them out the water would evaporate leaving a clean gun?
hot soapy water is the recommended cleaning method for black powder guns, the hotter the better, and yes because of the heat the water evaporates quickly but oiling is an absolute neccesity,,
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:27 PM   #28
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We put our m16's in half barrels of solvent then took em out wiped em down and light coats of oil. These days i use cans of starter fluid to blow everything out of the barrel and clean all the moving parts on all my guns. Then a light sray of gun oil. The all work they all shine and they have no rust any where. I may try that boiling water tho.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:39 PM   #29
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A old man told me that he would dip his pistols in boiling water and when he pulled them out the water would evaporate leaving a clean gun?
Very old gunsmith trick, I have been doing it in my shop on very dirty customer guns for years. Remove all wood, plastic, stocks and grips before you boil hard. Remove, allow water to flash off and then hand clean any remaining problem crap, blow off with high pressure air and oil.

And it takes around 400 degrees to damage springs.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:58 PM   #30
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Never done it myself, but have heard of people putting their Glocks in the dishwasher also. My Glocks get a basic cleaning after use and a complete thorough stripdown detailed cleaning every so often.

I've been thinking about getting a 209 X .50 barrel for my T/C Encore Prohunter. I guess one way to soak your B/P barrel in hot water would be to boil up a pot of H20 with the crawfish pot and pour it in the bathtub with the barrel? Does it need to be hotter than the hot water that normally comes out of the tap?
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:03 PM   #31
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I've done it. My M-16 passed inspection first time, every time. Done it with BP and handguns also. Blow drier and oil after.
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:34 PM   #32
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Military buddy of mine told me to give all my guns a hot bath to clean. Ive always done that with my synthetic guns and it works great. Dry and oil well and they are good to go.
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Never done it myself, but have heard of people putting their Glocks in the dishwasher also. My Glocks get a basic cleaning after use and a complete thorough stripdown detailed cleaning every so often.

I've been thinking about getting a 209 X .50 barrel for my T/C Encore Prohunter. I guess one way to soak your B/P barrel in hot water would be to boil up a pot of H20 with the crawfish pot and pour it in the bathtub with the barrel? Does it need to be hotter than the hot water that normally comes out of the tap?
I remove the nipple from the breech and the barrel from the stock. Pour boiling soapy water into a coffee can. Place breech end of the barrel into the coffee can of water and start swabbing the bore with a patch on the rod, drawing the water up into the bore. Keep swbbing untill patches are clean. The barrel will get very hot so I wear my welding gloves when I do this.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:31 PM   #34
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I'll pass on that one.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:21 PM   #35
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I took my M16 to the Gunners Mate onboard-ship.
He always brought it back clean, and happy.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:23 PM   #36
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....dont think I could do it.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:54 AM   #37
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Used to do it every year in Sask...to keep gunk from building up on the insides...water has to be at a rolling boil...you may be surprised at how much junk comes out during the first cleaning...I agree with the folllow up oil, but only a light oiling is necessary...the heat of the water dries the metal, and there is no water left in the gun...remember...HOT HOT HOT boiling water.
X2... I did it every time I went on a super cold hunt, like Elk in the high country. Will keep the bolt and trigger from freezing up from the old oil from gunking up in the cold. I always used the dry lube teflon spray to follow up. might not hurt to put the bolt and trigger in the Oven for a short while "ON LOW" with the "DOOR OPEN" to make sure all H2O is out. Or just use a hair dryer... People in Alaska have been doing this for over 100years.

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Thats how a clean my muzzel loader
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Could ya here this coming out of the shower? This is my M 16, there are many like it but this one is mine...
Ha. I've showered with mine also.....This is my weapon, this is my gun.......
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I use hot tap water out of the sprayer on the sink on my shot guns during waterfowl season, been doing it for years! Works better than anything else, blow it out and oil afterwards.
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Different strokes for different folks.
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Thats how a clean my muzzel loader
X2 Boiling water down the barrel after solvent gets it cleaner than any other method I have tried.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:25 AM   #43
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i've heard of boiling the bolt and stuff..never tried it though
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x2 then I follow it with G96 and put her to bed.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:29 AM   #45
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I use to boil all my guns in my armory when I was in the military prior to inspections. You just make sure you give them an oil bath after. I don't mean wipe them down I mean soak them in oil then wipe off. Works great!
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:04 PM   #46
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I use hot water on blackpowder weapons but have never tried it on any others.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:29 PM   #47
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:52 PM   #48
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I have a big ultrasonic cleaner that would clean the heck out of whatever you can fit in it.

I have not tried a gun yet but I bet it would be clean... Of course following with a good coat of oil.
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