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guywithfastcar
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Posted - 11/14/2016 :  9:14:57 PM  Show Profile Send guywithfastcar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey guys, got an early m1 that is in really nice shape, went to clean it and pulled out the recoil spring and the end of it was coated in rust (the receiver side). Have been cleaning out the port with oil and pipe cleaners and replaced the spring all together. Is this a common area for rust? Should I be really concerned? Very hard to se into this small port to inspect, any tips for cleaning it out?

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americanboy
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Posted - 11/15/2016 :  2:19:11 PM  Show Profile Send americanboy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've never owned one of this type, but I do believe that some receivers have no hole at the rear end. If the weapon had been left sitting-up with the butt down (like in a rack), I can see where moisture would accumulate at the base of the housing. I'd just clean it out as best I could and make sure I added a couple of drops of oil to the channel.
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Tuna
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Posted - 11/15/2016 :  3:34:10 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clean it out the best you can then oil inside and on the spring and you should be OK. Then keep it oiled well and it should not be a problem for you.
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guywithfastcar
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Posted - 11/15/2016 :  5:58:48 PM  Show Profile Send guywithfastcar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the reassurance guys. Yeah this one does not have hole in back of the receiver. Would some grease on the end of the spring be a good idea? Seems like it might stay in better
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americanboy
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Posted - 11/16/2016 :  07:14:01 AM  Show Profile Send americanboy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Probably don't need to go over-board with it. It's likely been stored somewhere for a long time muzzle-up and that tube being enclosed is just a good trap. You're likely going to clean it a LOT more than it's ever been cleaned and grease will harden over time. I'd just lube-up the spring and drop a little oil down the hole.
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lemaymiami
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Posted - 11/16/2016 :  07:28:55 AM  Show Profile Send lemaymiami a Private Message  Reply with Quote
After you do the clean up and lube I'd expect that after each range session for a while you'll find more rust showing - so you'll want to do the clean and lube thing each time until the spring end shows no residue after firing. I repair a lot of fishing reels used in the salt and find that after some use - more of the residue will show up - just keep at it and eventually you'll shoot the weapon, dis-assemble and not find any rust traces at all (that spring in recoil with a bit of oil will probably do a pretty good job of working any remaining rust free over time...). Hope this helps
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guywithfastcar
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Posted - 11/16/2016 :  11:29:02 AM  Show Profile Send guywithfastcar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You guys are great, I usually use Rem-oil but have heard about a oil called Kroil, would one of these work better for penetrating the rust? Thanks again
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lemaymiami
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Posted - 11/17/2016 :  10:05:56 AM  Show Profile Send lemaymiami a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I normally use Gunslik or Break Free - but I suspect any light, quality oil will work (I also have Kroil but only use it, so far, with 00 steel wool for removing small rust spots on blued steel (I allowed my old issue S&W model 10 to rust a bit -pure negligence on my part - with Kroil and steel wool I was able to restore it). What I'd expect to occur is the mechanical action of the spring when shooting the weapon will work free any rust in that tube area - the oil just facilitates the mechanical rubbing (and hopefully seals up any remaining areas to prevent it happening again..). Post up on how it works out for you.
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