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    Posted: March-11-2017 at 6:33pm
Hi,

I have a very early, 1940's, Red Ryder shot tube with a blockage.

I thought it was rusty BB's stuck as happens some times, but after several tries to tap them out with a steel rod and a light hammer, it became obvious that it was going to be more difficult than usual.

I finally got through it, with WD-40 and more tapping, but there were no BB's, just rust.

Now I have a clear opening but it is only about 75 % clear.

How do I clear the rest so it will pass BB's again? Is there a steel brush in .117 caliber or is there another way you have tried?

Any help will be greatly appreciated, thank you and regards, gkenny.
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Sounds like the tube would be pitted even if you get it cleared. If it were mine, I'd leave it to soak in a white vinegar bath for a couple weeks. I have had good luck dissolving/softening rust with this method. Especially in hard to reach spots. Then run a metal bristle brush through there some. They absolutely make "real" gun cleaning tools for .177. Your local gun shop should have a good set. There are .177 firearms and they need cleaning. 
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Originally posted by the fuse the fuse wrote:

Sounds like the tube would be pitted even if you get it cleared. If it were mine, I'd leave it to soak in a white vinegar bath for a couple weeks. I have had good luck dissolving/softening rust with this method. Especially in hard to reach spots. Then run a metal bristle brush through there some. They absolutely make "real" gun cleaning tools for .177. Your local gun shop should have a good set. There are .177 firearms and they need cleaning. 



Thanks Fuse, very good suggestions there. I will look into the .177 tools while the shot tube is soaking in the white vinegar bath.

Regards, gkenny.
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Depending on how the shot tube came to be rusted solid (for instance, if water was able to get into the shot tube with the gun sitting muzzle-up), the air tube and compression chamber, as well as the spring and plunger tube, etc. could all need attention.
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Originally posted by cobalt327 cobalt327 wrote:

Depending on how the shot tube came to be rusted solid (for instance, if water was able to get into the shot tube with the gun sitting muzzle-up), the air tube and compression chamber, as well as the spring and plunger tube, etc. could all need attention.


Thanks for your input Cobalt327, I only have the tube, not the whole gun, but I think it will clean up sufficiently to be fully functional. It is in great condition otherwise and from one of the first Red Ryders.

Thanks again and regards, gkenny.
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