Today I was moving a few things around, including a small stack of mil-surp rifles too long for the safe. As is my habit, when I pick up these particular rifles, I pull the bolt and check the bore, as they are often shot with corrosive ammunition. Click.... yank.... bright window.... shiny. Click....yank...... bright window...shiny. Click... yank... bright window..... SON OF A B!#@$
My old 91/30 Ex-Sniper had a bore gone dark. Thinking back, it had been over a year since I fired this rifle, and I am CERTAIN it was cleaned well before being stored. I am also certain I have checked that rifle no more than a few months ago as well, since ..... well..... mil-surp corrosive ammo. Anywho, it called for immediate action, and a whole bunch of Ballistol*. This 'gun oil' has been my go-to solvent, cleaner, lubricant, and preservative on mil-surp rifles for about 20 years now. 30 minutes of vigorous scrubbing, and the old beast once again has a shiny bore. Hopefully it has escaped serious damage from my poor stewardship. Sorry tovarishch, I'll be more diligent from now on.
* Ballistol has a long and honored history. It was the black powder cartridge shooters who clued me in to it's goodness.