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I have a Winchester 97 that has some surface rust on the left side of the rifle. What is the best way to get rid of it? Answered


Get some 0000 grade (ultra fine) steel wool at a hardware or paint store. Don't use any other grade or anything from under the sink. Make sure the gun is unloaded. Put some gun oil or penetrating oil on the rust and scrub lightly with a small (1") ball of steel wool. The wool will break down as you scrub, turn it and replace it frequently. This will not remove the blued finish or scratch the steel. It will remove all the rust and expose any pits, possibly making the gun look worse. If the rust is very light it may be removed completely and will look perfect. Be careful not to get any wool residue into the inner workings of the gun unless you want to disassemble and clean it out. You can also wrap a bronze barrel brush with steel wool to remove light rust from the bore. Don't fire a gun with a badly pitted bore until it has been checked out by a gunsmith. All blued steel guns must be kept oiled to prevent rust.


8 years ago

 Use a #2 pencil and color it in a few times, the graphite acts a light abrasive and also has lubricating properties, so it does not scratch. Graphite is used to lube locks and mechanism.

This is what we use in the Army to maintain our M4s and M16 rifles. After the pencil, apply Cleaner, Lubricator, and Protector (CLP).

Keep your rifle clean and lubed all the time, and remember that oil will wipe off, but rust will not.

Isn't it a shotgun?
Take it to a gunsmith.  It's a classic. 

There is a chance that it has a damascus barrel and should not be used with modern ammo.  Is the barrel smooth on the outside or look like hammered metal in a spiral?

Here's a great link for it.