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    care and maintenance of the operating rod

    As a member of my VFW post honor guard I have noticed that several of our rifles have rust and pitting on the operating rods. My question is how do we clean these rods? Any help will be appreciated.

    #2
    Depending on how bad the pitting is you might just be able to use a scotch bright pad and oil to remove the rust and still leave a finish on the op rod.

    If the scotch bright pad isn't effective then you can use Emory Cloth soaked in oil to take the rust off and reduce the pitting.

    If you have to remove all the finish when you get rid of the rust then you can parkerize the part. Use a manganese parkerizing solution to get a finish that looks like the original. They make both manganese and zinc based solutions, the manganese is thicker and resists rust better.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/184...olution-liquid

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      #3
      Great advice. Thank you.
      Last edited by Mike13A5P; 10-13-2016, 04:50 PM.

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        #4
        Those can be a little aggressive on the finish. Go too the supermarket and get some Chore Boy 100% copper wool without the soap in it. Squirt some WD-40 or add some oil into the wool and have at it. The parts will have a copper hue, but it will wipe away with a rag and some oil and shouldn't kill the finish.

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          #5
          Mike,
          If you want or need them reparked I will do them. Ask Phil about my work.
          Pfc out

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