M-1 Garr and and Carbine stocks in dishwashers.

by Z-man51

Somewhat off topic but one trick to clean old USGI stocks for M-1 Garands and Carbine is to place them in a dishwasher and run it through a cleaning cycle. This strips any oils, greases, cosmoline and other contaminants from deep within the wood grain. It also swells most dents and "cuts" (where a narrow object struck the stock leaving a very narrow deep dent) so the stock can be smoothed with little effort.
Best to do when the SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) is gone from the house for at least three hours to ensure all your body parts remain attached. :-O
Likewise, an old clothes iron can be used to "steam out" minor dents, etc. in the stock without the dishwasher. Again, be sure to clean thoroughly before she irons her delicate dress as a dirty iron means she comes looking for your hide when she sees the telltale grease, oils, etc. you left on the iron. Better yet, just go buy a cheap steam iron for your use and leave hers alone. Can save you hundreds of dollars trying to calm her down.
And yes, some individuals have put entire rifles, handguns and shotguns in dishwashers to clean off fouling and lubrication from the metal components: just don't forget to dry and oil ASAP!!!

Posted on Mar 3, 2017, 9:48 PM

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  1. Thanks. Jelsemium, Mar 4, 2017
  2. That sort of works.... J.Cook, Mar 4, 2017
    1. Easier and safer way to do that.. Z-man51, Mar 4, 2017


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