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Lately, I've been noticing my 10/22 charging handle has been rusting. I've been told to rub it down with oil, and it comes off, then comes back a week later, but worse. Anybody got any tips or tricks on how to keep it from rusting further?

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Lately, I've been noticing my 10/22 charging handle has been rusting. I've been told to rub it down with oil, and it comes off, then comes back a week later, but worse. Anybody got any tips or tricks on how to keep it from rusting further?

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I'm not familiar with the finish on the 10/22 parts. is that part shiny, dull, blued, stainless, what? If black textured steel, try WD40 and 0000 steel wool then mask the action and furniture, then a light spray of clear laquer.
I just going with a normal mechanical thought here as it being the handle you really don't want it slick and you certainly don't want the rust!
 

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That's great man, thanks. It's the black textured steel. But I will definitely try that. Thank you very much!

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Normally I wipe down my guns (and 10-22) each time I handle them. Fingers/hands have oil/salt/dirt on them and unless the gunk is removed, it'll corrode the metal. No big deal just wipe it down before you put t away. (BTW, WD-40 will leave a coating that will dry out into a thick gunk). I have a bunch of synthetic 2-cycle oil around, and use it for gun lube and a bit on a rag for wiping down exposed metal (very light coat), but any oil you use on yer gun will work...
 

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Normally I wipe down my guns (and 10-22) each time I handle them. Fingers/hands have oil/salt/dirt on them and unless the gunk is removed, it'll corrode the metal. No big deal just wipe it down before you put t away. (BTW, WD-40 will leave a coating that will dry out into a thick gunk). I have a bunch of synthetic 2-cycle oil around, and use it for gun lube and a bit on a rag for wiping down exposed metal (very light coat), but any oil you use on yer gun will work...
(BTW, WD-40 will leave a coating that will dry out into a thick gunk).
thats why I suggested the steel wool too, the WD was to remove the rust, not to stay on as a restricter. My dad would be on me like white on rice if I EVER used WD40 as a lube/ protective finish for a gun!
 

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Charging handle

I tried but it kept doing it, so I just bought a chrome charging handle
As long as you have the chrome job you can experiment with the other one. I would strip off the old blue, use emery cloth or steel wool to make sure all the rust is gone then re-blue it. Just had a brain fart...don't know why I would think it will change anything.
 
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