Today did a shooting/moving event where my midlength 16" got really muddy, and a couple times it was partly or entirely immersed in streams. Cold range so during movement not even a mag, so a lot more chance than usual to get crap in the gun.*
None of the immersion caused issues (even to electronics...) but I had some time after them before shooting, so made sure to lock the action open so any water that got in would drain.
But now I'm home and the soft goods are hosed off, getting to the hard goods. Was doing a light cleaning of the outside, got the optics cleaned up, then noticed the stock was really gritty so pulled and hosed that off then... it got to me getting the whole thing apart and remembering: immersed. Oh yeah. Water droplets in the non-contact areas of the upper receiver and BC.
So, aside from making sure I get the sandy dirt out, is there anything special to do after immersion? Do I, for a change, run the bore?
I know it's not wood and steel, so /shouldn't/ corrode, but do tell if immersion in freshwater suggests a full detail strip of the bolt at least, or any other special procedures.
- Since I can find like nothing on this so far, feel free to share your knowledge on saltwater procedures as well. Always interesting to learn more.
- If you know/suspect immersion is likely before stepping off, what's the current preventative measure if anything? Last I saw general issue waterproof bags was just post Vietnam, and I am not sure a muzzle cover would help or hurt.