Recent Aquisition Smells Funny


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dovedescending
May 10, 2011, 04:17 PM
I recently aquired an NEF Pardner 12 gauge, and it smells funny. I know, I know, chemicals smell funny, but this is a bit different. It almost has a rancid, rotting vegetable smell. You don't really notice it until your hands smell funny after handling it. As far as I can tell it's mostly the wood, but also some of the metal on the receiver and barrel.

Anywho. I'm not sure how to make it smell nicer. Or actually, how to NOT have a nasty smell on my hands every time I touch the gun. Any ideas?

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CoRoMo
May 10, 2011, 04:23 PM
Any ideas?
Yeah, I would clean it... thoroughly.

M-Cameron
May 10, 2011, 04:24 PM
please tell me the previous owner didnt try to refinish the stock with vegetable oil........

Frogomatik
May 10, 2011, 04:25 PM
lol, I was expecting a metaphor, not that somthing literally smelled funny.

If an organic grease was used on the gun that stuff will decay, and it will smell like somthign died. Though how to get rid of that smell...I have no idea. You could try cleaning it with soap and water to break down the grease/oils, then dry and oil it.

I've heard of people using hog lard to grease their guns, and when that stuff decays it smells like rotten goat butt. Best guess I can come up with.

please tell me the previous owner didnt try to refinish the stock with vegetable oil........

oh man, you might be right. If this is the case, you can boil the stock in soapy water, but you'll have to refinish it. Of course, if veggie oil was used, you'd be looking at a refinish anyway.

Owen Sparks
May 10, 2011, 05:03 PM
Maybe it stayed locked up in a car with a dead body all Summer.

Some guy near my town went missing for about six months then last winter when the kudzu died down somebody spotted his wrecked car in a deep ravine on the side of the highway. The worst part is that they think he had lived for several days traped in his car unable to call for help.

gatorjames85
May 10, 2011, 05:05 PM
My guess would also be some type of vegetable oil.

dogtown tom
May 10, 2011, 06:16 PM
Cod liver oil?
Keeps the gun from getting rickets.

HGM22
May 10, 2011, 06:18 PM
Maybe someone dropped it in the Porta-Potty? Sorry, could not resist.

MD_Willington
May 10, 2011, 07:00 PM
Its the grease they used to pack it in, my IAC 982 had the same weird smell...

W.E.G.
May 10, 2011, 07:39 PM
Ballistol is probably the culprit.

Once that stuff gets on a gun, it will stink to high heaven forever.

There seems to be a minority (I hope), who either can't smell the stench, or who claim to like it.

I ended up having to burn a set of rubber Pachmyr grips that were inundated with it.

Bula
May 10, 2011, 09:41 PM
Too funny, absolutely not what I was expecting either. I was thinking more on the used sold as new, perhaps a stolen gun purchased used.

Anyways, I'd remove the stock and foregrip-then give'm a good ol' cleaning with Dish soap, cotton wash rag and HOT water. Wipe it dry, let it sit in the sun for a day, then give it a good wipedown with a wood polish on a microfiber rag. As for metal, I spray Non-chlorinated brake cleaner into every nook and cranny. The wipe clean, and brush a good oil on moving parts, and follow up with a good oily, clean wipe down (rustys rags ,perfect)

CZguy
May 11, 2011, 12:11 AM
Anyways, I'd remove the stock and foregrip-then give'm a good ol' cleaning with Dish soap, cotton wash rag and HOT water. Wipe it dry, let it sit in the sun for a day, then give it a good wipedown with a wood polish on a microfiber rag. As for metal, I spray Non-chlorinated brake cleaner into every nook and cranny. The wipe clean, and brush a good oil on moving parts, and follow up with a good oily, clean wipe down (rustys rags ,perfect)

Good advice.

If you're single you could put the stock in the dishwasher......if you're married, you might be able to get away with it one time (pleading stupidity).

Make sure that you remove the stock before the drying cycle, and allow it to dry naturally for a few days.

dovedescending
May 21, 2011, 05:00 PM
Looks like it was the packing grease they used. Phew! Scrub scrub srcub...

shiftyer1
May 21, 2011, 05:29 PM
I've gotten several guns that stunk and it was do to poor storage. I bought a .22 rifle that had been in a damp shed for years and it stunk really bad. I stripped the stock and refinished it, now it's all good.

HoosierQ
May 21, 2011, 08:04 PM
Ballistol. Smells like decay. The chemical, non-toxic though it may be, that they use to make it emulsify with water...which is one of its selling points...is either similar to or the same as one that is produced by decay.

Taurus 66
May 21, 2011, 11:40 PM
Maybe someone dropped it in the Porta-Potty? Sorry, could not resist.

Only Glocks go there ... or should.

lobo9er
May 22, 2011, 01:53 AM
Only Glocks go there ... or should.


coming from a guy with taurus in his screen name:)

ol' scratch
May 22, 2011, 09:52 AM
You might try acetone on the metal. I have used it on Garands. I have used it on milsurp Garand stocks too and it strips all the oil off of it. I wouldn't THINK it would have a negative effect on the stock, but you might want to try it on an inconspicuous spot on the stock first.

On another note, I bought a Gibson Les Paul that REEKED of marijuana. It took about 4 years before it mellowed. Now it smells like incense. I just let it air out every chance I got.

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