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Firearm smells awful

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by beeenbag, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. beeenbag

    beeenbag Well-Known Member

    Just like the title says.

    I bought a used 336c with the JM stamp. I bought it for a song and a dance ($100), but man does it smell like a camp fire something awful. I mean just handling the gun leaves me smelling like an all nighter at a bon fire.

    It is smelling up my safe, what can I do to get this smell off without damaging anything?
  2. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    Have you cleaned it?

    That's a really weird problem. If it's something on the metal it should clean off relatively easily. If it's the wood, probably be hard.
  3. beeenbag

    beeenbag Well-Known Member

    yeah, I took the lever off, and pulled the bolt. cleaned inside the receiver, and inside the bore, and all on the outside with CLP. I even tried hunting scent stomper on the wood to no avail.
  4. dpote

    dpote Well-Known Member

    Could it have been in a fire and absorbed the odor?
    I would take off all the wood, and clean the wood with Ballistol.
    The smell could be trapped on the underside of the forearm.

  5. Akita1

    Akita1 Well-Known Member

    if the wood wasn't properly treated/coated in may be impossible to remove the smell. You can try to seal it again, or maybe just a new stock?
  6. thump_rrr

    thump_rrr Well-Known Member

    Ozone chamber.
  7. akv3g4n

    akv3g4n Well-Known Member

    I have a buddy that works for a home restoration company. They have an ozone room that they put smoke damaged merchandise it to remove the odors. You could probably search out a company like that it your area and see if they can do it for you for a reasonable price.
  8. beeenbag

    beeenbag Well-Known Member

    when I first looked at it, I noticed the smell. I thought he might have been using a woodburning stove to heat his home with, and the smell would soon fade. Nope, its hangin in there full force.
  9. T Bran

    T Bran Well-Known Member

    Brownells sells new wood for a fair price.
    I really cant see a piece of metal holding scent as bad as you describe so it is probably the wood.
    You may be able to seal the smell in with some clear coat but I'd probably just replace it.
    Good luck with the stench.
  10. Agsalaska

    Agsalaska Well-Known Member

    That is odd
  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  12. beeenbag

    beeenbag Well-Known Member

    think putting it in a gun case with baking soda and or charcoal would help any?
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Baking soda will take the bluing off & rust anything else you put in the case from now on.

    Try what I said to try in post #11 before you do anything rash.

  14. CLP

    CLP Well-Known Member

    My thoughts exactly....house fire perhaps, and the wood absorbed the smoke/odor. May need to dance another jig and put on some new furniture. That'll take care of the odor problem.
  15. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    First of all what does it smell like?

    A strong smoke smell would raise concern on my part if the gun has been in a fire. Face it for $100.00 that gun has a questionable history.

    I would clean it first outdoors with kerosene or alcohol to get to bare metal and clean the wood and then triple my money by reselling it.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  16. jamesbeat

    jamesbeat Well-Known Member

    When I lived in the UK, I had a deactivated AKM that smelled like that; like it had been in a fire or had been sitting near a wood stove for a long time.

    I got rid of the smell by putting it through the dishwasher!

    I broke it down into as many pieces as possible and put it in the dishwasher.

    The dishwasher detergents stripped the metal parts of all oil and grease, which was what was holding the smell. I oiled it up and it smelled of brand new oil, nothing else.

    The dishwasher also stripped the stock of all of its finish.
    A lot of people warn against this, and I would normally use a less harsh method myself, but this was a desparate situation.
    Once stripped, 90% of the smell had gone from the wood. It seemed strongest on the bottom edge of the stock, so I sanded it a little to get down to fresh wood, which got rid of even more smell.
    I then sprayed all the wood with Frebreeze, and left it outside for a couple of days to air out (it was summer).
    The smell was almost all gone by that point, and when I applied a few coats of shellac, it disappeared forever.

    Hope that helps, I know how nauseating and pervasive the smell can be...
  17. beeenbag

    beeenbag Well-Known Member


    I'll give it a whirl and see if it helps. The bluing and finish is perfect on this gun so I don't think it was in a house fire, if so, it was well away from any heat.

    The guy I bought it off of said he has had since it was bought new in 01. He is a smoker and lives in a small house trailer, im about 90% positive he heats it with a woodburning stove.
  18. The-Reaver

    The-Reaver Well-Known Member

    I'd say leave it. That's character IMO
  19. flatlander937

    flatlander937 Well-Known Member

    What about taking the wood off and having it placed in a "hot tank" like what most automotive shops/engine building shops/etc might have for a little while?

    I think as others have stated, I'd focus more on the wood than the steel, though I might consider taking it apart and baking the metal parts in an oven at the lowest possible temp. I managed to pull a thread up about that here:


    edit: and the whole time I was reading this I couldn't help but think of the smelly car episode of Seinfeld:


  20. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Thats all well and good if he wants to remove every trace of stock finish right down to bare stripped wood.

    But I don't think he wants to do that quite yet.

    There are other less invasive things to try first before stripping all the finish off and starting over.


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