I just got a Stainless .270 WSM Tikka recently that was brand new; only bore sighted. The previous owner bought it, and then never used it. Have hunted with this rifle several times now and love it, it's a tack driver. That's beside the point.
After gaining ownership of this rifle, I noticed it had a couple rust spots on the end of the barrel. This is my first stainless rifle, my other rifle is Teflon coated so this finish is new to me. Is there any solvent or method to remove this rust spots and restore the barrel finish? They aren't overly large and don't bother me too much, but if there was an easy fix, I would do it.
Other than that, I went on an extremely brushy/wet/dirty hike last weekend and the exterior of the barrel has a little bit of dried dirt and I guess you could say streaks/blemishes from rubbing against bushes/branches, etc. Again not a big deal, and I can kind of rub/scrape it off with a rag without too much work. However if there is a type of solvent that could be used to easily wipe down/clean the exterior before oiling maybe that would be a better choice. I have read that using solvent like Hoppes on the outside of rifles is not a good idea for whatever reason.? Or maybe I should just rub it down and then just oil it. Maybe I am over thinking this. Anyways, any advice would be appreciated.