LOng term storage for a bare barrel?


Click Click Boom
December 2, 2008, 12:28 AM
I have a bare barrel that I just took delivery of. It was made in 1989 and was shipped to me with dry cosmoline. I want to clean it good to make sure the bore is ok. I have three days to inspect it for defects. It will be a future(long, long, long time from now) replacement barrel. Whats the best way to store it?

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December 2, 2008, 01:00 AM
One of these: http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/BAG196-0.html

You should also lightly oil it before putting it in storage.

December 2, 2008, 05:21 AM
there is a new storage bag on the market that goes by Rust Arrest , i just received some as a gift pretty slick for long term storage .


Click Click Boom
December 2, 2008, 11:56 AM
Do you have a link?

December 2, 2008, 12:10 PM
I did the same thing with a spare 1903A3 barrel. I made an adapter for my grease gun and filled the barrel with grease.


Click Click Boom
December 2, 2008, 01:13 PM
Are any of these good for long term storage?

1. Pro Gold
2. Shooters choice all weather high tech gun grease
3. Birchwood Casey SHEATH rust preventtive.

December 2, 2008, 02:22 PM
The most important things about long term storage are keep it in a low humidity environment and keep it covered to protect from dust. You need very little oil/grease if you can keep dust off the surface of guns. Dust attracts moisture from the air and holds it against the surface causing rust. That's why I prefer rust proofing methods that dry. Like Sheath/Barricade, Eezox, and the best is Gunslick Gun-Seal. Kept in a dry environment these products will protect for years against rust without reapplying. I've run my own corrosion tests for 5 years now.

Click Click Boom
December 2, 2008, 02:29 PM
Is Sheath/Gunslick gun-seal safe on chrome lined bores?

Float Pilot
December 2, 2008, 03:41 PM
There is a product called BoeShield that drys to a thin waxy film. It was originally made for the aircraft industry by Boeing. It works. Yamaha markets it as T-9 for outboard motors and snow machines.

For long term storage on the cheap, there is nothing wrong with smome regular old bearing grease (the marine type is best). Just smear a bunch through the bore and then smear a bunch on the extrerior. Then wrap it up in plastic or freezer wrap. It will last for years ad years.

If you plan on living in sea surf, then you could use or borrow a vacum sealer and seal your greased barrel into a long bag.

OR... Get a piece of plastic plumbing pipe that is just a little larger and glue a cap on one end. Insert the new barrel, fill with machine oil, and then cap the other end.

Click Click Boom
December 2, 2008, 04:18 PM
I have a ton of that shooters choice hi-tech gun grease. They were selling it for .49 cents a tube at GM. will this work?

Click Click Boom
December 2, 2008, 05:27 PM
I ran an oily patch down the boe and sprayed Birchwood Casey sheath on the outside. I then wrapped the barrel in Reynolds Seal tight plastic wrap and placed it in my safe. This should do for now right?

December 2, 2008, 08:43 PM
That sounds like a good way to go. Did you let the solvent in the Sheath dry for 10 min. before wrapping with plastic? If not, the solvent could deteriorate the plastic and glue it to the barrel. Not likely though.

Click Click Boom
December 2, 2008, 10:58 PM
I left a small film on the barrel....

I ordered some of the bags from the above post. This should do for now.

Is leaving a little sheath on the barrel bad?

December 3, 2008, 12:17 AM
Nope. When applied it will evaporate off the solvent and leave a waxy film you can see and push around with your finger. That waxy coating will protect bare steel for around a dozen coatings of saltwater before showing a hint of rust. Bare steel not sprayed with saltwater will last for years as the sample I have is almost 3 years old and still rust free. And that sample stays in my garage that reaches nearly 100 deg. in summer.

I've gotten away from grease since it dries and gums over time. It also attracts dust and allows rust to grow beneath it if not properly cleaned before application.

December 3, 2008, 02:06 PM
All you need is axle grease. The cheaper the better.
Pack the bore and smear the outside. Wrap the barrel with an old sheet then put the sheet wrapped barrel in a plastic bag and the stick it in a box. Label the box and stick it in your closet, under the bed where ever you want to leave it.

December 3, 2008, 03:14 PM
put it in a 55gal drum of crude.........

that is if you are a saudi prince

if not id pack the bore full of grease and the grease up the outside

either get a sheet or a plastic bag to put it in

either that or get a safe with a be humidifierbut thats alot of money

December 3, 2008, 06:57 PM
Since RIG is gone, I guess the next best rust preventing grease is Cosmoline. http://www.midwayusa.com/rewriteaproduct/267557

Rust inhibiting greases have additives which delay the migration of Oxygen through the grease. Wheel bearing lubes are lubricants. They are thick and heavy, but they are lubricants first and I doubt they have any rust inhibitors in them.

For my barrel storage, I clean the outside of the barrel. I wipe everything, interior and exterior, with an oily patch. Then I coat everything, inside and out, with RIG. (I still have a couple of cans).

Next I wrap the thing in wax paper, and use clear plastic tape to keep the wax paper from unraveling.

For collectable barrels, I go an additional step: I create a protective tube from PVC. I go to Home Depot, find a PVC tube in which the barrel fits snuggly. I buy the proper end caps. Once I cut the PVC tube to length, I glue one cap on one end. The other end, I tap on once the barrel is inside. I label the tube with magic marker.

The wax paper only has kept barrels perfect for ten years.

Click Click Boom
December 3, 2008, 08:44 PM
Slamfire1: Do you like the storage bags?

December 4, 2008, 07:39 PM
Slamfire1: Do you like the storage bags?

Never used them, don't know much about them.

Click Click Boom
December 5, 2008, 02:08 AM
Mike the wolf:

How are you sealing the larger bag? Do they have to be made air tight or just folding over the flap ok?

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