Gun socks for storage?


March 26, 2010, 12:34 AM
I have a few gun socks lying around and I was thinking about using them on my guns while being stored in my gun cabinet. I figured it would offer additional protection and guard against any dings when moving guns around inside the cabinet.

But I read a few reviews stating that long term storage in gun socks may actually cause the socks to collect and hold moisture and thus promoting rust. Is this true?

Is it better to leave the guns "in the open" while being stored in a cabinet/safe?

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March 26, 2010, 12:36 AM
I use the silicone socks from Midway and haven't had any problems yet. I take the guns out about once a year and wipe them down with a little gun oil and I'm sure that helps too.

Leafy Cronmer
March 26, 2010, 12:37 AM
I only own one and when I purchased it the guy told me the material was treated with something that made it hydrophobic. I have no idea if this is true or not but that's what was said.

March 26, 2010, 12:39 AM
theyre good for keeping dust off. dust can absorb moisture and keep it against the finish causing rust. just lightly oil it every 6 months or so and you should be fine

March 26, 2010, 09:32 AM
I also use the Midway branded socks, the long ones on my 556 Pistol keep it in great shape, but ready to ride if needed. I trust the socks and keep "cherry" or mint guns in those even in the boxes if I am storing them in the box. It's a cheap and easy way to have peace of mind.

I also use 2 dehumidifiers, one can plug in and heat up to disperse the moisture in the safe. Good stuff

March 26, 2010, 09:43 AM
I use them and they do help prevent dings but do a better job preventing scratches. I have used them for a couple years and have no problems with rust. I do use a golden rod and a silica container in the safe too though so I can't give the socks all the credit but they certainly aren't hurting. My wife cut some into quarters and sewed the ends back up which makes perfect gun socks for pistols too.

March 27, 2010, 02:18 AM
I've used Sack-Ups for years and been happy with them for storage.
About to by some more but since I last bought them a lot more have become available.
Sack-Ups are made in USA (an obvious plus) of cotton whereas Cabelas are imported and made of poly acrylic.
Is there a difference, real or theoretical between the two materials. They are both silicone treated.

March 27, 2010, 04:07 AM
I use cheap socks. Cheap Walmart ones sprayed down with CLP/Break Free. Seems to work on even blued revolvers.

March 27, 2010, 11:59 AM
I have used them for 3 years. Once a year inspections, clean, lubricate, coat, back in the sock. My safe is pretty tight so I like the "ding" protection offered.

March 27, 2010, 12:19 PM
I've used tham for years. Every rifle I own is in a sock.

March 27, 2010, 03:45 PM
Everything I own is in either a Cabelas Gun Sock or a Bore-Stor. I use the former for handguns and the latter for long guns that may bang against each other in the safe. Bore-Stors are better (much more padding against dings) but bulkier and more expensive. No rust whatsoever and I don't run a dehumidifier wand in the safe.

March 27, 2010, 07:19 PM
I like BoreStors for my more expensive long guns. They are padded and worth the price to protect the better guns. For my run-of-the-mill guns I find the socks work fine. Never any rust with either product.

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