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How should a nice blued revolver be stored?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bushmaster1313, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    What is the proper way to store in a safe a nice blued revolver like a Python or a Model 27?

    Long guns are easy, uncased muzzle down. But what do I do with a blued revolver?
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
  2. Maia007

    Maia007 Well-Known Member

    For long term storage, I use Eezox on the exterior surfaces and then put it in a BoreStore fabric sock. Eezox is an excellent rust preventative. Borestores are excellent as well, even without a first rate rust preventative.

    For guns stored in the safe and not used much, a coat of Eezox is probably enough if you have the guns in open racks within the safe.

    For guns handled and used often, I don't do anything special other than ordinary cleaning, lubing and wiping down.
  3. SaberOne

    SaberOne Active Member

    I agree the BoreStore and Eezox is very good, but I use the Ballistol Sportsman's Gun Oil simply because it works just as well, and I can get it with the BoreStore on the Midway website. Anyway, just my 2-cents.
  4. BCRider

    BCRider Well-Known Member

    If it's safe "kisses" that you're worried about then fold it up in a cheap hand towel. Or for a neater storage sleeve that you can use for transporting your pistols to the range get someone to make up fleece "flap holsters" of generous size that the flap folds over and there's a tab of velcro or a lace on the end of the flap to tie up around the gun to hold the flap closed.
  5. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I have more handguns than I have space to lay them flat in my safe. I tried using wire shelving to double stack them, but once the safe's shelf started to sag I started to rethink the idea of bare guns shelved up. I imagined what it would be like if the shelf fell. Even after bracing up the safe's shelf, I couldn't get rid of the image of a pile of handguns falling on a rack full of long guns. At that point, I bought pistol rugs for all of my handguns. For the blue ones, I wax them with Johnson's paste wax. Some people feel the wax is all that is needed to protect them. I go overboard and oil them as well. After they are oiled, I wrap them in a flannel cloth that is pretty oily from use and put each gun in a pistol rug. I can stack them or put them on their ends like books on a shelf.
  6. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    I spray them with Silicone Spray lubricant, buff it off, the put them inside an old white cotton sock.

    I started doing that years ago, when I had little money to buy fancy gun rugs and such. I've never had a rust problem so I never saw any reason to change.
  7. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    No doubt that silicone works....My dad has a pile of guns, but isn't a "gun guy". He also has a silicone impregnated clothe that he got in the 70's (no joke). That is all he uses to wipe his guns down with. He's never had a rust issue. He doesn't oil them. Matter of fact, I just learned at Xmas that he didn't even own any gun oil and bought him a can.
  8. SC_Slowhand

    SC_Slowhand Well-Known Member

    Gun Storage

    I treat blued or stainless the same way. If they're shooters used for range trips or hunting it's the standard cleaning and oiling for maintenance thing. When it comes tro long term storage it's a whole different thing.

    I've got two old rifles standing in a wooden gun case, witha glass door, that I use Easyox on. About once a year I take then out and run a patch down the barrel and give them a light cleaning. No rust, no problem.

    Handguns are a different storage consideration. For long term storage it's Ballistol on the black powder and Rem Oil on the mnodern stuff.

    On a couple of the older ones, non shooters I've applied Renaissance Wax and use Bore-Stores. For the others an on old sock or part of a T Shirt work just fine to wrap them up. They all get stored in Plano cases (polyurethane foam lined) and stored in a safe.

    It's the usual rust, mold and mildew paranoria thing. :) Unheated walk in closets or attics where the temperatures aren't controlled are out. I've run into several old pieces that were stored in the original box, in a sock drawer for 40 or 50 years and look brand new.
  9. huntershooter

    huntershooter Well-Known Member

    I store handguns in (their) gun rugs, in safes with a
    "Goldenrod" dehumidifier. Safe is in a climate controlled environment.
  10. PerryHall

    PerryHall Member

    For guns that won't be shot for awhile, I put some RIG on a patch and then wipe down the bore and the outside surfaces of the gun to protect against rust. I live in a very humid area and I've never had a problem with rust. Anyone else use RIG?
  11. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

  12. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // I live in upstate S.C. After cleaning I apply Barricade inside and out, including bore for longterm storage.

    I store all firearms in a climate controlled area, in a safe with a 40w incandesent light ,desssicant bags and CORR bags for the unfired treasures.

    For the shooters I scavaged the racks from an old safe and set up a shelf in the top of this safe. These stay rust free with occasional wipedowns.
    For the unfired or rare I use the CORR ammo bags. These bags can be placed in a cushioned case to further protect the items inside.
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    FWIW I have an NIB ,unassembled, 1968, Winchester, model 1200 RIOT that has only seen the occasional wipe down (used to be with Hoppes now Barricade) then rewrapped in the waxpaper.

    If it aint broke don't fix it... win1.jpg win2.jpg

    Good luck finding what works for you.
  13. PerryHall

    PerryHall Member

    I guess we are lucky that we have so many products available that all seem to do a good job for cleaning, lubricating and protecting our guns.
  14. BCRider

    BCRider Well-Known Member

    If you're oiling the guns then the waxing step is a waste of time. Most oils will dissolve the parafin wax in Johnsons floor wax like sugar in warm water. So you just end up with some slightly thickened oil. At that point you may as well skip the wax step and save yourself some time.

    In fact the Johnson's floor wax is just a mix of waxes, parafin being a major player from the look and feel of it dissolved in a bit of low odour solvent akin to Varsol or Mineral spirits to make it soft enough to pick up and apply easily.
  15. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I figured I was taking off at least some of the wax by putting on oil...I wonder if Ballistiol would have the same affect on the wax?
  16. welldoya

    welldoya Well-Known Member

    I use Breakfree CLP and store them in Crown Royal bags.
    I used to use Rem Oil but the CLP just seems to be a lot better oil.
  17. vsteel

    vsteel Active Member

    I wax them for long term storage. I prefer Collinite Insulator Wax. (which I also use on all of my vehicles, it is the best stuff I have ever used.) I clean the outside well, make sure the metal surfaces are free of oil and the put the wax on. On a side note when you do wax a gun, make sure you use a wax that doesn't have any abrasives.

    I do run a lightly oiled patch down the bore to keep rust from the inside.
  18. earplug

    earplug Well-Known Member

    RIG in Georgia

    My friend had a large collection of prewar Smith and Wesson's he kept in a bank vault. Each revolver was kept in a zipper case.
    Once a year we would decant them from the safe deposit boxes and wipe them down with a cloth with RIG.
    He had no problems with rust.
    I once left a nice Colt under my car seat while deployed with the US Army for a week or two. It rusted in its case. I did not use RIG.
    Take the advice from the people from the SE part of the US about rust.
    I worked in a bluing shop. We made money on corrosion.
    I have had great success with common CLP.
  19. Coal Dragger

    Coal Dragger Well-Known Member

    I store mine next to the chlorine tablets for the pool and the water softener salt.

    Just kidding.
  20. swinokur

    swinokur Well-Known Member

    I use RIG. Just put a very thin coat on all my pistols, even my carry guns. I wipe it off before I holster it. Good stuff

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