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Ruger hard plastic clamshell case: safe to store guns in w/ dessicant?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MatthewVanitas, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    Washington DC (!)
    I've read a few things on the board saying that it's bad to keep a gun in a hardshell "clam" case. Referring to the solid plastic cases, with no cushioning.

    Is this a bad practice? Is it better or worse than keeping it in the cardboard box that many older guns came with? Does the situation change if you toss in a dessicant pack?

    I like the hardshell cases that Rugers come with, and every airline I've used accepts them in checked luggage if you put a padlock on it. Just wanted to know if it will damage the gun to keep it in there long-term, and if dessicant packs will help.

    My vague, vague impression is that the ideal is to store the gun in an enclosed space with a humidity-decreasing device, sitting on acid-free paper. Correct if wrong.

    If Ruger clamshells are okay, I may need to buy a few more for used Rugers I bought w/o cases. Giving MkIIs to both siblings for Christmas, just need to know how to store them.

  2. BrainOnSigs

    BrainOnSigs Active Member

    Jul 11, 2006
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    Storing a gun in the original case with the polyurethane padding is where you can get into trouble (like a Sig's case). The polyurethane isn't closed cell and can retain moisture causing rust issues.
  3. gezzer

    gezzer Senior Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Don't let the dessicant bags touch the gun it will rust them very badly. BTDT:cuss:

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