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Long term storage

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Blue Brick, Jul 31, 2011.

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  1. Blue Brick

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    What do you recommend coating the barrel with for long term storage in a very dry non-moisture environment, like Arizona? I was thinking a light coat of Hoppes or gun oil. Thanks.
     
  2. 33rowdy

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    I'd like to know this myself!
     
  3. Mike1234567

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    I've read great reviews about Eezox.
     
  4. briansmithwins

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    Breakfree CLP.

    I once had a AK stolen. It was recovered from what was described as 'a chicken coop' with a bunch of other guns that I saw pics of, many of which ranged from rusty to very rusty.

    My AK had a light coat of CLP on it when it went away. It came back with a few, very minor rusty spots and had no pitting or serious damage.

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  5. sansone

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    how about rem-oil?
     
  6. Cosmoline

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    For serious long-term storage I break down the firearm and use Rig grease on the steel parts.

    I believe CLP will wear off or evaporate off over time.
     
  7. Blue Brick

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    OK Thanks, So will Hoppes hurt anything if left on wet long term (under a year) ?
     
  8. ColtPythonElite

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    I have a shotgun that spent nearly 15 years in a gunsock in my closet. I'd wipe it down with Rem oil every year or two when I remembered it. It never rusted.
     
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    Hoppes and other gun oils are not likely to hurt anything, but may slightly change the color of blue or phosphate finishes.

    For storage of up to a few years in desert conditions I would recommend Boeshield T-9, Corrosion-X, or Eezox. The first two are common marine and aerospace preservatives; I use Boeshield with great results. Eezox is aimed at the firearms market and works about as well as a preservative, but is harder to find, costs more, and slightly toxic.

    For storage of more than 1-3 years I would coat all metal parts in RIG grease or a similar heavy preservative grease. And with that you would be good for decades.

    Most common gun oils aren't very good against corrosion. Breakfree CLP is reasonably good and better than most other common options. SLIP2000 and Weaponshield are probably a little better based on tests I've seen.
     
  10. Lloyd Smale

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    I use a corduba car wax. It doesnt attract dust.
     
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    :D A conservator in a museum uses a neutral PH wax to protect the metal parts of fire arms on display. The reason for this is oil attracts dirt, dust and both attract moisture. ;)

    During the American Civil War the triple mix of one third "raw" linseed oil, one third bees wax, and one third turpentine was used as pre-petroleum age cosmoline.

    It was also rubbed on firearms in use to protect the rifle from the elements.

    And last but not least the woman of the house used the same triple mix for polishing her wooden furniture.

    I rub the triple mix on my milsurps while they are "hanging out".

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    Check out VCI storage bags ("volatile corrosion inhibitors")-it works!

    The Military uses this technology for storing all kinds of things-it leaves NO residue, there is no application of product....

    It is an additive put into poly bags that emits a vapor which eliminates corrosion-it's as simple as putting the gun into a bag!

    It also comes in other formats such as emitter cups-Cheaper than Dirt carries the bags for pistols and rifles as well as emitters (every gun in the safe in my garage is in a bag and I've had ZERO issues of any kind and will not have).
     
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    Corduba wax? Is that what Ricardo Montalban put on his Chrysler back in the 70's? Well, that might have been Cordoba wax. LOL....I have put carnauba wax on my cars, though. For guns, I prefer Johnson's paste wax for wood floors.
     
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    A gunsmith once told me that auto paste wax can protect unblued gun barrels. I did so for at least 6 years on an unblued chrome-moly benchrest rifle barrel and never saw a spot of rust. Re-apply about once a year to protect against finger print rusting.

    I also use Breakfree CLP and new Rem-Oil with Moisture Guard. They both seem to work fine on my guns.
     
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    How about petroleum jelly?
     
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    That what I used the other day.
     
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    Put a coating of ballistol on the outside and inside, and it has not failed me yet. I swear by it. For my military surplus collection that gets looked at more than it gets handled or shot, I will begin going to a wax to protect them.
     
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    Bore cleaners contain chemicals to dissolve fouling. Some of them should only be left on steel for a limited time. They certainly aren't designed or intended to prevent rust. Use some kind of oil instead.
     
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    Cosmoline. ;)
     
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    I'd go with Eezox on/ in the gun and put itvin a VCI bag. How's that for overkill?
     
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    Overkill is underrated. The last long term storage I did I used Breakfree Collectors and VCI bags. The last time I checked was at two years and not a speck of rust.
     
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    I'm buying some mil-surp 12"x12"x48" steel boxes with rubber seals and built-in pressure relief valves. For long-term storage Ill coat all parts, inside and out, with Eezox. Then I'll store the firearms in these boxes muzzle upward inside treated poly bags with more than enough oxygen absorbers and dessicant. The containers will be stored in a climate controlled environment (my house). Yes, it's overkill but at least I'll never need to worry about them.
     
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