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Storing rifles: muzzle down or muzzle up?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jakemccoy, Mar 25, 2008.

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I store my rifles...

  1. muzzle up.

    68 vote(s)
    82.9%
  2. muzzle down.

    10 vote(s)
    12.2%
  3. in another direction. (Explain.)

    7 vote(s)
    8.5%
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  1. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Member

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    Just a passing thought, it's nothing deep. However, you're welcome to make it deep if you want.
     
  2. Afy

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    mine are stored on their side
     
  3. CZguy

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    Mine are stored muzzle up in a safe, and that as deep as I care to go on this. :D
     
  4. joebogey

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    Up and down.
    Whatever makes them all fit in the safe.
    As for deep....all the way to the back.
     
  5. ftierson

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    Unless you really slobber gun oil all over your rifle and it has a wood stock, there's no particular reason to store it muzzle down. If you do, there is...

    Except for a few rifles displayed horizontallly on a rack, mine are stored muzzle up in a safe...

    Forrest
     
  6. Cosmoline

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    I'm not aware of any problems either way. Mine are in sacks on their sides in a horizontal safe. Rifles aren't like wine bottles, at least AFAIK
     
  7. hksw

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    I store them both ways like jb. All of the guns I have in safes are arranged to maximize capacity so the long guns are yin yanged. They are, though, all in gun socks to prevent dinging between them.
     
  8. CZguy

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    I would hate to see your sock drawer. :D:D
     
  9. CYANIDEGENOCIDE

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    if you store them muzzle up you are less likely to damage your barrel if you slip while picking it up. imagine dropping your new .778 chayupa magnum international right on the end of the barrel on the edge of your safe!!! not good for the accuracy or the safe. now imagine dropping it on the butt, seems less cringe worthy.

    that is why i keep them laying out on the floor so they can't fall :rolleyes:
     
  10. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Member

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    I started this poll expecting different results. Now, I have to think about why I'm the oddball...lol

    I store my long guns muzzle down because they're all loaded (not just Rule #1, but actually). I feel uncomfortable reaching for and handling a loaded rifle that's resting in the muzzle up position. Plus, my long guns lean against the back wall of my safe more stably in the muzzle down position. I thought about the issue of possible muzzle damage, but decided it's not much of an issue in my system. Further, my shotguns are pumps. A loaded pump shotgun that’s muzzle down seems safer because the weight of the forend (with bolt closed) is directed toward the muzzle where it should be.
     
  11. Buzzbox

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    I store my rifles muzzle up. many with muzzle guards.

    I have read that match shooting practice is hanging rifles by the sling, muzzle down. Not resting it on the muzzle.
     
  12. 3pairs12

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    mine are muzzle up for no particular reason other than fitting them all in the safe
     
  13. jhco

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    plus 1 from 3pairs12
     
  14. Green Lantern

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    Both. For proper Feng Shui...and to make 'em all fit. ;)
     
  15. jpwilly

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    Mine are up...
     
  16. Auburn1992

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    I must ask, why are they all loaded?
     
  17. jakemccoy

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    ^They're all loaded because all my guns are for use. ;)

    I have only four long guns. Depending on my mood, any of my long guns may get propped up next to me before I go to sleep. There is no loading and unloading involved on a nightly basis...cheers. Also, I don't have to worry about loading up whichever gun for the random, dangerous stray dog/predator outside...Yeehaw.
     
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