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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-26-2018, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Drying out rifle after opener?

It was a wet one for sure today. I was under a tree umbrella all day. The most wetness it got was the walk in. I was piled up before I went in today and wiped off all water when home. Do I need to blow this all out with air or?....what is the next step? Never had my gun really out in weather like this before.
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Air dry? Synthetic stock...currently in open at room temperature
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Remove bolt or open action and let it dry room temp. I run a rag through the barrel. If you want you can remove action and barrel from stock and give it a good cleaning. Once your season is over a good strip down and cleaning is a good winter project.
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Hard to get everything dry without removing stock. If you do that you have to sight back in. Air compressor followed by a hand held hair drier. If its a bolt action you can remover the bolt to help it dry. With a hair dryer you can get the metal hot enough to probably dry areas that the compressed air did not get. To prevent rust in some tight areas you can use pb blaster and then blow it away with compressed air. To much oil can gum a firing pin especially when cold. This is just a quick fix, at the end of season tear it down and clean and lube it right.
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Another vote for the air compressor, if you have one available. I'll also stand it upside-down (barrel to the floor) near a heat source, but not close enough to be damaged by the heat. It's amazing how much moisture a wood stove draws out of anything wet.
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Another vote for the air compressor, if you have one available. I'll also stand it upside-down (barrel to the floor) near a heat source, but not close enough to be damaged by the heat. It's amazing how much moisture a wood stove draws out of anything wet.

Ditto. Near a wood stove does the trick. And too close can expand the metal and alter scope POI.
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I set it near the wood burner bore down. When it is dry i wipe it down with G96.
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Hair drier.

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This is why my more recent rifle purchases have been stainless/synthetics.

After opening day, I try to avoid hunting if it's raining. I hunt for fun, and hunting in the rain is not much fun.
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My BLRs are very sensitive to any contamination in the action. The smallest pieces of goldenrod seed will prevent the rotating lug to lock up. I blow out the action and 2 clips every day. Rain seems to add to the chaff that gets in the action. My .300 WSM is aluminum/ brushed stainless, but I still wipe it down with some Rem Oil after every hunt.

I don’t take the .308 out in the rain. It’s blued, with a nice walnut stock. My fair weather friend.

When it is really nasty, or when I hunted Alaska or Newfoundland ( lots of bad weather ), I took my Ruger 77. Synthetic stock, stainless action/ barrel. It also holds up good to salt water conditions.
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