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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-25-2011, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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rain and rifles

Will hunting in a rain bugger up a high powered rifle particularly the stock etc. I have a remington 30.06 model 700 with a (wood) walnut stock and a leupold 3x9. I can keep me pretty dry during a rain, but the rifle always has my concern. By rain, i am not speaking of a drizzle, nor a monsoon. thanks
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Re: rain and rifles

I don't take a chance...if there is rain in the forecast than any wooden stocked rifle stays home and I grab one of the synthetics. Just be sure either way to remove your stock after the day is done to ensure all is cleaned and dried.

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Re: rain and rifles

My Win 70 has seen a lot of nasty weather over the 30+ years that I've owned it and I never had any problems. The biggest thing you need to worry about is your scope.

That said, other than wanting to take another deer with a handgun, when the weather turns wet & nasty, I like carrying my stainless steel Ruger Super Redhawk.

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Re: rain and rifles

People have been hunting and fighting in the rain with wooden stocked rifles ever since there were wooden stocked rifles. I have used one rifle exclusively since 1970 for deer, in rain and snow and sun shine. I have never had a problem with the gun. I had it taken down by a gunsmith a few months ago for the first time for a good cleaning and there was no sign of weather damage. Just use some common sense after your gun gets wet, people have been doing it for hundreds of years.




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Re: rain and rifles

Take your action out of the stock, and make sure it has a finish on it ,if not get some minwax stain and finish it.
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Re: rain and rifles

Rain can swell the wood and if it is against the barrle it can change how it shoots but it your not shooting 300yds or more you should be all right in the rain
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Re: rain and rifles

I have heen hunting for 29 years. Every one of my rifles have been wood stocked and blued steel. You just have to take care of them....If you neglect your rifle, It WILL rust.

I have only ever had one bolt action. An Interarms Mark X. I never had a problem with the stock swelling even though that rifle would have stayed dryer if I had thrown it in a lake some times.

One thing to remember though....If you take the barreled action out of the stock, You need to sight it back in after reassembly. You may get lucky and you will still hit to the same POA, But it is not likely.

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Re: rain and rifles

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People have been hunting and fighting in the rain with wooden stocked rifles ever since there were wooden stocked rifles. I have used one rifle exclusively since 1970 for deer, in rain and snow and sun shine. I have never had a problem with the gun. I had it taken down by a gunsmith a few months ago for the first time for a good cleaning and there was no sign of weather damage. Just use some common sense after your gun gets wet, people have been doing it for hundreds of years.
I'm guessing that would be the model 88?
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Re: rain and rifles

We have had hundreds if not thousands of guns come through the shop over the past 20+ years and most are folk's general hunting rifles used in all weather. We haven't seen one yet that has shown any signs of stock swelling. Some have also been in fires and we have two that were stored in a very damp storage shed for a few years. The stocks are just fine but the metal is very pitted and rusty.

Just dry the gun off at the end of the day and give it a light coat of a Teflon based oil. No need to "add a quart" as this is the #1 reason for gun malfunctions that we see. WD-40 works for some but it is a water displacer and rust inhibitor. Bluing is a fine controlled rust. Based on my experience, the bluing on guns that are oiled with WD-40 tend to have more worn bluing than those oiled with Teflon based lubricants. Petroleum based lubricants are also very problematic on Remington 760's and 7600's as it deteriorates the O-ring around the magazine tube and the guns don't slide well when it breaks which could cost you a shot at your critter.

Make sure to never to throw a coat or vest over the metal on the ride home or don't leave it in the case until the next day as this is a sure recipe for rust.
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Good guess.




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