how do you guys ensure your gun is dry after a rain? I have a nice new savage 111 im almost afraid to hunt with in the rain. if i wiped it down when i got home and ran the fan on it is that ok or? It is a synthetic stock.
On Tuesday at camp I was covered in snow after the morning hunt, I took the bolt out wiped it down and just ran a dry patch quickly through the barrel. That will do the trick, and remember to take care of your weapons but they are also tools you use, not show pieces.
i take out the bolt if possible and let it sit horizontally upside down to let the water run out of it for a day or so. then i clean it as normal with hoppes and remoil. but i only take new guns out in the rain. if it was an oldtimer, i'd break it down as much as possible.
Pull the bolt and stock off, if it got really wet, hit it hard with WD-40 (water displacement is its intended purpose), then wipe down with a rust inhibitor (inside and out), and let sit at room temperature for a day or so; I liked the corner standing on a towel suggestion. Afterwards, give it a good cleaning and apply a rust inhibitor, again. I'm partial to Eezox, but others will work, just don't count on Hoppe's as a rust inhibitor (or lubricant for that matter), though it is a great solvent. I always like to put a light coat of Kroil, or other machine oil, in the barrel before putting my rifles away.