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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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drying a gun after rain?

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.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-05-2012, 11:32 PM
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Re: drying a gun after rain?

Dependin on how wet it got it might need to broken down to thoroughly dry and to preserve.
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Re: drying a gun after rain?

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.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 01:59 AM
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Re: drying a gun after rain?

Clean it, remove bolt, stand it in a safe corner, muzzle down, for a few days. Put a rag under the muzzle. Any residual water will move down, not into the action and trigger.

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Re: drying a gun after rain?

The bluing is of minimum importance; bore is more susceptible to rust. Wipe the exterior with oily cloth, but thoroughly path the bore, end with little oil.

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Re: drying a gun after rain?

Depeding if you have another gun to use I tend to take the stock off to get all the wetness off. It would need re-sighted afterwards as the point of aim would be off.

If I know it's going to rain or snow I take my slug gun. I don't really care if that gets wet.

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Re: drying a gun after rain?

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.

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Re: drying a gun after rain?

I use a hair dryer to evaporate any moisture that I can't get out with a paper towel.

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Re: drying a gun after rain?

sit it by a woodstove or heat source overnight..
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 09:55 PM
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Re: drying a gun after rain?

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.
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