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WTK Firearms and rust in the NW.....any advice?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by repins05, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. repins05

    repins05 OR Member

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    Just pulled a rifle out after about 6 months and I have rust..........

    I put a coat of oil on it when I stored it. Anyway, not the first time it has happened. Anyone have some advice on how to prevent rust long term? Products etc.? Thanks.
     
  2. Smoke It

    Smoke It northwest New Member

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    Buy a heater and install it in the safe never happen again also outdoor store sells a drying agent you can just open up in the safe that works or so I have heard.
     
  3. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I have a reusable silica gel pack in my safe that works very well.
     
  5. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Pulled it out of what? If you pulled it out of a gun case that is by far the WORST place to store a gun.

    What part of the PNW are you in? I am on the East side so not much problem with rust here, but I am sure West side folks have some tips.
     
  6. repins05

    repins05 OR Member

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    Closet........need a second safe. Also have had issues with my mags etc. I have used the rechargeable silica packs in the storage containers that I have my mags and misc. firearm accessories. But they turn pink in a month or two.

    I am on the west side.

     
  7. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Vaseline, coat the entire thing inside and out. REMEMBER to clean the bore, bolt etc. before firing! I've used this on all my stored weapons after seeing a fine collection that belongs to a good friend. He lives directly along the beach and has kept them pristine using this method. I guarantee you wont have a rust issue.
     
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    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    jyerxa Graham Member

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    almost any grocery store has something called "Dry-Z-Air". Boaters use it here in the Sound to keep their cabins dry. It sucks the moister out of the air helps stop the mold and mildew. Should stop your rust issue too. On the coast really is tough on metal. Wipe your gun down with transmission fluid and it will never rest.
     
  10. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    I store my overflow in a walk in closet. I noticed I was starting to get traces of rust on the butt plates of some mil-surps that sat on carpet. I now leave the closet light on 24/365 and have the rifles on a 1X6 strip of wood. No more rust issues.

    I use the rechargeable silica packs in my safes and recharge every two months.
     
  11. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    I use the "Dry-Z-Air" (Bi-Mart sells it and I recently saw it at Wal-Mart) and rub them down real good with CLP. The Dry-Z-Air kit is about $10 and the recharge packets run about $1.50 each. They work by capturing moisture and collecting it in a bowl built into the kit. I can say from experience the captured moisture will kill the grass and or weeds when you dump it out.
    Mike
     
  12. pioneer461

    pioneer461 Columbia County, Oregon Active Member

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    Pulled your rifle out of what? Safe? Case? Closet? Indoors, or in the garage?

    I have 3 gun safes, all in an interior room with no outside exposure, climate (heat pump) controlled. In each safe I have various sizes of silica jell packets. Since I began this kind of storage, about 20+ years ago, I have never had a speck of rust or other corrosion on any of my guns or other items stored there.
     
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    Wood Worker Linn County Oregon Active Member

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    I used to have some rust problems, but not for years now.
    When I did, I used birtchwood caseys sheath spray and things stopped rusting.
    Now I only use it to remove fingerprints from my older finely blued revolvers.
     
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    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    I also have had very good success using Birchwood Casey's Sheath - now relabeled "Barricade".
    Barricade gets into the smallest spaces. I re-apply it once a year and never had any rust.
    I also use a Goldenrod heater in my safe. You can also use a low watt light bulb.
    The gentle heat it creates keeps the dew-point at safe levels for metal.
     
  15. foggood11

    foggood11 Western Washington New Member

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    My poor man's method: bought silica cat litter - costs about $8 at Wally World for a big bag - and took several of my better half's USED knee-high stocking hose (DON'T use a brand new pair - long story....). Put about 1/2 pound in each stocking, and arrange them throughout the safe and ammo boxes. No worries with moisture around here.

    Note: the sand-based cat litter won't work. Must use the silica crystal product.