bad weather for good guns !

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  1. Ivan Carter

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    i was just watching this clip that we produced for a "teaser" to our tracks shows and it was thought provoking for me to start a thread on care of guns in bad weather ...the wet season in massailand means , well ...wet !!! you and all your equipment are going to get wet ..



    the ruger alaskan with a trijicon is a perfect solution ...the ruger is completely impervious to wet and can be left for days in a wet gunbag ...a death sentence for a fine double ...and the trijicon scopes are very water resistant ..again a death sentence for many scopes ...

    here are a few tips that will ensure you can hunt in the rain and keep your gear dry and functional

    1/ choice of gear ... see above
    2/daily oiling and wiping , take some extra rags and also lots of oil
    3/take some extra gunbags , whats worse that having a gun rained on is leaving it in a hot humid gunbag so alternating between bags and making sure that the tun is not left in the bag overnight will help.
    4/condoms for double gun or or the finger of a rubber glove for bolt guns to go over the end of the barrel while stalking , doesnt in any way affect shot
    5/where in dry you want to avoid excess oiling as it grabs all the dust , in wet environs liberal oiling is necessary

    lets hear some tips you might have ..

    thanks !
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    that is teasing, stopping just before the shot!!:tongue: didnt see any rain in the clip, or was that a teaser as well? ;) i have been there in the rains and you do get wet...just did the same , wiped the guns down and plenty of oil or wd 40 in the working bits.
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    Ivan

    Coat your metal gun parts with wax...place on your rifle before you depart for protection...
    And a good wax job on your wood stock removing all parts and pad and work the wax in real good. Hot wax works best. Wax will help keep moisture away from your metal and wood...and wax last longer than oil...

    Clear or masking tape works well on your barrel to keep rain out of the barrel...Good quality scope covers will protect your scope lenses...attach with a rubber band to your gun so that you do not lose them.

    Use a nylon sling to reduce water retention and remove from your rifle before storage.

    A gun slip impregnated with silicone should be used inside the soft gun case.

    For your bolt insides use graphite as it repels water and leaves a dry lubricated surface.
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    Instead of re-bluing and old rifle consider powder coating it.

    Fingers of rubber gloves work great but a peice of electrical tape across the muzzle secured with another wrap around the tip of the barrel is much more durable and also does not affect the accuracy.

    Bikini scope covers seal out moisture from scope lenses and a peice of tiolet paper placed between the cover and the lense remains dry, handy and ready to use if you must wait for the shot.
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    Sounds easier to just buy the Ruger Alaskan. I been thinking about this for my next rifle. I would like to sell off a few safe queens and get one in 375 Ruger but I think trijicon is a little pricey for me. I have a nice weaver 1x3 to put on it.
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    My thoughts, not that I am not promoting Ruger rifles here, find a nice stainless version of whatever caliber you like with a synthetic of laminate stock. I like Ruger, I really do, just I like others better.
    Electrical tape for the muzzle and Bikini scope covers, they are cheap and if you loose it, just put another one one when not shooting.
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    Another good scope cover can be made from a piece of innnertube.
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    James Wax is a great idea what I've used in the past is Neutral Shoe polish type wax, set it on fire for a few seconds put it out and while the wax is still hot rub it in. An old Army boot polishing trick works good on guns as well, for internal parts use a good gun oil and cheap balloons work great over the end of barrels if you don't want to buy a case of condoms. Bob
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    Now that will fit in well with your tire tread sandals!
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    Just put a new Zeiss on the 300WM, Synthetic stock and a stainless barrel (which I hate)
    It may get a powder coating here shortly, just to dull it down.
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    I am also not a fan of a blued action with a stainless bbl. For the price of it and considering its durability and longevity powder coating is hard to beat.
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    if you want the best for all your metal parts just send the rifle broken down to
    ROBAR to have a finish put on the parts.

    you will be able to throw the rifle in the ocean and come back the next day and take it out with no and i do mean no rust problems.

    Beats stainless steel and you have a nice satin blue finish. Cost is very reasonable.

    inter-parts receive a different finish. you will need to reset your trigger pull when the assembly is complete.

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