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    What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    I've heard crackers, rice, silicone packets. What do you folks use that works?

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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    Moisture? I live in Texas, we don't have moisture! Wish I could help! If you have extra please send it our way, it's so bad if I knew it would bring a rain I would lay a gun or two out in the yard!!
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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    I just make sure to keep my guns cleaned and lubed. Living in Pittsburgh we have an average of like 70% humidity during warmer months. Just find a good CLP that you like to use and don't be afraid to be slightly liberal with it if you're storing the gun for a while.

    I've heard a few guys say they soak cotton balls in CLP and stuff them in the barrels of their rifles and shotguns to prevent moisture buildup. Never tried that myself, but to each his own I suppose.
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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    I do not worry too much about it with my pistols as they are all shot/cleaned on a regular basis. I do have quite a few long guns that are stored in a safe and on display racks. As far as the barrels, they all are shot with cast bullets lubed with Liquid Alox and the lube is a corrosion proof wax used in overseas shipments of metal parts. Never had an issue with corrosion in barrels for a decade and a half. That leaves surface rust to worry about. I use the Golden Rod dehumidifiers in the safe and even on the display racks. I don't have any problems despite living in a high humidity part of Texas.

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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    +1 for the Golden Rod. Have one in my safe and have no issues at all with it.
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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    The Golden Rod is not only for use inside a safe. Here is a good example of how to use one with a "Sheriff's" style rack. Note the horizontal "Golden" rod across the back base of the stand. The rifles in this rack where having surface corrosion problems before the installation of the rod. Zip after. The heated rod drops humidity and increases circulation of the the dryer air.


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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    I first use a good coating of oil, lately it has been Burchwood/Casey Barricade but most oils will do a pretty good job. In my safe I use 2 of the Remington #365 desiccant dehumidifiers. Picked them up a couple of years ago at Gander Mountain on sale for $19.99 each.

    My safe is a 42 gun, they keep it 8-10% lower humidity than the rest of the house and I recharge them once a month. If my safe had a spot for a cord I would try a golden rod though.

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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    Quote Originally Posted by double tee
    Moisture? I live in Texas, we don't have moisture! Wish I could help! If you have extra please send it our way, it's so bad if I knew it would bring a rain I would lay a gun or two out in the yard!!
    I'll send my wife over, she has some american indian in her and I kid you not when she dances it seems to rain here! we actually tease her about it

    Rice and silicone packets will work in a closed environment like a safe or case. Like others have said, you can over oil them a bit if you are going to store them. I oil inside the barrels of rifles I don't plan on shooting for months at a time. Just make sure you clean it out really well with solvent before you shoot it. The oil will over pressure the barrel if you shoot without cleaning it and that can be bad! I don't do this to any of my hand guns, or anything I would use for self defense, I don't think the bad guys would sit around while I cleaned the oil out first!

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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    Quote Originally Posted by double tee
    Moisture? I live in Texas, we don't have moisture! Wish I could help! If you have extra please send it our way, it's so bad if I knew it would bring a rain I would lay a gun or two out in the yard!!
    Have you ever been to Houston? Plenty of moisture there....I've even seen threads here about rusted out 1911's in people's safes.
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    Re: What do you use to keep moisture away from guns

    I always keep the silica gel packs that come with electronic equipment and the like. They can be reused, and when they become saturated 30 seconds or so in a microwave will restore them as a desiccant. Silica gel generally gets pink when it's saturated, and on some gel packs you can see the color through the gauze. A good coat of oil and regular cleanings is your best defense. I use a shaving brush to apply oil - puts on a nice light coat. I used to use Birchwood Casey's Sheath product, and it works really well for protecting the outside of a firearm, but don't get it on the internals. It congeals with time which is good for the outside as it forms a protective coating, however it will gum up mechanisms but good.

    I think placement probably makes a difference too if you're going to put a desiccant bag in a safe. There's no air flow inside a safe, and I'm guessing the best place to put them would be low in the safe. Water being heavier than air, I'm guessing the bottom of the safe is going to be more humid than the top. Just a guess though.
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