The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Art of the Rifle: Bolt, Lever, and Pump Action

Thread Tools
Old January 26, 2014, 04:57 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: February 17, 2009
Posts: 386
Storing Rifles in a Safe

So I bought a safe as I have a child that will be into them before long.

I am kind of particular about my guns, especially my Model 70 Super Grade.

The metal surfaces of my rifles have a light coat of Break-free CLP, they are in silicone-lined sack-ups, and they have a little dehumidifier in the safe with them like the one pictured.

Am I okay?

Clevinger is offline  
Old January 26, 2014, 05:13 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: November 18, 2013
Location: South West, Alabama
Posts: 588
Just keep an eye on them. Look at them once a week for a month or so. The gun socks are what really help out.
NRA member

Paintings were made to look at, and guns were made to be shot. If you aren't going to use them as they are intended for, get rid of them and buy a Picasso.
Dc777 is offline  
Old January 26, 2014, 05:52 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: May 27, 2011
Location: Ohio-Kentucky - florida
Posts: 1,101
That little dehumidifier works pretty good. Just check it every cpl weeks and plug in for 12-24 hours or until crystals are bright blue. I also make up desiccant packs out of large coffee filters. I use these in ammo cans etc. you can buy the same stuff in that little dehumidifier at hobby lobby called Dri Splendor. It has the blue to pink indicating crystals and can be recharged in microwave or oven.
Garycw is offline  
Old January 26, 2014, 07:43 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: November 4, 2008
Location: Buffalo WY
Posts: 1,040
Take them apart and wax everything you can possible get to,buff, polish remove the wax.Treat oiled wood with "Howard's Wax N Feed,available at ACE,Home Despot.Wax should be high grade caranuba. I use instrument wax(wood)high grade auto wax with no cleaners just wax.Only oil,bolt release and other small moving parts.oil migrates and goes into undesirable places.Put them back together then sack them,you will never see rust on anything.Long term storage wax the bores and chambers.It works museums use a similar process for their collectible guns. I find they clean up after using much quicker and the wax reapplied after a few outings.
longranger is offline  
Old January 26, 2014, 08:38 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: September 19, 2008
Posts: 4,562

FWIW, I've had zero gun safe issues, since I installed a 110v Golden Rod dehumidifier (about 15 years ago) - now, I don't even think about it, much less have to "check" an absorbent every so often.

PetahW is offline  
Old January 27, 2014, 07:48 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: March 21, 2005
Posts: 326
The dehumidifier is good. I also coat my firearms with Balistol oil and never have a problem.
jehu is offline  
Old January 27, 2014, 12:09 PM   #7
Knight cadet
Join Date: January 15, 2014
Location: The Gunshine State
Posts: 70
Having central air helps out alot too because it dehumidifies the whole house.
Knight cadet is offline  
Old January 27, 2014, 03:01 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: June 15, 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 5,492
In my experience putting guns inside cloth sacks is a good way to ATTRACT and hold moisture and ruin guns. They are not meant for long term storage.

I've never had an issue. I just make sure the safe doors are opened for a few hours once a week or so and let air circulate inside.
jmr40 is offline  
Old January 27, 2014, 07:09 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: August 1, 2010
Location: Tampa Bay
Posts: 2,761
I guess a dehumidifier is required if the safe or cabinet is in a non-conditioned space.

My gun cabinets are in the air-conditioned house...which is de-facto, de-humidified already.
Custom Gunstocks for the Mosin-Nagant and Stock Duplication
tobnpr is offline  
Old January 27, 2014, 07:20 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: January 6, 2011
Location: Thornton, Texas
Posts: 2,109
My gun safe is in the barn. No heat or A/C. I tried the granular stuff, but wasn't happy with it. Got a Goldenrod that plugs in and have had no problems at all in years.
603Country is online now  
Old January 27, 2014, 07:30 PM   #11
Senior Member
Join Date: July 14, 2008
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 868
Another +1 for the goldenrod, I use one in mine and haven had any broblems, I wipe my guns down once in a while but no other special richuals.
We know exactly where one cow with Mad-cow-disease is located, among the millions and millions of cows in America, but we haven't got a clue where thousands of illegal immigrants and terrorists are
smee78 is offline  

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2013 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.11523 seconds with 9 queries