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January 1, 2009, 09:04 PM
i broke out my guns for maintenance/cleaning and noticed my knight wolverine was full of surface rust inside the barrel.

i havent shot it in at least a year, and oiled down about 3 months ago. the gun case hasn't been opened till today.

its the first time this has happened, ive left it sit in a storage unit for a year before with no problems.

any idea what could have caused it. any idea about how to prevent it from happening again?

January 1, 2009, 10:50 PM
It's probably from summer humidity or there could have been some powder residue that was left in the barrel that interacted with humidity/moisture.
Gravity causes oil to run, so some surfaces are left unprotected.
RIG grease is an old favorite for really long term storage protection and Eezox has a sterling reputation as a rust preventative:


There's also several makers of rust inhibiting storage bags for rifles and pistols like those below:



4V50 Gary
January 1, 2009, 11:41 PM
Besides thorough cleaning, coat it with RIG. If you have something you're not going to shoot, get Rennaisance Wax from Woodcraft Stores. It's microcystelline, PH neutral and was developed by the British Museum for conserving wood, metal and leather objects. It's used world wide by museums. Now, if you can't find either, GI grease works great too.

January 2, 2009, 11:00 AM
You mentioned storing it in a case. That's likely part of the problem. Sealed, or truly airtight, cases are expensive and hard to maintain but effective in keeping guns rust free. A good oil/ rust preventative is cheaper and just as good. Regular gun cases are unfortunately effective at collecting and trapping moisture and so are really the worst place to store a gun. Use the above advice for rust prevention and then store your guns in a simple cotton fabric sleeve to keep the dust out. Use the padded cases for transport only.

January 2, 2009, 01:41 PM
unfortunately i dont have a place here to store them except the cases.

January 3, 2009, 04:57 AM
In a really humid environment, a plastic lined, plastic case can help to prevent humidity from reaching a gun.
That works better than leaving it out in the open exposed to the humidity.
Don't ask me how I know, because it was only this past summer and I had already forgotten all about it! :D

January 3, 2009, 10:37 AM
Put one of those Bull frog anti-rust (http://www.bull-frog.com/products/) pads in your case, problem solved.

January 3, 2009, 10:44 AM

January 3, 2009, 11:48 AM
Save those little 'pillows' that come packaged with new electronics.You know the ones they are marked Do Not Eat (like anyone would):barf:

Those little packs have Silica gel dessicant inside, they soak up humidity.

Every now and again put them in the oven at 250 for a couple of hours, that will drive off the moisture which regenerates the dessicant.

The packs NEVER wear out, and they are free!

Do not confuse this with the Dri Z Air dehumidifiers. That stuff is a salt and has no business around fine steel.

My gun safe is like the Sahara inside, and I live in a rain forest. The bottom of my safe is 'littered' with those dessicant packs.

No moisture=No rust

January 5, 2009, 04:46 PM
Also, to protect the inside of your bore, you can use this great new innovative piece of technology from http://www.theinhibitor.com

You plug the Inhibitor into your barrel, and it releases vapors that mix with air to prevent rust and absorb moisture.

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that product, since I consider the bore of the rifle the most important area to be cleaned, since it is harder to reach than most other places on the rifle.

January 5, 2009, 05:37 PM
Click here and scroll down a little bit to the lubes/anti-corrosion links.


Read BOTH of the entries and then get some Ballistol.


January 6, 2009, 12:27 AM
In my opinion, for what that is worth, RIG is the best product for stopping rust and storing your firearms.