View Full Version : Shotgun Storage/Vehicle

August 3, 2009, 02:03 PM
Well fall is fast approaching and since I hunt many different species of game animals with my shotgun and also deer hunt with my bow I'm looking for suggestions on how to protect the finish on my shotgun while keeping it in the truck for long periods of time. I get tired of taking it in and out of the truck or not having it with me if I decide to do some grouse hunting during the midday hours when I'm not in the bowstand. I will plan on removing the firearm if I go somewhere that theft of it is a greater possibility but during hunting season that is not very often! Thanks for any recomendations.:)

August 3, 2009, 02:20 PM
They make holders/racks that fit behind your seat to keep it hidden from view. I would be worried about rust from dampness. You would also want to check your local/state laws for keeping a gun in a vehicle - does it have to be in a case, etc.......

August 3, 2009, 02:28 PM
Yes, our state law requires that the gun be unloaded, encased, and not easily accessable to passengers or driver.

August 3, 2009, 03:17 PM
A light coat of oil is really your best bet / Rem Oil, Break Free, or almost anything will give you a little protection - and just wipe it down when you get home / do some preventative maintenance on it once a week ....... not a big deal.

I believe in cleaning and lubing my guns when I get home .....(whether I'm coming out of the field or from a gun club ) if you do it as part of your routine --- its really only a 10 min job ....again not a big deal to me.

Humiditiy and then condensation as it cools down - is really the enemy here / or rain or snow where you are maybe ....

August 3, 2009, 03:30 PM
I was already yo offer my method but every factor you seek or regulation you must adhere to rules out...
"Stuff it under the seat, no case!!!":D:o
I am able to shove my 18 inch barreled Mossberg 500 right under fully loaded if I wish.
I do like them overhead units that fit in your original sunvisor holes... A trigger lock on an empty gun in a case should be legal in the overhead.

August 3, 2009, 03:45 PM
I believe in using heavy oil and a heat gun on a truck shotgun. Give it a good fieldstrip deepclean and oil with a good scrubber/solvent like Outers or Hoppes and then lightly oil the internals and bore with Remoil or CLP. Then I'd heat the exterior of the gun extremely hot with a heat gun (use gloves or oven mitts obviously) and rub in some motor oil (don't go overboard with it and try to keep it out of the internals) while it's hot. Rub in until it's cool. Then when it's cool rub a very light coat of remoil in and store. As for storage, I agree with Hogdogs if it's short enough to go under the seat that's where it should go. Try to find a softcase that fits it close and snug if it's a fine gun, if it's a Mossberg, use nothing because Mossbergs only get prettier with abuse. :)

August 3, 2009, 03:55 PM
its really only a 10 min job ....again not a big deal to me.

TEN minutes?!?!?!:eek:.....deyam BigJim, I don't even get the barrels scrubbed in 10 minutes........O/U or semi, more like 20 by the time it gets cleaned, oiled, put back together, and the outside wiped down......and that's without a trigger group cleaning............:D

August 3, 2009, 05:00 PM
Ok OneOunce .... but remember my only semi-autos are the Benelli Super Sport ( so I don't have all those gas parts and O rings to clean ...) like you 1100 shooters ...

cleaning a Benelli inertia gun is pretty quick ( although I'll admit, its not like I've timed myself ) ....maybe 10 min is too quick / but not more than 15 min..

If I take the stock off an O/U - and go thru the whole gun / it takes me a good half hour per gun ...

August 3, 2009, 07:35 PM
hell, Jim - I can't even get the stock off in 30 minutes....I need to do a road trip and bring all mine with me so you can show me the skinny on how to do it so quick.............:D

August 3, 2009, 08:10 PM
I think the little folding back seats in my Ford Ranger are made for holding a shotgun/rifle as that's the only good use I've found for them. They hold one in there nice a tight where it's not gonna bounce around. Got the Mossberg 500 in there now as I just got back from the range testing out a new mag tube (somehow bent the old one and rounds were sticking :confused:). But as I've stated before I'm not worried about anyone breaking into the truck where I live so I'm happy with leaving it there. Plus it's legal here.

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August 3, 2009, 11:13 PM
don't know what kind of truck you have, but check this out...i got mine at cabelas...not sure if they still sell them...


August 4, 2009, 07:16 AM
I have seen an item that secures the shot gun in a corner of the closet.
It had two bars that clamp the shot gun and it was all bolted to the wall.

A simple system would be to keep the slide back and have a cable style padlock through the action. You could have four round in the tube.
Unlock the cable. Pull it out and work the slide.
A kid can find a key wherever you keep it.

August 4, 2009, 10:25 AM
You're welcome anytime oneounce - ( and while I've been known to work for food --- it'll cost ya ...) ......

taking a shotgun apart - is like stripping a 1911 - after you've done it a few hundred times, its no big deal ...

August 4, 2009, 10:55 AM
Obviously, you're spending way too much time cleaning your guns. There's got to be a P-gun out there with your name on it: One click and the triggers drop out, a quick twist on the wrench and the butt stock is free. The gun will pay for itself several times over just in the time saved in cleaning. And, with a new gun, your scores will soar. :D

As a die hard 1100 owner I was skeptical about the inertia Benelli. I guess its Buck Rogersish looks prejudiced me. But, when BigJimP showed me how quickly his Benelli broke down I was impressed.

August 4, 2009, 02:06 PM
As a die hard 1100 owner I was skeptical about the inertia Benelli. I guess its Buck Rogersish looks prejudiced me. But, when BigJimP showed me how quickly his Benelli broke down I was impressed.

Ah, but they don't make it in 28 gauge...... :D

As to the P-gun - it's on my bucket list of things........I just have to convince the Lotto folks that MY numbers need to win tomorrow night.........

August 4, 2009, 02:54 PM
No they don't make it in a 28ga yet .....