View Full Version : Preventing rust on a shotgun

January 25, 2011, 01:08 AM

I just got a Benelli SBE 2 in synthetic black. I know this model has a high tendency for rust. What's the best way to prevent rust on this new gun? Which oil do you recommend? (i currently use RemOil)

Thanks for any advice you can offer,


Bill DeShivs
January 25, 2011, 02:50 AM
I would suggest a marine Tuff Cloth.

January 25, 2011, 07:49 AM
gun sock?

January 25, 2011, 10:00 AM
I use Remoil, also Hoppes. Even paste wax will put a tough finish - but unless you coat the entire gun, areas will need refreshing

Buzzard Bait
January 25, 2011, 10:16 AM
from several different sources you can buy plastic gun storage bags treated with vci (vapor corrosion inhibitors) which will keep the gun rust free. I have used them for about 7or 8 years from different companies with no failures in other words no rust. It's nice because you can clean you gun after use and just oil it for lubrication and put it in the bag and when you want to use it it's ready to go. Because your not covering it up with oil to prevent rust.

January 25, 2011, 10:24 AM
Tri-Flow, its the best I ever used. Its teflon based so you won't have to worry about cold weather function.

January 25, 2011, 12:50 PM
I doubt it has any tendancy to rust .....getting rust on a gun is a product of how you store it ( damp, etc ) - and whether the safe is in a warm or cool area. Keeping rust off any gun - is about keeping condensation off a gun / and making sure its good and dry before you put it away.

A good wipe down after you thoroughly clean it - and then a light spray oil / like Rem Oil, Rig Oil, etc are all fine.

Was it cleaned when you put it away ?
Is it humid / or cool where you have your safe ?
or are you storing the gun inside a case / where there isn't free flow of air around the gun ??

January 25, 2011, 01:14 PM
I find that a lot of money can be saved by using the drippings from the morning bacon, but don't add salt.

January 25, 2011, 06:43 PM
Take a small paintbrush and apply a thin coat of Breakfree CLP or Collector (better) to the entire exterior. Keep it off of the gripping surfaces. Just on the metal. Run a lightly oiled patch down the bore. Don't store it in a foam lined case or a sock. Put it on a wall mounted rack so it's up off the floor (screwed into studs). You won't have any rust.

January 25, 2011, 07:04 PM
Many things will work just fine ....but if the gun is stored in a humid environment / and the safe or rack is on an exterior wall - that is cold ....and the air around the gun cools, moisture will condense on the coldest item in the space ...( and that will always be steel, cast iron, etc ...) ....

that's why its hard to keep rust off tools ( hand tools, tablesaws, etc kept in most garages.... too much moist air around in a cold environment at nite ...and things rust...

but there are still things you can do / use oil, use a product called Bo-Shield, etc .../ put a small wattage light bulb - that stays on in the area / or a golden rod, in a safe --- or whatever ...

But it depends on what kind of environment the OP has / or how he cleans and treats the gun before he stores it ....

January 25, 2011, 07:42 PM
get a stainless/coated/marine shotgun :D

Shane Tuttle
January 25, 2011, 07:47 PM
Eezox...only if you're serious about corrosion prevention, great lubrication qualities, and easier future cleanings.

January 25, 2011, 07:48 PM
i keep all my guns in a safe with one of those dehumidifiers with the silicon blue beads inside. Havent seen any rust on my blued guns yet. I've just heard that the Benelli's in black are particularly vulnerable to rust.

I will be sure to put a nice coat of remoil on and in the gun before storage.

Thanks for all the input yall,


January 25, 2011, 08:45 PM
pull it out, shoot it, and clean/oil it often :D

January 26, 2011, 05:53 AM
Where i live in New Zealand is one of the dampest places in the country, I used to have a lot of trouble with rust.
I keep my 870 in a gun bag in the gun cabinet, and before I put it away I rub it down with this silicon or oil cloth thing which makes it nice and shinny and also keeps the rust off.
With my Rem 597 and my dads Norinco 22, I just rub them with the same cloth thing, it does perfectly protect them but I go into the cabinet often enough so I just check them each time I'm in there.
Ive also got this damp rid thing which is crystals that absorb moisture which helps a lot.

The best thing I've found is what I do with my Tikka, get it in stainless steel! I hope to get all future guns in stainless, makes life a lot easier.

January 26, 2011, 11:50 AM
I have a pair of Benelli SuperSports - and no issues on my barrels ...and I live in a very damp climate - in a suburb of Seattle.

January 26, 2011, 02:13 PM
RemOil, Hoppes, gun oil is gun oil.

Bill DeShivs
January 26, 2011, 03:10 PM
On one of the knife forums, a fairly extensive test was performed with most of the rust preventatives. The one that provided the best protection was the marine Tuff Cloth. WD/40 did well in the test, too.
With proper maintenance, most gun oils will work.

January 26, 2011, 04:01 PM
It's hard to beat a good wax job on both the stock and exterior metal parts when it comes to repelling water.

Shane Tuttle
January 26, 2011, 06:31 PM
gun oil is gun oil.

Um, yeah, sure...:rolleyes:


January 26, 2011, 10:05 PM
Get one of those car washing mitts, the real sheep skin kind.
Get a can of RIG and work some of the grease into the sheep skin.

Wipe your guns down with the sheep skin after use.
Store the skin in a metal can between use's

RIG Universal is made by Birchwood casey now and any gun/sporting good store should have it.

If you can not find the stuff order from Brownell's.