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Old 11-23-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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I here's a question I have about handguns or firearms in general. When hunting in colder weather (below 35 degrees) when I got home I would let my shotgun/rifle sit out of the case for a couple of hours to "warm up" then proceed to clean/lubricate them, even if I never fired a shot.

My boss won't allow me to bring my handgun into the shop and lock it in my toolbox. I have to leave it in my car in the cold during business hours which are from 7-5. Should I do the same for it as I do for my shotguns/rifles? Allow it to acclimate to my house temp and clean/lubricate it on a daily basis since I carry it daily or would once a week be fine?

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Old 11-23-2013, 11:19 PM   #2
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If you are in 'Bama, it does not get cold enough to be an issue.

If in Siberia, maybe.

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I have lubricated my Sig in some very extreme cold weather without waiting it to warm up. Lubrication is very important! No problems here. I have hunted with Russian hunters, and they clean their rifles in the cold without any problems. And I mean cooold!

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77,

It will not hurt it at all to leave it in your car. I have had weapons in my vehicle/s for years. As long as they do not get wet they should have no problem with the normal lubrication and maintenance. One reason is the temperature in the vehicle gradually cools as well as the metal in the weapon and then gradually heats up when the vehicle is operated. However it is a good idea to take it out and clean it every few weeks just for safe measure. If you were to remove it from a warm car and subject it to the harsh cold air that is another issue as well as bringing it into warm air from the very cold air. Condensation can form at this point and should be considered an issue.

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If you are in 'Bama, it does not get cold enough to be an issue. If in Siberia, maybe.
I live in Iowa now, hoping to be back south by the spring
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77, It will not hurt it at all to leave it in your car. I have had weapons in my vehicle/s for years. As long as they do not get wet they should have no problem with the normal lubrication and maintenance. One reason is the temperature in the vehicle gradually cools as well as the metal in the weapon and then gradually heats up when the vehicle is operated. However it is a good idea to take it out and clean it every few weeks just for safe measure. If you were to remove it from a warm car and subject it to the harsh cold air that is another issue as well as bringing it into warm air from the very cold air. Condensation can form at this point and should be considered an issue. 03
I didn't think it would be an issue but wanted some reassurance. Thank you for your input. It stays in my car during the day then in the house at night. I was more concerned having it go from the car to the house since the ride home from work is a short one and my vehicle never gets as warm as my house. I don't think my pistol ever gets up to the temp in the car during the drive. I will just keep it lubed up and everything should be fine.
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I have lubricated my Sig in some very extreme cold weather without waiting it to warm up. Lubrication is very important! No problems here. I have hunted with Russian hunters, and they clean their rifles in the cold without any problems. And I mean cooold!
I was hoping that I wasn't being over cautious, but I'd rather keep it cleaned and lubricated rather then it becoming a useless paperweight.
The weather here just started getting cold, last weekend it was in the high 40's low 50's. Yesterday it $nowed (bad word) and will be in the single digits overnight. But like I said, it only stays in my car during work, other then that it's iwb where ever law allows me to carry or in my house
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I have a shotgun in my toolbox all the time. My truck seldom gets in a climate controlled area. I spray they shotgun down with CLP once every 3 or 4 months. Maybe twice a year I field strip it and give it a proper cleaning. Every time I pull the trigger it goes bang. The action is never sticky or binding.

I have cheap pistols in feed tubs, tack boxes, in the toolbox on my tractor. I spray some CLP on them before I shoot them. I empty the pistol out, then put fresh ammo in them. That is how I clean these pistols. They always go bang and they seldom jam.

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Sniper03 nailed it. With the gradual heating and cooling condensation should not be a problem. Use a good quality oil and don't worry about it. You could also find a Mom and Pop LGS and ask them about care under local conditions.

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where I live (Minnesota), it is known to get cold once in a while (Hunted yesterday in zero F). I leave my SR40 in the truck frequently, does not effect the performance. When I have grabbed it 'cold', I am quickly thankful for the poly lower.......

as was said, wet is bad, cold is not. When we bring those hunting rifles inside after a cold hunt, always let them warm up and then run a bore snake with a little CLP through it. My old Rem 700 is my best hunting rifle, but also my most rust-prone

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