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Old 05-29-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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What's the general rule on cleaning guns kept in a safe, unused!! Some guns I rarely shoot!! I wipe down with cleaner and oil once a month!! With a detailed clean and field strip about every 6 months!! Does that sound about right?? Anyone??

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Old 05-29-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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I don't own a safe. I have a carry pistol and a shotgun in a sleeve leaning against the corner of my closet.

My carry gets wiped once a week, and thoroughly cleaned once a month (or after range, whichever comes first), same with my shotgun.

No general rule, just my preference.

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Id say what you are doing is plenty just make sure you have some sort of dehumidifier to keep the moisture in your safe down especially if you live in a humid climate.

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Do you live on the coast with the smell of salt in the air? Humid, or dry desert? If you live near the ocean or anywhere there is high humidity, I would clean them often. Anywhere out west in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, I would clean them once a year, but check on them periodically 1 or 2 times in a year.

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Do you live on the coast with the smell of salt in the air? Humid, or dry desert? If you live near the ocean or anywhere there is high humidity, I would clean them often. Anywhere out west in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, I would clean them once a year, but check on them periodically 1 or 2 times in a year.
I'm fairly close to the beach(10 miles) but they stay in a safe, in the AC
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The moist air can still sometimes get trapped in there and a cheap dehumidifier and a light wipedown with oil every now and then would probobly be a good idea to prevent surface rust.

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The moist air can still sometimes get trapped in there and a cheap dehumidifier and a light wipedown with oil every now and then would probobly be a good idea to prevent surface rust.
Thanks! Small safe! I guess they make small dehumidifiers?? Probably at gun stores??
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Thanks! Small safe! I guess they make small dehumidifiers?? Probably at gun stores??
Nope. They make them in factories, and sell them in gun stores! lol
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Large sacks if desiccant work for me.

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If you don't have the funds, get a small open can of uncooked rice and keep it in there. Rice absorbs humidity. Or even better, some of those packets of silicone that are found in new electronic equipment, etc.

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