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Old 01-08-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Living in the humid south, I'm always concerned about my guns forming rust. In terms of relative humidity, what is the maximum you would want to see in your safe before it gets risky for rust ?

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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Living in the humid south, I'm always concerned about my guns forming rust. In terms of relative humidity, what is the maximum you would want to see in your safe before it gets risky for rust ?
I live on the Gulf Coast and there are simple, reasonable solutions to keeping you safe dry enough to not damage your guns. I use "kitty litter" in a couple of perforated cans and keep test strips in the safe. When the kitty litter quits working I toast it in the oven for an hour and it goes back to work.

There are also higher tech solutions, but I have no need for them.
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keeping them well oiled and clean does 99% of the work.

i grew up in the hot humid south texas area and kept my guns oiled very well. ive always used clp for that task. just keep up with it check em every week or so.

living up north here in the dry wisconsin weather i dont bother quite as much anymore. with the size my collection has grown to im not sure i want to go back as i think i would have to hire a guy to help me maintain the armory

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They make a dehumidifer for gun safes called a "Golden Rod". When I was using a safe I just bought a piano dehumidifer. It was cheaper and was basically the same thing.

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Not sure about humidity percentage, thinking 30-40% would be ideal...but don't quote me on it...Keep a good coat of oil and that'll do most of the work...

The location of your safe is also a factor...Ideally, you want it in a place that has the least amount of temperature change, like a bedroom closet, away from an outside wall and excessive lighting. Places like a garage, basement or attic may be the most convienent but inevitably you'll get condensation when the temperature fluctuates, almost no matter the actual humidity.

De-humidifiers are great as well as a bunch of DIY solutions like CF suggested. I just save the dessicants I get in new shoes or clothes and chuck 'em in the safe...

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I've been using the same Golden Rod for over 18 years now. I reach down and touch it about twice a year to see if it is still warming. Never an issue with rust and I live where the humidity rivals Vietnam during the Monsoon season. Get a Golden Rod and never look back.

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I touch my golden rod waay more often. Lol
Sorry couldn't help myself.

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I touch my golden rod waay more often. Lol
Sorry couldn't help myself.
BWAAAAAA!!!!!! I am so glad I didn't use the word "my" in the post. lol
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I just picked this up for my 10-gun safe.

Eva-dry Renewable E-333 Wireless Mini Dehumidifer


Recieved great reviews and seems super simple and easy to maintain. Claims a 10-year max shelf life. If it even gives me a full 5 years I am happy paying $5 per year to keep my guns rust-free!

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Humitidy is a problem for the majority of Germany, just like England. Oil the guns 1 or 2 times a month should protect them. Visually check all your guns once a week. Well, that is what I do. No rust yet!

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