Been sitting a while

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by rferguson61, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    I have recently (to my fathers delight) gotten big into guns and just bought my first one (Savage 110E .270) from auctionarms.com. My dad and I are going to try to catch the second elk season. His guns havent been shot in at least 10 years if not more. I'm getting a cleaning kit for my gun and was going to be nice and clean his up for him. Is there any concern about it having sat for so long? Also is there anything I should do when I clean it besides just running the rods through? Thanks
     
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  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Depends. You told us what YOU got, did not tell us what your DAD has.

    Simply having sat for a while is not a problem- rifles are patient. Your do want to check for lube that has dried out, gotten sticky, etc. Got an owner's manual for your rifle?
     

  3. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    The rifle he has its also a .270 but I don't know what brand. Same with his .22 no idea what brand. And he was a Wetherby 12 gauge. Where all should I look for lube?
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Bolt action, right? Would pull stock from action, check trigger group for dried grease, etc. Pull bolt, couple of drops of lubricant on the bolt, trigger group, not too much. There are dozens, nay hundreds of different products. CLP works, as does Rem-oil (any sporting goods store) Clean bore good, check screws for snug.
     
  5. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Do what C3 says and youll be fine....
    Guns are patient, I think I was the first to shoot my Arisaka since it was "taken" from its previous owner in the Pacific.. ;)
     
  6. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dont expect great accuracy immediately after re assembly. It will take some rounds to seat the action. Torque the screws to the proper inch pounds if you can get hold of an inch pound torque wrench or screw driver.
     
  7. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    Awesome! Thanks guys. :)
     
  8. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    Boy, mine must defective. If they havent been shot in a while, i hear them yammering and carrying on about how i ignore them and how its abusive to force them to sit so long in that dark safe!

    :rolleyes::D:rolleyes::D:rolleyes::D:rolleyes:
     
  9. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    You keep yours locked in a SAFE???? Someone call DFCS (Department of Firearm Care and Servicing!!) Locked in a safe. Animal.
     
  10. therewolf

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    Be sure the guns are unloaded, then I would check the

    barrel and especially clean the chamber, and inspect

    very carefully with a bore-sight

    for dried lubricant.

    What happened with me was I chambered a round on

    some dried oil or grease which had turned gummy over a couple years,

    and wound up with a world class jam. It took quite a bit of

    light oil and coaxing to remove the stuck bullet.
     
  11. rferguson61

    rferguson61 New Member

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    So....this is gonna sound like a dumb question...but what's a bore sight?
     
  12. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Hi rferguson61,

    Welcome to FTF.

    There are many specialty lights for this, but any small LED flashlight with

    the bulb sticking out of the front will do. Simply BE SURE the gun is

    completely unloaded and the bolt removed, and shine the light down

    the bore. Helps to verify a barrel is clean, free of obstructions, and still

    has rifling lands intact...

    Holiday season is a great time to find bore sights, just look for any small single led

    flashlight, AAA or AA, which is shaped like a bullet.
     
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