How often??

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by mahall, May 29, 2013.

  1. mahall

    mahall New Member

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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??
     
  2. trip286

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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.
     

  3. bclark1

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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.
     
  4. Anna_Purna

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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.
     
  5. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    I'm fairly close to the beach(10 miles) but they stay in a safe, in the AC
     
  6. bclark1

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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.
     
  7. mahall

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    Thanks! Small safe! I guess they make small dehumidifiers?? Probably at gun stores??
     
  8. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Nope. They make them in factories, and sell them in gun stores! lol :D
     
  9. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Large sacks if desiccant work for me.
     
  10. Anna_Purna

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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.
     
  11. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yeah. Every grocer has uncooked, canned rice on the shelf. ;)
     
  12. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    I'm looking online at different deals!! I need something wireless and maybe disposable!! Running power to my safe is more than I want to tackle at this point!!
     
  13. Anna_Purna

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    White rice is disposable, when it starts to get clumped together that means its doing its job, and then toss it and get a new one :D
     
  14. mahall

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    Only own 4 guns! And one of them is usually on me or near me!! Not the most expensive guns, but still I want them kept like new and last a lifetime-:)
     
  15. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Just cleaning it the once a month and they will outlast you and your children's lifetime
     
  16. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That is a terrible reward for a job well done. :)
     
  17. Anna_Purna

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    then put it in one of them plastic vacuum bags and save it for shtf times :p
     
  18. Vikingdad

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    You can take a sock and fill it with Kitty litter, every month or so put it in the oven and bake it at 350 for a half hour to dry it back out and put it back in the safe. Works well as a dessicant and its cheap to boot. If you want to spend some money on it you can get a silica gel dessicant bag for the safe and do the same thing by baking it in the oven periodically. If you want to get fancy you can get one of those moisture strips to monitor the moisture inside the safe.
     
  19. mahall

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    Thinking something along these lines!! No batteries, no cords, recharge once a month-:)
     
  20. MisterMcCool

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    Unused litter!