Gun cases arent a bad place to keep a gun, it's just that moisture...
September 18 2011, 6:16 AM
shouldn't be kept in there as well. I've shot quite a few times in the rain, and I always wipe the rifle down before casing it. Once back home I open the case and leave it that way for a couple of days to let anything liquid dry up.
In this case, there just wasn't much moisture visible in the case. I ran my hand over the foam periodically during the match to check it and kept the case closed during the rain.
It was in the mid 60's during the match and the gun was cold to the touch. On the way home I ran the heater in the car. I think the case warmed up and what moisture was in there became vapor and then condensed on the cold surfaces of the gun.
The gun was dripping wet everywhere there was metal including the scope. I should have taken a picture. It was unbelievable.
Anyway, it's a lesson learned. I never would have guessed that kind of difference was possible.
i read an article about this in an old airgun magazine
September 18 2011, 1:57 PM
where the guys flew in from minnesota or similar to (i think) miami, and when they opened their cases, the foam was squishy-wet. enormous changes in temp/humidity combined with the variations in air pressure enroute.
a dry gun in a dry case in a dry room would be fine. change any one of the three variables and you could have trouble.
....I pulled the whole gun apart and soaked everything in WD40 for a day. I used a section of PVC pipe and dropped the whole action into it, poured in a gallon of WD. Dried everything, soaked the trigger group in Naptha to clear out any crud and re-greased. Then relubed and reassembled. The stock sat indoors for a day.
It sounds like overkill, but you should have seen what I pulled out of the case.
anymore. I did it once with a Daystate CR94. I got back to the motel room and used a hair dryer on everything later in the day. I could not dry out the carbon trigger parts however and the trigger had to be replaced due to rust.
Don I think one fairly safe way is to wrap the gun in plastic wrap...
September 20 2011, 4:11 AM
I've heard that can work very well to keep out water from unwanted places. When I first got started one of the things I was told was that a metal based rifle might be better served that one that is wood stocked, so I leaned in that direction when I was making a choice.
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