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#376240 08/25/14 04:58 PM
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I store my sxs's in my safe. I usually keep these with the barrels down so any excess oils do not get in the stock ( I keep the oil to an absolute minimum). Does anyone have any reservations with storing shotguns this way? How about with choke tubes? Thanks - Geauga

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That way, barrels down, has been recommended by many. However; this always raises a question with me.
Why do you have so much oil or grease on your gun to cause it to run down to begin with?
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I see no problems with choke tube guns being stored muzzle down.

On why I agree on storing muzzle down, it is not a question of a large excess flowing down the barrels and into the head. A small amount over times moves down regardless. No different than solid glass panes that gradually over time get thinner at the top and thicker at the bottom with time. italiansxs you are right that the threat may not be as great if you do not over oil, but I believe even small amounts of oil will move over time.

I look at it in terms of muzzle down is not a problem, and no risk. Butt down is small risk. Why risk at all?

I store all my good guns muzzle down and only my black guns butt down.


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Glass doesn't get thicker over time. Common misunderstanding.


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Nova Scotia is a raft stuck out in the North Atlantic with salt air coming from all directions. Most gunning is on or near salt water. Salt is a constant. I go with Jim because I've never seen oil-soaked stocks or muzzle down here. "A little dab will do ya." It's worked very satisfactorily for 75 years for me.

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I do muzzles-down because I like the way a row of doubles looks that way - better, in my opinion, than with muzzles up.

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Originally Posted By: canvasback
Glass doesn't get thicker over time. Common misunderstanding.


I stand corrected (verified from multiple sources) on the reality that i cited a myth on glass.

However, i still believe muzzle down is the best way to go as oil is not glass


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Old colonel, my glass ain't getting thicker but my muzzles are all down! LOL


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Originally Posted By: old colonel
[quote=canvasback]Glass doesn't get thicker over time. Common misunderstanding.


I stand corrected (verified from multiple sources) on the reality that i cited a myth on glass.

However, i still believe muzzle down is the best way to go as oil is not glass [/quote

Ok colonel:
Muzzle down. Now what about excess oil/grease running into the forend of a double or the forward part of the stock on a rifle? eek
Maybe the best thing to do would be to lay all long guns down flat or rack them in that manner! grin
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My old friend Gene Enterkin stored his 450-400 3" muzzle up and a roach crawled down the barrel and couldn't get out.When it died and rotted, it made a real "bugger" in the barrel.
Mike

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