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Does anyone store their guns muzzles down per recommendations to avoid oil seeping into the stock and action? Most gun racks aren’t made that way, and you rarely see pictures of such storage.

I would really appreciate photos of those sorts of racks as well as any pictures of gun rooms.

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The empty slot is for my Remington 3200 in 16 gauge

Just turn the picture upside down for a muzzle down aspect smile

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Odd I know, but I keep a lot of my longarms muzzle down in modified self-standing golf bags (bought for a song in the local recycling centre); A few club separators removed so the guns fit OK. Wheeled golf bags are also handy when transporting a lot of rifles and such at the firing range.

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Muzzles down in the safe.


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I have gone to horizontal gun racks. They take up a lot more room but allows for a nice display of the guns in a position which does not let too much oil soak into the stock, I hope. Space is not my issue as I have an entire Basement level to use. My racks hold eight guns per unit with a 13" shelf under them for books, Leather gun cases sit on top of the lower shelf under the guns and two shelves over the guns display decoys and gun stock blanks. I have more blanks than I will ever use and figured it would be a nice way to display them, so you can see what a nice blanks looks like. Mostly English Walnut, Black Walnut crotch figure with a few Claro blanks mixed in as well. Decoys are all hand carved working decoys, a mix of Canvasback, Teal, Wood Ducks, Widgeon and few old cork Black Duck and Mallards. Many are decoys I hunted over as a kid. A couple are Ward Brothers, Jobe family decoys or Ed, One Arm Kelly decoys. A few old shell boxes scattered in fill in the gaps.

For the guns not in racks, I still store them muzzle down for now but will finish the last horizontal gun display cases this Summer which will bring the total up to 12 for just under 100 guns. After that it will be time to cull the herd and get rid of many project guns that I now know I will never get around to finishing. So the muzzle down group will go away and the entire collection will be on display so I can show them off as best as I can.

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Where are the pictures?



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Muzzle down for me in a carpeted gun safe.


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Collectors of vintage guns don't worry much about oil migration and wood damage. Their guns are mostly dry when they add them to their collections and only get superficial and light mechanical lubrication from then on. My guns have been stored mostly muzzle up since the early sixties and show no oil damage. Bore cleaning should end with a light wipe to remove excess oil or solvent.

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Gun oil cannot seep into stock wood if you don't apply it so heavily that gravity causes the excess to run downhill. But we will be having this debate about orientation in the rack or safe forever, because people will continue to use too much.


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I don't use too much, and I disagree somewhat about the only movement of oil on guns being due to gravity. Some oils, like Kroil, can creep upwards, especially if there is any opportunity for capillary action. When a gun's barrels are wiped down, then the forend is snapped into place, there is wood to metal contact. You also can't wipe down all of the rear of the action/frame without getting some on the wood. I agree that many people use way too much.

I don't see the big deal, really. it's just as easy to stand them muzzles down as it is muzzles up.


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