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Thread: Guns in cabinets - muzzle up or muzzle down?

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    Guns in cabinets - muzzle up or muzzle down?

    I have always stored my guns (with the exception of air rifles which I never clean) muzzle down.

    My reasoning for this is that once cleaned I give my shotguns and firearms a final patch and light wipe over with some protective gun oil (even the stainless ones ) and I don't want that running towards the action. When taking guns out of the cabinet to go shooting I give each a quick wipe clean and bore snaking to clear the oil.

    I was recently told (by a gunsmith) that this is wrong and it is better to store muzzle up because there is better air circulation through the barrel?

    Right or wrong (or doesn't matter) please?
    Last edited by Eyefor; 15-06-2012 at 10:30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyefor View Post
    I have always stored my guns (with the exception of air rifles which I never clean) muzzle down on.

    My reasoning for this is that once cleaned I give my shotguns and firearms a final patch and light wipe over with some protective gun oil (even the stainless ones ) and I don't want that running towards the action. When taking guns out of the cabinet to go shooting I give each a quick wipe clean and bore snaking to clear the oil.

    I was recently told (by a gunsmith) that this is wrong and it is better to store muzzle up because there is better air circulation through the barrel?

    Right or wrong (or doesn't matter) please?
    Always muzzle up otherwise you may damage your rifle....

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    putting a rifle down muzzle first could damage the crown and render it inaccurate or inconsistant.

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    I've always kept shotguns muzzle down and rifles muzzle up.

    My reasoning (rightly or wrongly!!) is: There shouldn't be enough oil in the barrel of rifle for it to creep down into the action with just one patch through after cleaning, however with the substantially greater surface area in the *2* SG barrels, i use more than one oil patch though so there is more oil and there may be a risk of the oil creeping. I know it does creep from the SG barrels as there is often oil rings on the foam in the bottom of the cabinet.

    HTH

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    whatever makes them all fit in there! up, down, across, taken apart, etc. as long as I don't need to spend time and money on another one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMickeyD View Post
    I've always kept shotguns muzzle down and rifles muzzle up.

    My reasoning (rightly or wrongly!!) is: There shouldn't be enough oil in the barrel of rifle for it to creep down into the action with just one patch through after cleaning, however with the substantially greater surface area in the *2* SG barrels, i use more than one oil patch though so there is more oil and there may be a risk of the oil creeping. I know it does creep from the SG barrels as there is often oil rings on the foam in the bottom of the cabinet.

    HTH
    I agree, rifles up, shotguns down. No problem with oil getting into the action of the Blaser R8 as all of the mechanism is easily detached. atb Tim

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    How many gunshops/gun smiths store any weapon barrel down??

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    I follow the logic that says if a gun has been heavily lubricated then butt down poses the risk of the oils running down into the woodwork. Indeed Ive seen guns damaged like this with discoloured wood where it joins metal.

    I tend not to spray my guns in WD40 and then put them away though. A pull through and a wipe down with a lightly oiled rag to remove finger marks is often enough.

    I really cannot see how storing a gun muzzle down in a cupboard can put its aim off?

    The reality is though Im with PLK, whatever it takes to fit them in!

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    careful with the wd40 never let it near your scope as it has a searching action which could damage seals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canbull View Post
    careful with the wd40 never let it near your scope as it has a searching action which could damage seals
    I would never let WD40 anywhere near my guns.

    I was told it is not a lubricant - it's only a water dispersant (hence WD)?
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