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 Post subject: Long Term Storage?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:19 am 
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In a way, believe this is a gunsmithing question? Have a 1930s vintage Hunter Arms Fulton SxS shotgun that was left to me. Still in decent shape and functions, however plan to swab bore and barrels with Hoppes gun grease then store long term in a humidity controlled area.

My concern is the springs and firing pins since when closing the gun they always set / cock, thus keeping the springs in compression.

Am I better off leaving empty and cocked, or use snap caps and drop the pins?

Thanks in advance.

 Post subject: Re: Long Term Storage?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:28 am 
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I use fuzzy snap caps and store all my break action guns uncocked. I run a dehumidifier set on 30% in the shop building where my gun safes reside and keep a Golden Rod in each safe. I don't do anything special, just clean the guns after shooting and wipe them down with gun oil. Have never had a speck of rust on any of my guns, nor any oil soaked wood from over lubricating.

An elderly gentleman, his faithful dogs, and a 16 ga SXS. All is right with the world.

 Post subject: Re: Long Term Storage?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:49 pm 
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After every use, I remove the barrels from the action, clean and then place a snap cap or block of wood against the standing breech, dry fire both barrels then reattach the barrels and forearm to the action leaving the chambers empty.

Some 10+ years ago, I purchased a NIB SxS that was part of a shipment that, due to the death of the importer, had languished forgotten in a New York warehouse for almost 40 years. The hammers were not cocked and the mainsprings were not under tension. When I received the gun, it functioned perfectly. The exterior metal had a heavy coat of cosmoline (a PITA to remove) and was in factory new condition. Unfortunately, after so many years in a non-climate controlled warehouse, the stock varnish had crazed with age. Your humidity controlled environment should eliminate any such problem.


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