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Preventing Rust on my new Hawkeye

Old 04-23-2010, 11:01 AM
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Default Preventing Rust on my new Hawkeye

Sold a couple of my rifles for an "unexpected" upcoming expense that I wound up being able to dodge....
Anyway, went out and looked at LOTS of different rifles, and the Ruger Hawkeye just plain "fit" me better than the rest.

I got the wood/blued steel in .30-06. I'm normally a synthetic/stainless guy....but I just couldn't get past how much I liked the wood/blued version.

So.....what's the best way I can prevent rust on my new rifle.
A particular cleaner/lubricant that works well?

I've used Hoppes No. 9 in the barrel and on all other metal surfaces to give a general cleaning and then given everything a light coat of RemOil.

Can anyone give me some advice on other products or methods to prevent rust from getting started on my carbon steel rifle?

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Old 04-23-2010, 11:17 AM
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Don't overthink it. Clean is clean, oiled is oiled. Some cleaners are faster/easier, some oils last longer. I use gunslick foaming for bore cleaning, and rem oil for cleaning/protecting everything else. No problems.
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:39 AM
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For the bore and moving parts I like synthetic oils, don't attract dust and gel up as easy, for the exterior I use silicone impregnated wipes. You can also use something like RIG on a rag a small amount goes a long way. Just make sure that you have something in your safe to combat moisture. I use the large box of desicant that can be recharged in the oven.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:18 PM
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With reasonable minimal care you have nothing to worry about. Wipe the blued parts down after use with a rag with some Rem Oil or Hoppes, or you prefered solvent.
Prior to use in inclement weather I use gun grease on the wood to blue gap around the action, and spray a durable metal protectant on the barrel. If you are out in the slop, pull the barrel off, towel dry and spray the metal down with WD40 (as a water displacement action). clean, and reassemble once warmed up and the wood is dry. I have only blued guns, and hunt a very wet climate (upstate NY) and prefer hunting the slop. I have never had rust on any of my guns.
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Old 04-23-2010, 05:44 PM
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After it's clean, store it in here;

You'll sleep better.............................
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:21 AM
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If I take some of my nicer blued guns hunting in the rain they WILL get rust on them.before I get back home .Like they used to hear them say about a ford "At night you can hear them rust".JMHO it's just a fact of life with quality blueing.But the good thing is it is not a problem.Just let the gun dry out then clean like you normally would.No harm no foul.Long term just coat them with a good oil and look in on them about once a month just to be sure.Or you could always fill them up with cosmoline....................J/K
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:20 AM
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Regular routine care will protect your guns just fine.I've come to prefer using Butch's Bore Shine/oil and triple twill patches over other brands.
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:04 AM
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as said a good oiling and moisture preventive procedures in the safe/lock box. if ya dont have a confined area to put your guns in with the moisture remover, leave a perty good coat of oil on it while its stored, and check now and then to make sure she is ok. wipe her off before ya go and play.
also if your storage is not climate controlled they can swet and ya should patch em now and then as well.
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:03 PM
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I'm a strong believer in using RIG.I have never had the slightest rust. When I come in from hunting it gets a good wipe down. I have several sheep skins saturated with RIG. I carry one in a zip lock bag and it's always ready.If you're caught in the rain and it stops. Wipe it down to dry it then go over with the sheep skin.Except for a ding here and a ding there my rifles look like the day I bought them.
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