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Old 12-07-09, 01:11 PM
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Hello, I hunt with an old (I believe 1930s) Savage 30-30 bolt action rifle. I recently went to the store to buy some gun oil. The Hoppes oil is like $7 for a small bottle. Just wondering if I can use any multil lubricant oil on my gun to preserve it for storage. I work on cycles and such so I have a lot of muliti type oil lying around. I usually coat the entire gun with oil including the wood to help preserve it. Any help is always appreciated! Thanks! Jack
 
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Old 12-07-09, 01:33 PM
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You shouldn't need to coat the wood..as a matter of fact it's not really good for it..esp if it has any sort of finish (like laquer or varnish).

Anyway...gun oil is the best thing...3-N-1 type would also work..and use it lightly. I found a long time ago..that something like Sheath spray or wipes is much better for external preservation of metal surfaces. Very light oil in the bore, wipe down all exterior with Sheath or similar, store in a dry temp controlled area with good airflow (or a safe with a dehumidifier rod)..thats it.
 
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Thanks Gunguy! I appreciate your help!
 
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If I plan on storing a weapon for a period of time, I would go with a gun grease as opposed to gun oil.

If you do use an oil, a CLP works well as opposed to a dry type of lube.
 
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Grease is only needed (and even then...not really) for extremely long term storage in harsh environments.

Options have changed over the last 20 yrs. They used to be shipped in Cosmoline...and had to be dunked in diesel or kero to be cleaned.

Many older WWII weapons had stocks that were just black from the storage. Normally they had a light coat of varnish and then were prepped for shipment.

Not much need for grease nowadays...
 
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With all due respect I am not talking about cosmoline or anything as archaic as that. While a simple hi-temp bearing type of grease will work, I am talking about modern hi-tech greases like the Wilson Combat Ultima, Tetra, Militec grease or similar. I don't know how long he plans to store the weapons, but a grease is a much better option than an oil when storing. They stay put and do not have a tendency to dry out. Plus the modern day offerings are great to use as general lube. While they are quite expensive, all of my high end 1911's or precision rifles get white grease and not oils. The hard working guns mostly get CLP.
 
 

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