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Top Tips for a Healthy Gun this Season


Article written by 24 October 2013

1. Apply a very small amount of Vaseline with your finger to where the metalwork meets the wood. This will help create a barrier to prevent the water from getting into the action. It really is that simple!

2. While on your peg and waiting for the birds to appear, stand with the muzzles pointing safely at the ground as opposed to having the muzzles pointing up. This way the rain will run off the end of your barrels and not run down into the action.

3. Take two slips if possible, one for the day itself, which will become wet as the day progresses. Use the dry slip once you have cleaned the gun and you are then on your way home or travelling to your next destination. It is hopeless (but we all do it!)to put a dry, clean gun into a wet slip.

4. After a wet days shooting, allow your gun to dry out before applying oil to it. The oil will sit on top of the water preventing the gun from drying out and this can create rust.

5. Dry the gun off as best as you can and then break the gun into the stock and action, barrels and forend which will help the gun dry out quicker. Allow the gun to dry out in a warm and dry environment (security permitting). Do not put it next to an open fire, radiator or Raeburn as it could cause the woodwork to warp. Instead leave it to air dry.

6. The most important tip is after a very wet season, get the action fully serviced. While the gun may look fine externally, it’s internally where rust and unburnt powder will be eating its way through the lock work which will cause problems in the future.


Rick Bond (William Powell Gun Room)

Part of the William Powell team, a gun expert based in the Gun Room. Rick specialises in game shooting and English guns. . Read more.

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