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Is there a best way to keep scoped rifles when not using them? Standing upright vs. hanging; hanging upside down vs. right side up; etc. How about shotguns and handguns?

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  • Is there a best way to keep scoped rifles when not using them? Standing upright vs. hanging; hanging upside down vs. right side up; etc. How about shotguns and handguns?

    Is there a best way to keep scoped rifles when not using them? Standing upright vs. hanging; hanging upside down vs. right side up; etc. How about shotguns and handguns?

  • #2
    After cleaning, store muzzle down for a few days. To prevent recoil pads from taking a 'set', I change the position ever few months. If you store muzzle up all the time a front scope cap helps keep the glass clean.
    I store my handguns in their holsters, have been doing that for 50 years. Secret tip of the day is when I first get the leather, I soak it in K-1 and then let it dry for a few days. The K-1 washes all the left over tanning salts out of the leather, thus no reaction with the steel.
    Remember to relieve the firing spring tension.
    I take all my firearms out for a cleaning every six months whether I have fired them or not.

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    • #3
      Storing upside down prevents cleaning fluids from gravitating into the action

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      • #4
        HFT - In my opinion the best way to store any rifle (assuming that this is a long-term proposition and they have been thoroughly cleaned and may have excess oils/fluids in the action or barrel) is muzzle down (as Shoka recommended) in a moisture-free cabinet or safe. That way fluids will not gather and gum in your action. Be sure the surface that your muzzle is resting on is free of grit or debris, you don't want the crown of your muzzle getting nicked. This will also prevent recoil pads from taking a set, as JHP mentioned. And lastly, I like to keep a scope cover on my scopes to keep them clean and free of dust. Good luck, AvB.

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        • #5
          I am advising caution to all you gentlemen who are so meticulous in the cleaning and placement of your firearms in storage. That kind of care and attention could wake up your wives to the fact that the vacuum cleaner in your hands could have the place sparkling clean. I wouldn't want all you great hunters forced to chase dust bunnies around the house. I'm just saying!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kody View Post
            I am advising caution to all you gentlemen who are so meticulous in the cleaning and placement of your firearms in storage. That kind of care and attention could wake up your wives to the fact that the vacuum cleaner in your hands could have the place sparkling clean. I wouldn't want all you great hunters forced to chase dust bunnies around the house. I'm just saying!!!
            Wise advice Kody. Although since I'm not married I don't have to worry about that. There are worse things than housecleaning anyway...I'm not sure what they are right at the moment, but there must be something... Lol

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            • #7
              Thanks for the responses. I usually store them upside down, so I must be on the right track. One thing I've always wondered - does the manner in which you store a scoped firearm affect the zero of the scope long-term? On a number of my guns, if I don't shoot them for a few months, they will be "off", even though they were zeroed in perfectly when I put them away, and they hadn't been handled since. One of my muzzleloaders in particular has this problem; it will be dead on at 100 yards when I put it away at the end of deer season, but when I take it out and shoot it before the next season, it will always be off a few inches. Maybe I'm just using poor scopes, but they hold their zero fine during the season.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kody View Post
                I am advising caution to all you gentlemen who are so meticulous in the cleaning and placement of your firearms in storage. That kind of care and attention could wake up your wives to the fact that the vacuum cleaner in your hands could have the place sparkling clean. I wouldn't want all you great hunters forced to chase dust bunnies around the house. I'm just saying!!!
                Recycling. Grrrr! Those blue bags piled in the closet, jammed in the garage or left in the trunk of the vehicle drive me crazy, Heaven help you if the recycle police find you putting the wrong stuff in those bags. Did you recycle that has become a source of terror in husbands across the land.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
                  Thanks for the responses. I usually store them upside down, so I must be on the right track. One thing I've always wondered - does the manner in which you store a scoped firearm affect the zero of the scope long-term? On a number of my guns, if I don't shoot them for a few months, they will be "off", even though they were zeroed in perfectly when I put them away, and they hadn't been handled since. One of my muzzleloaders in particular has this problem; it will be dead on at 100 yards when I put it away at the end of deer season, but when I take it out and shoot it before the next season, it will always be off a few inches. Maybe I'm just using poor scopes, but they hold their zero fine during the season.
                  Medium to high end scopes will hold their zero. I would suggest you try a different brand on your ML.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
                    Thanks for the responses. I usually store them upside down, so I must be on the right track. One thing I've always wondered - does the manner in which you store a scoped firearm affect the zero of the scope long-term? On a number of my guns, if I don't shoot them for a few months, they will be "off", even though they were zeroed in perfectly when I put them away, and they hadn't been handled since. One of my muzzleloaders in particular has this problem; it will be dead on at 100 yards when I put it away at the end of deer season, but when I take it out and shoot it before the next season, it will always be off a few inches. Maybe I'm just using poor scopes, but they hold their zero fine during the season.
                    I figured that was probably it. I'm just too cheap. I've always figured as long as it holds a zero perfectly during the course of the season, there's no real need to change.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by finalresults View Post
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                        • #13
                          All great advice! Here's an article I found on the subject...

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