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Weatherizing your hunting rifle?

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    Posted: 03 December 2018 at 09:44
Big game hunting often occurs during rain/snow.  It seems harsh to take my nice rifle from the safe to the blizzard.  My guns all have a thin wipe of oil on them.

But is there anything that you do to further protect them in really cold/wet/ snow conditions.
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I'm sure there is, but I can't recall anything except as you say, a very light wipe of oil, Hoppe's #9, or pledge, where each is appropriate. The Pledge might not be the "best" choice for the wood, but I've been using it too long to stop now.
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I saw a trick many years ago in an issue of Sports Afield I think.  The writer would put a single strip of cellophane tape (Scotch tape) across the muzzle to keep snow out the barrel, especially if you hunt in brush or deep snow.  It's not enough to block the barrel if you shoot, but enough to keep it from becoming plugged.

I do this when still hunting in the snow.

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If it's below freezing, leave them out in cold. Bringing them in each night, to warm tent/cabin, allows condensation to form and freeze up next day. When hunting in cold, Dad always stripped rifle down and cleaned with Coleman gas and then either lubed with light coat of kerosene or left it dry, depending on how far below zero it was. I've done same thing down to -40 and never had issue, with frozen rifle.

If it's raining, cleaning/oiling every day, is usually enough, but I've had light rust, in hours too. I've known people, who wiped down shotgun with car wax, before hunting in wet and it seemed to work. Don't see why wax wouldn't work on rifle too.
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BAr grease and candle wax, then dip-er- in orl!

Read an article on this some years ago and found that the cheap way was to spray rustoleum on everything metal and coat the stocks with Varathane….that was on the cheap side of things. Moving parts get Nickle-Boron coating, barrel and action gets coated and the barrel gets chromed inside, dropped into a rubber or synthetic stock and unless you move to the surface of the sun, they become somewhat indestructible.
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I have used Renaissance Wax. It was recommended to me by several S&W collectors. 

It's great stuff. It works as good on wood as it does metal. Water beads up like rain on a freshly waxed car. 

Also, a side benefit is that you won't leave finger prints on a deep blued gun. 

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