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October 2, 2023 - 2:27 pm
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I have a good question about tanned gun sleaves/cases. I am talking about the soft leather ones that you see with tanned deer and such with fringe, that are replicas of old times fur trappers cases. 

My question is will they cause a gun to rust? I know all the tanning process must leave some residue of corrosive chemicals. Just thinking off the top of my head.

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My question is will they cause a gun to rust? 

Not in a short time, but they aren’t meant for storage, just for transporting the gun.  The old leather cases lined with sheepskin would cause severe rust, at least in high humidity climates.

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 The tanning process of cheap foreign leather can be corrosive especially if exposed to high humidity. If it smells bad it is. Old dirty holsters have embedded abrasive sand and dirt that quickly wears the finish. Old cavalry Colts have barrel muzzle wear from years of horse back holster pounding. That said, a lot of nice guns have been stored in leather cases, but I don’t. The risk of having a wet case is more than I care to take. T/R

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Besides the rust, leather causes that green verdigris to grow.  Verdigris can be cleaned off if it hasn’t been there for a long time. One of my family rifles had so much fuzzy wool stuck in the finish I had to refinish it.  Don’t store anything in leather or boots that can hold in moisture.  Best to store guns naked.

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