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June 6, 2013
4:46 pm
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I was wondering if I could get some input regarding the safe and long term storage and protection of my slow but surely increasing collection of mostly Winchester firearms. I am not referring so much as to the gun safe itself but how they are stored in the safe. I live in Phoenix where it is, as I am sure most everybody knows, a 100 to 110 degrees for four or five months of the year and a very dry heat. I am running a humidifier for some acoustic guitars that are in the same area my gun safe is in. Will this have any positive or negative affect on my Winchesters. Should I keep a light smear of oil or other recommended form of lubricant or product on these rifles (and checking them regularly of course). Is putting the rifles in guns socks a good idea? (I would think not). Any input would be gratefully accepted for my specific case here in a very hot and dry climate.

June 6, 2013
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The problem is the same as your guitars, your wood will dry out and shrink. You want to keep about 50% humidity. Wipe down the metal with a light oil and you should be good.

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June 6, 2013
9:44 pm
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thx Bob sounds good

June 7, 2013
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I prefer to use Old West Snake Oil on my Winchesters that sit in the safes for extended periods of time. For those that are not aware, there is a specific Winchester formula available.

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June 9, 2013
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Hey Bert...just found your Old West Snake Oil. Sounds pretty good. Was surprised to read there you apply to both the wood and metal. Orig or #2?
Or are they really pretty much the same.

June 9, 2013
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One more thing Bert, where can I find the Winchester formula you mentioned?

June 9, 2013
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FYI, If I remember right, the "Winchester" formula is just for the wood, as it has a bit of reddish color to it. If you want to apply to both metal and wood I think you would use the original version. I've never tried the Winchester type, because its just too convenient to rub the entire gun down with the original product. I love the product.

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June 9, 2013
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I bought the Winchester formula at the Cody show from the fellow who makes it.

Gary is correct, the Winchester formula is for the wood only. I use the original formula when wiping down the entire gun.

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June 9, 2013
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Excellent..in fact I just called the gentleman and ordered a bottle of the original formula from him. Thank again gents for all your help and advise

June 16, 2013
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I've seen it mentioned here before and forgot about it. Looks like great stuff. Will order me some. 😀

June 19, 2013
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Snake oil is the only thing I use. Period. FYI: Have been rubbing it on wood and blue for years to no adverse reaction of darkening the wood.

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