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#6599850 - 12/23/16 10:57 AM Rifles and rainy days
7six2 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/16
Posts: 73
How many of you would carry your best, and most expensive rifle, on rainy days? I'm torn right now. I'm going to be hunting for three days and each day looks very wet. I have only one scoped rifle and its my heavy .308 target gun that I've got over $2,500 into. On the other hand I could take a Mosin Nagant with iron sights...or...acquire a 30-30 lever action with iron sights.

I expect shots to be no more than 150 yards, and I'm comfortable using iron sights; but with a scope it would be easier to ID the target (antler restrictions) then quickly take the shot. Maybe I'm thinking about this too much.

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#6599858 - 12/23/16 11:02 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
WBT Offline


Registered: 01/23/09
Posts: 298
Loc: Dallas
Take the scoped rifle and just wipe it down with a light coat of oil before going out and once you're back inside.

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#6599866 - 12/23/16 11:08 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
DStroud Offline
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Registered: 11/02/11
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no you are not thinking enough.... I would be thinking wow I need a rainy weather rifle and head straight to get the the perfect all weather rifle.

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#6599876 - 12/23/16 11:12 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
Marc in Bastrop Offline
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Well.......

I would say that is a highly subjective and personal decision that only you can make. I know people who would never even consider laying their rifle on soft clean grass, and others who see them as tools to be used as needed.
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#6599877 - 12/23/16 11:12 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
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Loc: texas
I think you need another scoped rifle to hunt with.
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#6599886 - 12/23/16 11:15 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: rickym]
TexFlip Offline
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Registered: 08/18/12
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Loc: Chambers County
Originally Posted By: rickym
I think you need another scoped rifle to hunt with.

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#6599891 - 12/23/16 11:18 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
Herbie Hancock Offline
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Registered: 08/23/16
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Loc: Cypress, Texas
Yeah no one wants to ruin their pretty gun that you've invested thousands of dollars into. But as a hunter you know that you're not always going to be in the perfect environment and dings, etc. will happen.

As said above get another scoped rifle to hunt with.

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#6599929 - 12/23/16 11:37 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
Sidebuster Offline


Registered: 01/31/09
Posts: 178
Loc: Rowlett
I always transport mine in a water proof gun case that my wife made me.

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#6599935 - 12/23/16 11:40 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
txtrophy85 Offline
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I took my wood stocked ruger (a "nice" hunting rifle) with me to Colorado.

A week of hunting, snow, 4 wheeler rides, ice, rain, mud....wiped it down with a silicone cloth after each hunt and it looked the exact same it did before I got there

Gun manufacturers sold us a lie about wood stocked and blued guns not being able to hold up in rainy or wet conditions

Don't leave it out in the rain for a week, but you will be fine using it to hunt.
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#6599942 - 12/23/16 11:43 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
7six2 Offline
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Registered: 06/14/16
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I know my rifle can take it as long as I wipe with oil. Its just the thought of having to unscrew it from the bedding so I can clean/oil all the nooks and crannies...then having to carefully re-torque everything and worry about affecting my groups...She shoots SWEET right now. I'm just curious if other folks would use their top-tier rifle if they had a choice. I had a scoped "hunting" rifle for a while but I sold it to get something more precision oriented.

My wife just gave me the "ok" to get a 30-30 lever action, if I don't want to use the Mosin; but it would be iron sights also.

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#6599948 - 12/23/16 11:48 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
Western Offline
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One reason it's a good idea to have bino's, scope is safest used as intended. Also, another reason both my main hunting rifles are stainless and composite.

As far as your question for right now, keep it wiped down as already mentioned, wont be the 1st rifle in history with a blued finish to see rough weather. I hunted the Rockies with blued steel for several years before going stainless, snow, ice, rain, I just kept those small packets of oil wipes in my pack and never had an issue, then a thorough cleaning when you're done.
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#6599953 - 12/23/16 11:51 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
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Pick up a Ruger American .308 with synthetic stock for < 400
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#6599954 - 12/23/16 11:51 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
skinnerback Offline
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Registered: 05/30/11
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Your rifle is a tool, use it as such. Just like any other tool, take care of it and you'll be fine. As mentioned above, oil or Corrosion-X is your friend. For your scope, I recommend flip open lens covers or a bikini cover. You're gonna kick yourself in the butt if you miss or make a bad shot with iron sights 100-150 yrds away.

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#6599957 - 12/23/16 11:53 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
shea.mcphail Offline
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Registered: 11/27/14
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Loc: Mesquite/Canton
No recommendation on what gun to take, but I recommend buying a few finger cots to put over the muzzle to keep water out of the bore despite what gun you bring.

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#6599965 - 12/23/16 11:58 AM Re: Rifles and rainy days [Re: 7six2]
skinnerback Offline
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Originally Posted By: 7six2
I know my rifle can take it as long as I wipe with oil. Its just the thought of having to unscrew it from the bedding so I can clean/oil all the nooks and crannies...then having to carefully re-torque everything and worry about affecting my groups...She shoots SWEET right now. I'm just curious if other folks would use their top-tier rifle if they had a choice. I had a scoped "hunting" rifle for a while but I sold it to get something more precision oriented.

My wife just gave me the "ok" to get a 30-30 lever action, if I don't want to use the Mosin; but it would be iron sights also.



You don't need to take anything apart. What I do is remove the bolt (lens covers on) put the bore on a folded up rag and spray down with Corrosion-X. Rest it on something safe and let the excess run off for a while. Then take a clean cloth and wipe it down good. I do the same thing with shotguns. Works good.

I don't spray any oil in my rifle barrels, only shotguns.


Edited by skinnerback (12/23/16 12:01 PM)

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