Tip #11 Rust Protection for Firearms That Sticks To The Job
As an avid outdoorsman who participates in many hunting activities as a source of recreation as well as food for my table, I've gone through a dozen or more products to protect my guns from rust while in the field. But every gun oil and "rust inhibitor" I've used has failed miserably during my waterfowling outings where mud, salt water, rain and moisture is prevalent.
Then several years ago I realized I had the solution right in my hand while I was lubricating the drive chains on my two-wheel drive trail bike. After reading the product description and test results provided on the label, I knew I had found the ultimate rust preventer for my guns and other outdoors equipment that was prone to rusting during its use in the field.
Motorcycle Chain Lube comes in an aerosol spray can and is distributed under many brand names; the one I am currently using is from a NAPA auto parts store. It sprays on in a foamy yellow liquid which allows it to hold well on items such as motorcycle chains while it penetrates the links and rollers. And its inherent quality to adhere to the metal surface without being thrown off during high speeds is a very important factor in this application.
A Saltwater Spray Test is the ultimate method for determining which lubricants and rust preventative oils will adhere to the metal and protect it from eventual exposure to the elements. In every test, motorcycle chain lube held up better than any other gun oil and lubricant tested. And by a factor many times better than the next best product. If you take your guns and other equipment into the field where the possibility of rusting may occur, chain lube is the best protection you could ever use.
Field Note: Never use WD-40 on any equipment or guns you wish to protect from rusting. Although this product is a lubricant and penetrant, it is NOT a rust prevention product. It is designed with an inherent quality to absorb moisture, not repel it. If you have ever had a wet ignition switch on your boat or moisture in your distributor cap, you can use WD-40 to absorb and "dry" the contacts to allow electrical continuity again.
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