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Thread: Rust - What am I doing wrong?

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    Rust - What am I doing wrong?

    Hi Guys,

    I need a hand, starting to get pissed of with my rifle....... Every time I check on it in the safe its developed some light surface rust in/on the action. The barrel is sweet, no issue there.

    Its a Tikka T3 Varmint. I clean it after every use and drench it in Inox after cleaning but it still develops light surface rust. The safe has damprid in it so that should be drawing out all of the moisture..........

    The safe is in the garage so its colder than the rest of the house but that shouldn't be to much of an issue should it?

    What am I doing wrong? Any advice appreciated.

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    Try a different oil, CLP is supposed to be one of the best. I've got similar storage to yourself and have no rust issues using it
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    I had similar issues with Inox as well. I dont know if it was the cause but when I switched to M Pro 7 CLP (clean / lube / protect) those issues went away. Personally I am inclined to think any gun oil would be better after my experience. M Pro 7 was the bottle I brought as it was the brand the shop sold when I was in it looking around.....

    I have also since got a small fan installed in the cabinet. Its from a computer and runs off a solar panel. Just enough to circulate the air which seems to help condensation which is from temperature differences.
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    Inox is great. Whatever it is causing it I'm sure it isn't the inox.
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    Are you grabbing it by the barrel to put it back in the safe? Oils and shit from your hands make them rust.
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    Could it possibly be condensation?
    If the metal is colder than the air around any water vapour will condense on the surface, damp rid or not. It would be particularly apparent when the inside of a safe located in a garage is chilled from overnight low temperatures and opened to warmer ambient air say later in the morning when things warm up a bit.
    I would have thought Inox would be up to the challenge as it is excellent stuff. Maybe an anomaly with the finishing?

    Maybe try a light bulb or other heat source, personally I use Inox for everything with no complaints and run a lead lamp in the safe.

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    Thanks for your reply's guys. I had even more issues using Remington gun oil so switched to Inox........ Its been better but I think I need a heat source in the safe. Might go get a lockdown dehumidifier rod tomorrow.

    I'm sick of scrubbing off light surface rust every two weeks.

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    I have heard of blued tikkas being really bad for rust, must be the finish. Some rifles just grow the stuff, it must be the finish

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    Don't get too upset about the exterior. The bullet goes down the inside of the barrel.
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    I think its certain guns theres a few in the safe but only one does it

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    Hey Nick, how long have you had your tikka? I bought a t3 in March and I have a couple of spots of rust that have been showing up recently.
    It's stainless but still wonder if something is wrong with the finish.
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    Ive found small rechargeable dehumidifiers from Mitre 10, on special atm for $20. Fit in the safe easily...plug in to recharge, works great

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    My blued tikka did the same thing and i have since moved to a stainless and no longer have that problem. I used to use pingi bags to prevent that. Also are you leaving too much oil on your rifle? Just some ideas. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyhabit View Post
    Ive found small rechargeable dehumidifiers from Mitre 10, on special atm for $20. Fit in the safe easily...plug in to recharge, works great
    We use one of these in the bedroom on the window sill. I have been meaning to get one for my tools etc. They seem to work very well.

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    I put a " Lockdown gun safe dehumidifier" into mine.
    Only about 20 watts of heat and it drives out all the moisture.
    Only about $50 and a few gun shops have them.
    End of problem for good.

    Also I use Ezox on all my firearms.
    There are some pretty good reviews comparing Eezox to some other popular brands and it spanked them all.

 

 

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