“Expensive Dave,” learn the e-mail, “I wish to purchase a brand new rifle however my spouse says my current one is completely good and to give up whining. What ought to I do?”
Straightforward. Simply do what hundreds of shooters do yearly: deal with your rifle so horribly that it should be changed. Right here’s how.
[1.] Pay money for a can of oil and have at it. Simply as nice cooks go heavy on the butter in nearly every part, nice gun wreckers slather on the lube. You need to use a can of 10W30 or the newest miracle gun oil that’s assured to not gum, appeal to dust, or go rancid. The outcomes might be about the identical.
[2.] In case your rifle wants work, give it to your good friend who will repair it without spending a dime. This is applicable particularly to set off work, as novice set off jobs introduce the potential of your killing somebody, which makes taking pictures all of the extra thrilling.
[3.] Don’t wipe down your stainless-steel rifle. The “stainless” metal used for rifle barrels and receivers is merely corrosion resistant. Water will rust it slowly. Blood, sweat, and different electrolytes will rust it shortly. Take your choose.
[4.] Retailer your rifle someplace the place air can not flow into round it. Zipped up in an affordable vinyl gentle case will do very properly.
[5.] And should you actually wish to retailer it proper, plug the barrel at each ends. A giant gob of sticky grease on the muzzle ought to lure every kind of moisture-laden air.
[6.] Accumulate as a lot copper fouling as potential within the bore. Bullets with pure copper jackets are particularly good for this. A wholesome coating of copper not solely seems nicer than plain naked metal however will destroy your barrel’s accuracy and pit the bore for good measure.
[7.] Whilst you’re at it, don’t clear the gun in any respect. You will have higher issues to do together with your time. You do imagine that weapons don’t want cleansing should you shoot fashionable ammo, proper?
[8.] When your rifle is just not in use, go away it standing the place it may be knocked over. A single fall onto concrete or rocks can add years to your rifle’s look, saving you untold quantities of effort.
[9.] Mortgage your rifle to your good friend whose pickup seems prefer it was used on the Battle of Stalingrad. Likelihood is he’ll take the identical type of care of your gun that he did of his truck.
[10.] In case you fly together with your rifle, don’t spend some huge cash on a very good laborious case. Airline baggage handlers unfailingly deal with checked objects with the best care and are notably conscientious about gun circumstances.
[11.] Whenever you’re in a car together with your rifle, let the muzzle relaxation on the ground. The tiniest chip or ding on the entrance finish of the barrel will do it in. There’s a chance of bonus injury right here, too: In South Carolina about 20 years in the past, a fellow I used to be looking with left his muzzle resting on the ground and the gun went off, mortally wounding his transmission and dramatically illustrating why loaded weapons don’t belong in automobiles.
[12.] When you have a rifle in a army caliber, shoot low-cost ammo with by no means a care. So what if it was made in an obscure Jap European nation in 1951? Do you assume there’s one thing flawed with it? Are you some type of snob or one thing?