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    Default Rust Preventer Recommendations

    I have a Spring Alliulik Peninsula bear hunt coming up. I really want to bring my wood and blued .375 H&H (it has been the gun that I always dreamed of taking just like in the photos of old). That said I am looking for some type of coating,oil, product, or spray that I can put on my gun that will hold up to the Kodiak marine environment and weather. Years ago I used a product called RPM and have been looking it for something similar for years. RPM sprayed on and dried a little tacky but worked nicely on several wet coastal hunts and wiped off with oil. Any ideas would be much appreciated?

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    Boe-Shield and G-96 will both dry semi waxy.
    I like Tetra gun lube better.
    Or use marine (Boat trailer) bearing grease.
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    I second the bearing grease, I've used it for almost 20 years now and have never had a rust problem on my guns. I also always carry a little bit just in case I need to touch up a spot.
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    Thanks FP - I will check them out. I never thought about marine grease, may get a little messy but would probably work well....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunder chicken1 View Post
    I second the bearing grease, I've used it for almost 20 years now and have never had a rust problem on my guns. I also always carry a little bit just in case I need to touch up a spot.
    That is a great testimonial 20 years no rust....just curious if much of that was in a salt water marine environment. Thanks

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    No I'm in the interior but for a 10 day hunt it should be fine
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    My 7x57mm Sporterized Mauser was in a skiff that swamped while we were trying to beach during a period of high surf. I found it a couple hours later when the tide ran out... That was 30 years ago.... and it has not rusted yet.
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    FP were you using the marine grease?

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    Corrosion-X for colder Temps...LPS-3 works in warmer.....

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    Roger the marine grease, just a thin coat applied with a rag.
    Plus I carry cleaning gear in my pack....

    Another thing we used to do back in the 60s and 70s was paste wax on the metal and wood. It would dry on and it is pretty waterproof.
    Even neutral shoe polish will work in a pinch.

    You can also use Black Powder BORE BUTTER or WONDER LUBE, they are both some sort of paste like stuff that smells nice. They are none, petroleum based for black powder so they wear off faster in salt water.


    Here are some cold weather lube tests I did a few years ago.
    BUT, this does not cover the ability to block salt water and stay on the metal.


    Cold Weather Firearms Lube Test.
    Negative 10 to Negative 65 F.

    Shooter Choice FP-10.............. Works very well in ARs and bolt guns. Good to-50
    Terta Gun Lube............... Thicker, works well on crew full auto weapons
    Mil Issue Arctic Brake Fluid............. Worked well on M-2HB and M-240 at 56 below
    G-96 Gun treatment............... Comes as a spray, very light, bolts guns to 65
    G-96 Gun Grease................... Synt Grease like aviation missile rail grease. -30
    Penn Synthetic Reel Oil P/N 92340............. Very thin Fluid, Extremely slippery good to -65
    Marvel Mystery Oil................... Very fluid, Very slippery good to -40
    3 in 1 Oil................. Fairly fluid, somewhat slippery gums at -20
    LPS-2.................. Fairly Fluid, somewhat slippery gums at -20
    Klean-Bore Formula 3.................... Some separation, fairly fluid, somewhat slippery
    Tri-Flow........................ Separated, does not adhere or film on metal
    Break-Free.................... Separated, somewhat tacky and semi syrup like
    Mil-Tech.................... Thick, somewhat tacky, syrup like
    Outers Gun Oil.................. Very thick syrup. Tacky
    Mil spec MIL4-46000c Lube Oi.....................l Separated, some was in thick jell state.
    Rem Oil....................... Thick jell, tacky
    Boe Shield T-9....................... Thick Jell, tacky
    Corrosion X HD.......................... Thick jell, tacky
    Ballistol.............................. very thick jell. Separation
    Exxon Elite 20-50 Syn Av Oil.................... Very Thick, glue like
    AeroShell 15-50 Semi Syn Av Oil................ Very thick, glue like
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    Default RIG

    RIG has been around since the 20's or 30's and has proven itself for many generations. Many used it the bores of guns firing corrosive ammo when they couldn't clean them right away. Even in a comprehensive test I saw some years back it came out on top.

    May not be the very best now, but I'm sure it is still near the top if still not the best.
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    FP thanks for the lube test great info,I will have to print that off.

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    Rig sound good too... Thanks looks like some good stuff out there I am good about keeping my guns clean in the field so I should be good to go. I will get a couple of these, apply them and see which one looks like it would wear/work the best.

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