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Will I need to heat my shotgun cabinets in winter?

shotgun storage advice

Will this cause my gun to go rusty?

Mike George
Coldness on its own does not cause rust, but condensation does. Condensation usually occurs when a mild, damp day follows a period of cold.

To quote an extreme example, during a recent winter the temperature in my outdoor, unheated workshop went down to -14C.

I checked it every day and there were no problems until we had a mild, misty day.

The whole place was suddenly running with condensation, and I mopped about half a pint of water out of the chip tray under my lathe.

Inside a house there is always a danger of dampness on cold days, caused by such things as kitchen and bathroom steam, so it pays to take precautions.

Examine your shotgun regularly and give the metal parts a wipe down with a lightly-oiled cloth.

You can also provide added protection by placing something which will provide an anti-rust atmosphere in your shotgun cabinet.

Check out the Napier range, which is available from most gun shops.