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    What exactly does a gun sock do?

    Appearantly it protects from rust? But how? I plan on storing my gun in a case. I know know it's not recommended, but I'll only be having a rifle until I move out which is only in about ~5 years and reading around with some moisture absorbers and at least a monthly wipe down it should be fine.

    Now, I'm debating should I store the firearm in a gun sock to inside the case? And put some moisture absorber inside the gun to or...? Is the gun sock air tight?
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    Honestly I always thought they were just a thing to keep your guns getting dings from others while moving em around.

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    In some provinces, the gun sock is considered sufficient for the firearm to be "encased", for purposes of the hunting laws and active hunting hours regulations. If a person found that their provincial hunting laws recognize the gun sock as having that role, then it could be a little lighter or more maneuverable than a rifle case for the hike out to the stand, blind, or area with hunting opportunities.

    Googling the debates on it, it seems most agree the socks can protect guns stored in a safe with tight space. There are a dozen opinions on whether it can protect or help with moisture control. There are a few stories online of guns in socks developing some rust, so I wouldn't look at it as a cure all. But the victims don't describe the problem in detail so it is hard to know if there was existing rust, or the storage isn't heated, etc. Someone should do a controlled study if they want to put out a product with any moisture control claims.

    For me, I do the same as for guitars. Keep them in normal humidity and comfortable room temperature. But unlike guitars, at least once a year rub the metal and spray unreachable metal with some CLP type product, if it isn't being cleaned anyway from some use followed by cleaning. Oils creep, so a little goes further than one might think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by labradort View Post
    In some provinces, the gun sock is considered sufficient for the firearm to be "encased", for purposes of the hunting laws and active hunting hours regulations. If a person found that their provincial hunting laws recognize the gun sock as having that role, then it could be a little lighter or more maneuverable than a rifle case for the hike out to the stand, blind, or area with hunting opportunities.

    Googling the debates on it, it seems most agree the socks can protect guns stored in a safe with tight space. There are a dozen opinions on whether it can protect or help with moisture control. There are a few stories online of guns in socks developing some rust, so I wouldn't look at it as a cure all. But the victims don't describe the problem in detail so it is hard to know if there was existing rust, or the storage isn't heated, etc. Someone should do a controlled study if they want to put out a product with any moisture control claims.

    For me, I do the same as for guitars. Keep them in normal humidity and comfortable room temperature. But unlike guitars, at least once a year rub the metal and spray unreachable metal with some CLP type product, if it isn't being cleaned anyway from some use followed by cleaning. Oils creep, so a little goes further than one might think.
    I see.

    I mean why not get a gun sock, it's 13$.

    I just want to make sure it won't block the moisture absorber that's in the case, I can just not tighten the opening after all.

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    Some socks claim to have some sort of rust inhibitor impregnated into the material. Others do not.... I don't really trust anything besides a coat of oil and low humidity to really keep it at bay. Mine get a periodic wipedown with G96, whether in the safe or stashed in a case.

    I have a couple socks, mostly used on the nicer wood stocks in the safe or to keep guns from bumping together in my double hard case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kennymo View Post
    I don't really trust anything besides a coat of oil and low humidity to really keep it at bay. Mine get a periodic wipedown with G96, whether in the safe or stashed in a case.

    I have a couple socks, mostly used on the nicer wood stocks in the safe or to keep guns from bumping together in my double hard case.
    Right. That's my understanding to.

    One question, do the inside of barrels rust to? Would you need to run a patch in part of the monthly wipe down? I do plan on leaving a small film of oil after cleaning in the barrel to before storing it.

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    Huh, thanks for this guys. I thought they were to keep guns warm on winter nights.
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    You should always put a gun sock on your firearm before you put it in a gun shoe. Note however that no gun sock should be used if you're putting your firearm in a gun sandal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battle Beaver View Post
    You should always put a gun sock on your firearm before you put it in a gun shoe. Note however that no gun sock should be using if you're putting your firearm in a gun sandal.
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    I use a gun sock to case my rifle when I am walking out to my truck from my deer stand when I do an evening hunt and it has gotten dark.

    To be legal in Ontario your gun has to be cased after dark and after questioning a C.O. I was told that a gun sock would be considered cased.

    A gun sock is nice and compact so I can carry it all rolled up in my pocket.

    I heard that a few years back there was C.O. that would be waiting by your truck for you to walk out after dark to see if you had cased your rifle. So I bought a gun sock just in case, never had it happen but better safe from a fine than sorry.

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