Main­tain­ing your gun

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

You may not be able to quite stretch to a Purdey, but you can look after your gun like an English gun­maker nonethe­less ❍ For long-term stor­age, leave the main springs in the ‘re­laxed’ state; for both side-by-side and over-and-un­der guns, fire off the locks (fir­ing pins) us­ing snap caps and don’t re­open the gun un­til you’re ready to use it ❍ If your gun gets a soak­ing, dry it care­fully. Don’t place it near di­rect heat as this could af­fect the wood­work and cause con­den­sa­tion ❍ Stand the fully as­sem­bled gun bar­rels down in your cabi­net. This en­sures ex­cess oil drains away from the stock ❍ Be ex­tremely cau­tious of us­ing too much oil. It can be ab­sorbed by the wood and sol­vents can wash grease out from the locks

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