Mr Horne’s tips for gunkeeping
‘Dry your gun carefully when it gets wet—never put it on the Aga, as the way the wood expands and contracts due to the heat will cause all sorts of untold problems. It is a natural material after all.
Use a cloth to remove beads of water—guns are made of steel, so they do rust—and oil the stock judiciously, but don’t overdo it. If you know it’s going to rain on a shoot day, take a spare, dry slip, into which you’ll be able to place the gun at the end, once it’s dry.
Many people store their guns by stacking them on the stock, with the barrels pointing upwards. However, when it’s wet, it’s best to stand the shotgun (carefully) on the tips of the barrels with the stock at the top, so that oil and water don’t run into the action [mechanics].’