Salt’s bad...for your gun

Sporting Gun - - SHOOTING ANSWERS -

l do a lot of wildfowling with an Es­cort semi-auto be­cause it is a rough and ready piece of kit that doesn’t hold much value. Hav­ing said that, I have is­sues with the bar­rel rust­ing. Is there a way I can stop this from hap­pen­ing?

I am well aware of how the salt-laden fore­shore can de­stroy equip­ment in a short space of time. How­ever, there are plenty of things you can do to re­duce the chances of your bar­rel go­ing rusty.

Keep­ing the gun off the salty mud and grass is a start. This can be achieved by car­ry­ing

Tom says:

your fowl­ing piece in a gun slip un­til it’s needed. Once you’ve set­tled into a suit­able creek or gut­ter, prop the gun up in a forked stick to keep it off the ground.

I had a lot of is­sues with my old pump gun rust­ing, so I went for the more per­ma­nent op­tion of spray­ing it with paint. I don’t rec­om­mend this tech­nique with an ex­pen­sive piece of kit, but it is very ef­fec­tive at solv­ing the rust is­sue on an old, or less valu­able, gun.

Keep your gun off the salty mud or grass

of the fore­shore

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