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ISSUE 146

Ballistic Tips: Rifle Cleaning and Storage

Well, the last shot has been fired and the roast is in the crock-pot filling your house with the aroma of hard-earned success but now what? When I am not hunting big game, my second passion in life is trapping. For those that trap, they know the amount of hard work that goes into the endeavor. For those that don’t, take my word for it when I say it’s a ton of hard work. But what does trapping have to do with rifle maintenance? Other than both pursuits requiring hard work, they both have steel in common. At this point you might be wondering if I’ve lost my mind, but indulge me while I explain. Rifles, like traps are made of steel and as such will rust (there’s that dreaded word), pit and won’t function properly without constant and continued maintenance. In the case of rifles, the stainless steel/synthetic variety need not apply as much in this situation as their blued/wood brethren.