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Should a gun be stored with the chamber open? I would think not because it would wear down the springs. Can anyone confirm this for me?

from kansasp51dmustang on 09.26.11

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from Wilkikyl wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

Well,I store my guns with the chamber closed. As long as they are cleaned out so they wont rust or anything, you should be fine. I've even known people that own bolt actions take the bolt out and store it seperately.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

As long as it is stored in proper conditions, it doesn't matter. You will never wear out the springs by leaving it open because a spring only wears out by fatiguing (when it is actually in motion).

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I have always been taught that you should store chamber open.

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from OutdoorEnvy wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I've heard this go either way...Now for the open chamber storage argument. Keeping the chamber open allows air to flow through the barrel and you won't have moisture build up and will lower the chance of rusting in the barrel. But Huntfishtrap's argument is legit too. I say just clean your guns and keep them oiled properly and won't have to worry either way you go...

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from AMM0 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

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I've always been taught the firearm should be stored with the chamber closed.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

No, I would not store it with the chamber open, both for the reason you stated and the fact that the action would get very dirty/dusty inside if it was open to the air.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

No, I would not store it with the chamber open, both for the reason you stated and the fact that the action would get very dirty/dusty inside if it was open to the air.

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from AMM0 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

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I've always been taught the firearm should be stored with the chamber closed.

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from OutdoorEnvy wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I've heard this go either way...Now for the open chamber storage argument. Keeping the chamber open allows air to flow through the barrel and you won't have moisture build up and will lower the chance of rusting in the barrel. But Huntfishtrap's argument is legit too. I say just clean your guns and keep them oiled properly and won't have to worry either way you go...

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from Smitty18 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

I have always been taught that you should store chamber open.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 2 years 42 weeks ago

As long as it is stored in proper conditions, it doesn't matter. You will never wear out the springs by leaving it open because a spring only wears out by fatiguing (when it is actually in motion).

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from Wilkikyl wrote 2 years 41 weeks ago

Well,I store my guns with the chamber closed. As long as they are cleaned out so they wont rust or anything, you should be fine. I've even known people that own bolt actions take the bolt out and store it seperately.

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