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Hunting rifle rain & scratch protection

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by neiled, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. neiled

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    As the title says I'm looking for the best way of protecting my new HW100KT against both rain and general wear and tear marks (scratches, dinks, bumps etc.) when I'm out hunting so what do you lads do to protect yours? I'm not in to target shooting so it's only going to be used for hunting.

    It's not too bad in daylight as I try and be careful where I'm placing it for taking a shot but it can still get caught, scratched, knocked etc. when stalking though the undergrowth but it's a lot harder in the dark as I can't always see what and where I'm placing it.

    Waterproofing's another thing as I'm not a fair weather shooter and will go out in the rain, well light rain anyway :eek:

    Any pictures to show how you protect yours would be a bonus lads.
     
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    You could wipe It down with birchwood Casey take alongs, cheap and really good . Get them from uttings at a good price
     
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    Simple and good way to protect your pride and joy is to make one of these, I have one for each rifle and the one in the pic as a waterproof nylon liner with a camo mesh outer, making another one this week for Sas as she as a new ultra and don't want it scratched in the woods, ( hope the pic works ). Ian
     

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    Thanks for the replies, it's good see that there are some like minded hunters on here :up:
     
  6. Snipertez

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    Hi neiled, there is good hunting to be had in rough weather and these conditions can be used to great advantage also. I use my rifle as a hunting tool as well and expect it to get those "used" marks/knocks. l now affectionally call these scrapes/dinks "loved", as its going through the process of doing what l love when they get applied ;).

    I've also thought for a while about a water/weatherproof cover/shelter for when out in the wet. There is a ponch design that has a front scope/rifle/bino flap built into it. Bit expensive (£50-ish) if l remember tho.

    I've an old dpm goretex coat that has a spare arm l'm thinking of mod'ing into a quick-cover for a pocket sizes drape, , , , still thinking about that one.

    The main problem l see, whether covering to prevent damage or keeping the elements out, is doing it in such a way as to still allow good use (and safety) of the rifle. Its a compramise thing for sure :confused:
     
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    Ian, thats a tidy piece of work and you might get a few orders !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Your not the first to say that and I have made a couple for my mates but I did need there rifles to use as a template. They are very easy to make all you need is a sewing machine some press studs and the covering ( jack pyke mesh ) or similar. Ian.
     
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    hello ian, yes i expect you would need make template, but then i dont have a machine as you say, so will look at those socky things, many members do make some good diy shooting stuff as i put on a rifle rest prototype here but never heard back from the forum member making one. anyway well done 2014s first good diy idea
     
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    I agree with Ratman60, yours is an excellent design but alas my homecraft skills only amount to pressing the "buy button" on the websites for the other suggestions that have been made so some camo tape and a gun sock are now heading my way :eek:.... but who knows in the future.
     
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    its not waterproof, but wrapped in this, the rifle will be protected as much as it can be from those knocks and scratches http://dx.com/p/constable-convenien...c-non-woven-fabric-bandage-black-450cm-227001
    before applying, wipe down the rifle with a thin film of ballistol (or other oil/protectant). - this will protect it from the rain.
    when the hunting session is finished, remove the bandage and leave out to dry and wipe rifle down
     
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    If you want to waterproof it just wrap some cling film around it before you go out.

    Simples.
     
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    Cling film + water = shiny and reflective
     
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    Hi. unless the stock design has altered since I had my early HW100 I would be concerned about water collection in the inletting, Lots of cavities there to hold water. I gave mine a few good coats of Tru oil to seal it here. Also for complete water protection of metal work I spray a coat of ACF50 "google it" before going out in the rain. If this stuff will stop a motor bike rusting over winter with one coat you gun should be safe on a days outing. Cant comment on minor woodwork scratches after all it's a hunting gun not a wall hanger.
    Just my opinion!
     
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    Not waterproof but water repellent by applying silicone spray
    For first time fitting cut out for trigger, magazine port, bolt/sidelever, swivels etc
    Then fit / cut out for scope mounts
    Remove the sock from rifle
    Then spray the sock with silicone spray whilst off the gun and let it dry
    Refit to gun and zero sights

    Remove sock from rifle if its been raining, dry sock and re-apply silicone
    As per usual wet weather - separate stock from action and wipe down / dry

    The only down side is removing the scope each time you have been out on a wet shoot
     
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    I use the acf50 and its brilliant and recommended
     
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    Never used these socks, sorry to sound dumb but how do they work with an underlever? Can you still cock the gun etc without rermoiving the sock?
     
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    Great idea,I need something for my mk4 DAYSTATE.
     
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    have you tried a hunters apg camo sock, and just cut out the holes for your sidelever and magazine port :)
     

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