July 2000

Gun Maintenance Checkup: We Pick Seven Slick Rust Preventives

If you have a decent collection of blued-steel guns, how do you preserve those finishes for long life and usefulness? We found the “solutions” in a head-to-head test.

[IMGCAP(1)] How often have you pulled out ol’ Betsy only to find fingerprints rusted into her blued surface? But you were sure you rubbed down this firearm a few months ago with a highly-touted rust-preventing goo. But there the fingerprint is. Moreover, what about the bore and guts of the action? Are they sprouting oxidized metal, too?

During the past decade we’ve periodically attempted to find good rust-preventing substances, and we’ve found a few. But since rust keeps coming at us, we keep fighting back against it, and to that end, it was time to test a few more rust preventatives, which we hoped would be easy to apply, effective, and cheap.

We picked some products that we keep on h...

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