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1/22/2020 12:12:56 PM
Posted: 11/22/2012 3:33:52 PM EST
Let's say for 300 years with the ability to clean and fire it. Place it in a sealed drum filled with Breakfree? Sealed drum filled with motor oil? Cosmoline? Vacuum seal and encase in concrete? Would any parts actually go bad if placed in a liquified solution that long?
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:35:19 PM EST
Cosmoline, it's been preserving guns for a LONG time.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:35:21 PM EST
Oil it down and vacume seal it in thick plastic with desecant.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:36:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2012 3:37:07 PM EST by BURN]
combine answers 1 and 2....
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:37:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2012 3:40:19 PM EST by gastrap]
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:40:49 PM EST
The real problem would be ammo. I don't know if it would last 300 years with out degrading.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:41:21 PM EST
Don't think you can improve much on cosmmoline. No oxygen or moisture is getting in. A metal case where the rifles are padded from damage and I don't see what could go wrong. Canned M-1 Garands for the win.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:44:24 PM EST
Put it in a swamp in Russia.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:48:53 PM EST
Originally Posted By mo98:
The real problem would be ammo. I don't know if it would last 300 years with out degrading.


Yeah, not sure about ammo, but I fired 40 rounds of 8mm Mauser that were over 100 years old and they all worked fine. Not a single fizzle. They were stored well and in a very dry climate though.

Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:53:54 PM EST
Cosmoline.
I've cleaned out enough kits that had been dunked into hot cosmoline to verify that it works quite well.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 3:55:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2012 3:55:35 PM EST by 1srelluc]
I recall Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly's sister's revolver was found preserved in a can of lard hidden in a wall. It was just wrapped in a piece of leather and stuck down in the lard.

That said I don't know how lard would work long term.

Link Posted: 11/22/2012 4:19:58 PM EST
Motor oil seems like it would work.
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 4:28:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/22/2012 4:30:57 PM EST by tc2k11]
Originally Posted By BURN:
combine answers 1 and 2....

...and oxygen absorbers with an Argon atmosphere.

Vacuum is pointless except to remove oxygen. Vacuum, maybe, then purge with argon.

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Link Posted: 11/22/2012 4:33:05 PM EST
300 years, man are you thinkin WAY AHEAD!!!!!
Link Posted: 11/22/2012 4:33:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By JIMBEAM:
Motor oil seems like it would work.


Any petroleum product could cause issues with any plastic or rubber parts long term.
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