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1988
10-15-2009, 10:59 AM
My safe does not have humidity control, and I have quite a few safe queens.

Will the springs lose their effectiveness if the keep my rifle with bolt held opened to prevent moisture build-up in the receiver ? Over months ?

EBR Works
10-15-2009, 11:01 AM
This is only $20..

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013RBD5K

NSR500
10-15-2009, 11:02 AM
It should not kill the spring because just like magazines, the wear comes from compression/expansion cycles. If your safe does not have humidity control you should at least put desiccant packs in there.
As for storing bolt open, or bolt closed, I usually keep it closed.

jmf_tracy
10-15-2009, 11:11 AM
i would not leave the bolt open. you will be fine either way, but you are worrying too much. you can add desicant or buy the plug in thing, i have one that came with my safe that i have never used if you want to buy from me. you can also just put a bowl or glass of uncooked rice in there, it would absorb any moisture.

DirtRacer151
10-15-2009, 11:11 AM
I keep mine open. BAs makes more room between rifles and semis just and easy way to check clear right when I pull it out of the safe. I also store with empty mags in the rifles and loaded ones on the shelf. It makes me nervous to have them in there but I just developed a habit of leaving the bolts locked open rather then a rabbit of squeezing the trigger on accident when pulling it out. Do what makes you comfortable.

1988
10-15-2009, 11:20 AM
This is only $20..

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013RBD5K

That's nice, but I'd rather use something that requires no electric or battery.

1988
10-15-2009, 11:22 AM
i would not leave the bolt open. you will be fine either way, but you are worrying too much. you can add desicant or buy the plug in thing, i have one that came with my safe that i have never used if you want to buy from me. you can also just put a bowl or glass of uncooked rice in there, it would absorb any moisture.

Sounds like a brilliant idea. At least when SHTF, I still have enough rice reserve for a couple of days. :D

Vinz
10-15-2009, 5:32 PM
LOL, don't forget the spam.

If you keep it greased and lubed up well you should not have issues with corrosion.


vinz

Cyclepath
10-15-2009, 6:15 PM
A 900 gram box of dessicant should cover about 60 cubic feet. You can also reactivate them in the oven. I use a couple of boxes in my safe. I got mine from eBay for about $20.

billwright
10-15-2009, 6:48 PM
A 900 gram box of dessicant should cover about 60 cubic feet. You can also reactivate them in the oven. I use a couple of boxes in my safe. I got mine from eBay for about $20.

Agreed. Desiccant is needed in any kind of safe... Here are the Desiccant Dehumidifier Boxes, this place offers 3 sizes and free shipping:

http://www.silicagelpackets.com/dry-packs-dehumidifier/

Or ebay is always good as well!

Desert_Rat
10-15-2009, 9:00 PM
I think where you really run into corrosion problems is when you have a swamp cooler instea of Air conditioning.I have AC and no kind os moisture protection and I have no corrosion problem. Just my .02

1988
10-15-2009, 10:22 PM
Anyone used baking soda ?

I think it might be good to absorb the moisture and neutralize the odor at the same time.

How effective is baking soda for this job ?

fcr
10-16-2009, 7:52 AM
I use the unscented kitty liter. It was suggested before in this forum. Cheap and it is very absorbent. I put it in a Ped (panty hose foot) and tie it off.

stix213
10-16-2009, 12:23 PM
Has anyone tried to seal their safe? I'd think weather stripping or otherwise sealing the safe from moisture would go a long way even if your home has high humidity.

Desert_Rat
10-16-2009, 2:13 PM
A good safe will be sealed from the factory.with out the seal in the event of a fire,expect smoke and possibly flame damage.

trinydex
10-16-2009, 5:05 PM
how does one tell when the silica is done?

Cyclepath
10-16-2009, 5:06 PM
There is an indicator that turns pink when it is time to reactivate. After reactivation in an oven, it turns back to blue.