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    Leather sleeve/sock storage question.

    I was taught, some 40 or 50 years ago, to never store a gun in a leather sock, sleeve, scabbard, or other leather storage device for more than a few hours at a time....something to do with rust , as I remember. I've never done it because I didn't want to find out the hard way. Is there any truth to this? I have seen guys keeping saddle guns in leather scabbards or suede leather socks in the past, but just never questioned it before. Any of you do this without any issues?
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    I purchased a bunch of military scarves that were open on both ends
    added Velcro strips to the ends to close em
    keeps Em protected in the safe along with guide rods
    Works for me
    cheaper then the silicone ones
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    It all depends on where you are at. The humidity at your location will make the difference on whether or not your guns will rust sitting in leather. In my local in northern Idaho, I have low humidity and I do not have a problem. Besides, I always oil up my guns after cleaning before storing.

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    So it is strictly moisture? I have heard some people saying that it had something to do with the acidic nature of leather? I am not claiming to know. I'm only asking because I have heard the same stories of not storing guns in leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itmaygetloud View Post
    So it is strictly moisture? I have heard some people saying that it had something to do with the acidic nature of leather? I am not claiming to know. I'm only asking because I have heard the same stories of not storing guns in leather.
    There are different methods of tanning leather, a couple are Chrome tanning and vegetable tanning. Vegetable tan is more forgiving, but the bottom line is, either leather has to have moisture in it with some kind of oil to preserve it. That is what will pit your metal that is in it pending how moist it all is.
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