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A lot of hunting is done during the winter months, especially for birds. This means that you are going to run the risk of your gun and ammunition getting wet or frozen from the cold. A lot of sport shooters also like to practice year round, so unless you are going to an indoor range, you are going to have to brave mother nature at some point. Whether is it walking in the rain or snow to hunt, or setting up paper or metal targets at the range, you must take some precautions with your guns and ammo to ensure they last. Depending on how much you spend on your gun, you may get a little apprehensive about taking it out for fear of it not shooting correctly, getting jammed, or even rusting. We have some answers and tips for you that will break up myths around water and shooting, as well as how to keep your gun looking and shooting as good as it did the day you brought it home.

Can guns get wet? Yes, guns can get wet and still fire with almost no problems at all, and are very safe to use when hunting in the winter, especially when it is raining. Most guns will even fire while submerged underwater as long as the ammunition is still water tight. While guns can rust, as long as you wipe them down and clean them after use, there is very little worry about your gun rusting and not working properly. Take the time to celan your gun after every use, and it will ensure the longevity of it for many years. One of the biggest things to look for is making sure that rain and snow do not fall into the barrel and sit, this can happen quickly when you are out duck hunting in the rain with your barrel pointed up. You can cover your barrel or look for a plug that you can take off when your prey is near.

Will Rain And Water Ruin My Stock

If you leave your gun out in the rain, snow or laying in water, there is a very good chance that it will ruin the stock. Most stocks are coated in laquer to protect it, but given enough time and possible wear from use, water can and will absorb into the wood and cause warping and or cracking in the wood. If this happens, you will have to replace the whole stock of your gun. It is best to check your gun for any cracks or wear marks so that you can get them fixed by a gunsmith before taking it out in the harsh weather.

Will My Gun Rust In The Rain

Yes, guns can and will rust in the rain or snow if not cleaned properly. Most guns are made out of steel, aluminum or plastic, so if you have a steel gun, it can rust if you do not clean it after each use. Rust may cause little “pits” to form on the barrel and also discoloration which can ruin a firearm. Gun cleaning kits are very inexpensive compared to the price of a gun, so having one and using it after each hunt or shoot will save the life of your firearm, and will keep it looking new and firing without any problems at all.

Is The Cold Bad For Guns

Cold weather is typically not bad for guns if you keep them in their case or in a safe place where they will not drop. Guns are made from high grade metal, plastic, and wood which have been tested for extreme cold and heat. as long as all of the parts of the gun move freely like they are supposed to, there should be no problem with it firing when needed in cold weather. If you are out in freezing temperatures, make sure you test all the parts before you load it so there are no accidents while you are out.

What Are Guns Made Of

What are guns made of? Guns are made of a combination of steel, aluminum, plastic and wood. Depending on what brand and caliber gun you buy, it could be all steel, or steel and plastic, or any combination. Barrels and any part of the gun that will see extreme heat from the ammunition will almost always be made out of metal, and the stock and finishes can be wood, plastic or metal. You can also get different stocks to put on your barrel and change them out depending on what you are doing, and where you might be shooting.

Does Cold Weather Affect Firing A Gun

Cold weather will not affect the firing of a gun, but if it is extremely cold, you may have to put on gloves and a jacket, which will change how you fire your weapon. Make sure that when you put on gloves, you can still feel the trigger so you do not accidentally have the gun go off. If you have to put a heavy jacket on, make sure that you keep the gun pressed up to your shoulder as tightly as you can so the recoil of the gun does not hit you and cause damage to your face and shoulder.

What Do I Do If My Gun Got Wet

The first thing to do if you get your gun wet is to unload it, if there is ammunition in it. After the gun has no bullets, you will want to break it down and wipe it with a towel to get all the water off. After you dry off the gun, it will be a good idea to oil it and lubricate all the parts so that the action is smooth. Make sure after you wipe it that you try not to touch it and put finger prints on it as that can cause spots on the barrel and stock. Do not let your gun stay wet for long periods of time or rust pits, and spots can occur which may never come off and will ruin you finish.

Final Thoughts

Guns were made to be used and fired in all weather conditions, but it is a good idea to make sure your gun does not spend long periods being wet. As long as you follow simple steps to keep your gun dry and clean after firing it, you should have no problem hunting or shooting in the rain or snow. If your gun does happen to fall in, or sit in water, you can take steps to dry and clean it so that rust will not occur on the barrel or parts. If you can spring for an inexpensive cleaning kit, you will have a fully operational gun that will last a lifetime of shooting.

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Are Bullets Waterproof, What Happens If They Get Wet?

Yes, bullets are waterproof, and is extremely unlikely that water will make it’s way into the casing. Bullets will get wet and still fire now problem, and will even fire underwater! Unless you break the seal on a bullet with tools, the odds of it getting wet and not firing is very small, so you should not have to worry about it.

How far can bullets penetrate water?

Low velocity bullets take an average of about 8 feet to be slowed to a point of being non lethal, while higher velocity rounds like the .50 caliber round will only take about 3 feet or less to become non lethal. The round hitting the water at a higher rate of speed has a bigger impact to the water which will cause it to shatter and disintegrate faster than a slower move round will. There are some special made bullets that are made for firing through water, which takes longer to slow, but these are not your typical bullets a typical shooter would buy.

Can bullets freeze?

Typically, there is not to freeze in a bullet that contains moisture, so freezing temperatures will not harm ammunition. There should be no problem storing, or leaving your ammunition in a cold or freezing environment. Anyone living in cold weather should always try and store their ammunition in a safe dry place, but if you are out hunting in the winter, you should have nothing to worry about in your ammunition firing like it is supposed to.