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Proper Lee Enfield storage

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Topic: Proper Lee Enfield storage
Posted By: FlyPiper907
Subject: Proper Lee Enfield storage
Date Posted: February 22 2021 at 11:04pm
Howdy all!

I’m still fairly new to this forum and Lee Enfields. What is the proper way to store these firearms? Currently, I’ve got mine in my safe with the stock down. Will this have an effect on the draws at all?



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Posted By: britrifles
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 4:44am
No, I don’t think so, unless you had the bore saturated in oil and it seeped into the wood.  That’s how my LE’s have been stored for at least the last 60 years.  I always clean the bore, chamber and bolt face after shooting and a very light coat of oil in the bore. I also loosen the main screw a turn to keep the pressure off the wood. 






Posted By: Stanforth
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 4:54am
I have a large (for UK) collection of rifles and pistols. They are in a secure room with a dehumidifier inside it and I have had no problems whatsoever.

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Posted By: britrifles
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 5:07am
If humidity is below 50%, I see no need to keep the metal oiled.  

Do NOT store the rifle without a thorough cleaning if you have fired corrosively primed ammunition.  Don’t even wait until the next day after shooting.  


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 5:13am
You may want to place those silicon bags within your locker with yer rifles.(Like the ones you see packed in boxes of electronics).
These bags will keep them drier than a popcorn fart.



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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 7:28am
& don't forget to de-cock the striker.



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Posted By: Sinnlover
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 7:43am
Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

You may want to place those silicon bags within your locker with yer rifles.(Like the ones you see packed in boxes of electronics).
These bags will keep them drier than a popcorn fart.


I use these and I de-cock it (I hold the cocking piece when I do, I do not dry fire)


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 8:42am
There's an easier way.
With the bolt open pull & hold the trigger.
close the bolt!
Wink
Dry firing won't harm an Enfield, theres a "stop collar" on the striker which takes the dry firing stresses.
Hug


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Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 9:31am
I store all my rifles muzzle down, de-cocked and cleaned and lightly oiled.

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Posted By: FlyPiper907
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 9:47am
Thanks guys, appreciate the help! 


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: February 23 2021 at 8:40pm
Originally posted by Shamu Shamu wrote:

There's an easier way.
With the bolt open pull & hold the trigger.
close the bolt!
Wink
Dry firing won't harm an Enfield, theres a "stop collar" on the striker which takes the dry firing stresses.
Hug

what he said - no issue dry firing 


Posted By: WilliamS
Date Posted: February 24 2021 at 1:00am
No5 Carbines should be stored muzzle down so that oils do not collect on the rubber buttpad. Other than that butt down is fine.


Posted By: AussieShooter
Date Posted: February 28 2021 at 6:29pm
Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

You may want to place those silicon bags within your locker with yer rifles.(Like the ones you see packed in boxes of electronics).
These bags will keep them drier than a popcorn fart.

Ok...Drier than a popcorn fart....where do I start??? Clap


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Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: March 01 2021 at 11:28am
Only my No8's are muzzle down in the safe, due to the rubber butt pad that can be damaged if kept butt down.
All the others are butt down. Cleaned after shooting and very lightly oiled. Ensure that oil will not creep into the wood!


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Posted By: lyman1903
Date Posted: March 01 2021 at 12:23pm
Originally posted by Canuck Canuck wrote:

I store all my rifles muzzle down, de-cocked and cleaned and lightly oiled.


I alternate mine in the safe, and leave the bolts open on the butt down rifles, 

I learned I can fit more in the safe that way


Posted By: Marco1010
Date Posted: March 01 2021 at 7:32pm
in photos showing lee enfield rifles in the factory or armory being serviced, they show the rifles in racks stored muzzle down. always understood that this was to prevent oil saturating the butt wrists.


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: March 01 2021 at 7:44pm
Yes, it is called oil perishing.

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Posted By: pisco
Date Posted: March 01 2021 at 10:03pm
always store my rifles muzzle down with oil in the bore


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: March 02 2021 at 7:53am
I was told there are 2 "correct" ways.
1: Muzzle down, for all the reasons given.
2: Almost horizontal, but with a slight downward cant for the muzzle.
Having said that, I store like most butt down with no problems.


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Posted By: Zed
Date Posted: March 02 2021 at 11:51am
I think we are probably more careful with the amount of oil used before storing the rifle than the military.

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Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: March 02 2021 at 12:02pm
Zed, I agree. Careful use of oils goes a long way.

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: March 02 2021 at 3:20pm
Yes.

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Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: March 02 2021 at 6:39pm
absolutely , 



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