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Old 11-20-2020, 01:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I use to hunt at the Salton Sea in southern California. You could almost see things rusting before your eyes. I bought a 870 Express just to shoot there. Here in southern Utah it's all freshwater. I was wondering how hard the GSL is on guns and equipment. Thanks
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Very.
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Between the sand and the salt the GSL is very hard on guns and all equipment.
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It’s hard on your waders too. The moment I get home I start cleaning everything
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I think the GSL has a higher salt content than the Salton Sea.
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The GSL is way saltier (142-317 g/kg) than the Salton Sea (44 g/kg).
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...er_by_salinity
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I think the GSL has a higher salt content than the Salton Sea.
Wow! Do you folks completely take your shotguns apart and clean after each trip ?

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I don't but I also don't hunt the lake itself and I avoid putting the gun in the water.😉 A simple bore snake and exterior wipe is all I do until I get most of a case through the gun. Then I may break down the gun and clean it for powder gumming up the works. I leave a very light to dry film on the internals and store barrel down to keep any draining out of the action, which shouldn't be a problem if left dry but better safe than ruining a hunt.
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I have hunted the GSL many times and watched guns rust before my eyes. It's amazing how fast a gun will rust on that body of water, especially on a foggy day when there is a lot of moisture in the air. It's like putting a wet gun in a wet case overnight. Instant rust!
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I have hunted the GSL many times and watched guns rust before my eyes. It's amazing how fast a gun will rust on that body of water, especially on a foggy day when there is a lot of moisture in the air. It's like putting a wet gun in a wet case overnight. Instant rust!


The grandson made a trip up to Farmington Bay, his 1st duck hunting trip out of southern Utah. After he saw your post he throughly cleaned his SBE 3. He was impressed by the amount of birds.
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