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"Hanging" a Rifle for Storage. Good...Bad?

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I've had this thought in the back of my head for a long, long time and was hoping to get some input. Half my collection is stored vertically on the floor and the other half (namely my EBG's) are hanging horizontally on a wall-mounted wooden gun rack.

I can't seem to shake the feeling (even though lots of people do it) that suspending a gun by the stock and barrel can't be good for the barrel. Metal is strong, sure...but is it possible for the metal to begin to warp slowly, over time? Especially with the heavier types of rifles. If pictures are needed, let me know.

Thanks in advance for any and all input, guys.
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I think it would take more than hanging by its own weight to warp a barrel, namely heat, more than we can generate and live with, I have been hanging my long guns in racks in the house as well as the truck since the 60's with no sign of warp or changes in accuracy...

I wouldnt worry about it dude.
This type of though will have you second guessing how much you lube your rifles that are verticle, and how often...much ado about nothing IMHO.
Thanks guys

I figured I was over-thinking this, but it just kept bugging me :tongue2: I think a lot of it came from seeing how the flat stock at our shop needs to be kept on the ground--flat--and how it tends to warp over time if you have it against the wall.
you have to remember that flat stock it alot more flexible than carbon steel high tensile gun barrels. no worries dude. my dad has stored rifles in wall racks for amny years with no problems.

Hey RDFabsRep. Wouldn't wory about it. I've seen rifles in truck racks during a Texas summer that still shot true come deer season. And this is from people who have been doing this since the 1940's. I'd be more worried about the rifle rack falling off the wall than bending the barrel of a rifle hung on it.
I have a muzzleloader that has been hanging on brass hooks over the mantle for 20 years that is as accurate today as it was when I got it. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
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