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I've been thinking about ordering a supply of the mailer type boxes that so many companies use to ship handguns in. I'd use the boxes to store handguns in my safe so that I could stack them. Could cardboard leach any kind of acids or anything else that could harm the blueing? I'm curious what others use for storage.
 
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Unbleached Kraft paper used in corrugated containers is made with an acid process with a pH of around 4.0 to 4.5 typically, and if the corrugated linerboard got wet or damp there is a possibility of leaching of some residual chemicals or additives. To combat that, I would line the box with polyethylene, or with VCI-treated paper or poly film.

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Brownell's sells a fabric "sock" for handguns. They are made of a gray synthetic material, treated with silicone and rust-inhibitor. Brownell lists them as "Bore Stores." The handgun versions range from $4.25 to $7.75.

I use them and have been very satisfied, and several other members have reported the same results.
 

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Thanks, that's what I'm looking for. I need to put them into boxes or something stackable to stack them in the cabinet. I even wondered about plastic tuperware type boxes. Perhaps the "socks" then inside a cardboard or plastic box. I guess the plastic storage containers by themselves might be o.k. There a couple nice handguns I really don't want anything to happen to.
 

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I've put handguns in cardboard printer type boxes and stacked them in my safe for the last five years or so. I have also thought about the potential for a damaging chemical reaction; however, I have seen no problems to date. I live in a dry climate; so, my experience may not be universal. Even though I've had no problems, if I were to leave the country for several years and not be able to regularly inspect my pistols, I probably would wrap them in VPI paper before reboxing them. If you fear chemical reactions, don't store your guns in anything made of PVC.
 

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I've put handguns in cardboard printer type boxes and stacked them in my safe for the last five years or so. I have also thought about the potential for a damaging chemical reaction; however, I have seen no problems to date. I live in a dry climate; so, my experience may not be universal. Even though I've had no problems, if I were to leave the country for several years and not be able to regularly inspect my pistols, I probably would wrap them in VPI paper before reboxing them. If you fear chemical reactions, don't store your guns in anything made of PVC.
 

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Be very careful re. the tupperware type of plastic boxes. Any humidity or moisture that is sealed in will create a terarium effect, and actually make the pistol more likely to rust. In my safe, I use racks that allow me to arrange a lot of pistols in a small area. I can get more pistols per shelf with the racks, that I can if each pistol were in a box. With the racks, I can get 30 pistols per shelf. In small boxes, I could probably get less than 20. I oil them up with Break Free Collector, then rack them. Here's a photo and some info on the racks. I don't have any connection with the seller, other than buying racks from him.

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Be very careful re. the tupperware type of plastic boxes. Any humidity or moisture that is sealed in will create a terarium effect, and actually make the pistol more likely to rust. In my safe, I use racks that allow me to arrange a lot of pistols in a small area. I can get more pistols per shelf with the racks, that I can if each pistol were in a box. With the racks, I can get 30 pistols per shelf. In small boxes, I could probably get less than 20. I oil them up with Break Free Collector, then rack them. Here's a photo and some info on the racks. I don't have any connection with the seller, other than buying racks from him.

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