Mountain Biker – I read an article recently on this same thing only the author came up with other alternative locations for hiding the PVC cache instead of on/in the ground. He hid one near the top of a large pine tree after painting it with a bark/needle camo job. Climbed up and tied a piece of 550 cord to the tube, then ran it back down the tree and put it on a hook a few feet above head level. To retrieve, take another piece of 550, tie to the one going to the tube and lower it to the ground. He also hid one in the rafters/structure of his barn. Again, you had to climb to get to it or even see it behind the large 2×10’s and such. If you make it difficult enough to find, usually it won’t be. Have trouble climbing? Find some kids and give them the end of the 550 cord…
The Food Saver bags are pretty tough and can be purchased in rolls that will accomodate long guns. If you oil and then wrap any sharp edges of the gun in softer material to protect the bag, then seal you’ll have a nearly oxygen free environment. The Food Saver system is great for preserving guns even if they are just going under the bed. If you’ve got it an oxygen disc or bag of dessicant can be added to the bag. Also, adding dessicant to the tube will add another level if the bag leaks. Check around with some local businesses that get electronics or similar items in that need a moisture proof environment and they may just give you any dessicant they get in with new shipments – it can be “dried” in an oven for a few hours – directions are usually on the package.
Careful with the silicone – too much in the threads and you will have to cut open or break the tube to get it open. I think if you screw on the cap, put one bead of silicone where the cap meets the tube and hang the tube so the seal is facing down, there’s little chance of water intrusion. Great idea from Whirli to tape a hacksaw blade to the outside just in case.
Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.
- Thomas Paine