There used to be a song whose refrain went: “Oh, lay it on the ground, and spread it all around, it’ll make your garden grow.” This could be applied to much of the advice I hear given about guns. The most recent piece which can double as fertilizer comes from a friend who asked me, very worried, if it was all right to use Birchwood-Casey Gun Scrubber on his rifles because the guy at the gun store had told him that “…it would dry out the wood.” This is so addled that it’s worth examining in detail.
But first, I have to say for the record that Birchwood-Casey Gun Scrubber is a gun nut’s best friend, and that right now I have one big can on my workbench and three more in reserve. It is one of the great boons of technology, along with big-screen TV and the Shu mine. But let us examine this statement that it will dry out your wood.
1. Why are you spraying it on your stock? It’s designed for use on metal. Are you simple or something?
2. Gun Scrubber is so volatile that it evaporates in seconds. To kiln-dry a piece of walnut, you need a couple of weeks, more or less. To air-dry it, you sometimes need years. How will the Gun Scrubber accomplish this miracle in the few ticks of the clock before it’s all gone?
3. Point number 2 refers to unfinished wood. Gun Scrubber will not get through modern gun finishes.
4. Walnut is supposed to be dry.
I will continue to spray Gun Scrubber with wild abandon. On metal, not on stocks or scopes. But one caution: Always wear safety glasses when you use it. It comes out under considerable pressure, and if you get it in your eyeball, your shrieks will make the welkin ring.