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I've been warned of this by several people I trust and respect so I believe that they do promote rust on blued guns. My question is do rubber grips promote rust on stainless guns? I'm thinking of putting my Hogue Monogrip (which I hate) on my .44 to see if it tames what I consider to be a punishing gun to shoot. After a few stout magnums my wrist goes numb but I'll put up with it if the rubber boots will put my gun at risk.
 

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I have heard the same thing. I'm told that condensation builds under rubber and not wood. That said, I have a Model of 1905 that had very early rubber grips (which obviously had not been removed in a long while) and no rust.
 

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Take the grips off, wipe everything with oil or CLP, and put the grips back on, being very careful to not touch any of the grip frame with your sweaty, salty hands.

I have a S&W 19 with Pachmayr Presentation grips (rubber) that completely enclose the grip frame. There's been no rust, and I've had it for over 30 years.

As a side note, it's been my experience that people who complain about rust on their firearms just simply don't take care of them.
 

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I take my stocks (grips ) off at least every 3rd time I shoot the gun. There is a lot of junk that gets down in there - and in my opinion, you need to clean them periodically.

I have pacmayer grips on one of my model 629-4 DX S&W's - stainless - and I've never seen any sign of rust or discoloration under the grips. That gun will sometimes stay in my safe for several months without being shot - not that a stainless gun should rust anyway - but not a problem for me.

Folks that have trouble with rust - are usually storing guns where they will pick up a little condensation ( humid air, then when it cools off, moisture will condense on the coldest item like cast iron tool tables, or guns ..). If you have your safe in a relatively dry area - or use a glo-stick - it should prevent most moisture from getting in there and stop condensation. If you can't do that - you just need to keep everything clean and oiled to protect it.
 
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