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Can gun oil/solvent smell spook deer?

I have been wondering .... A freshly cleaned and oiled gun has a wonderful smell. But I I figure if I can smell it certainly so can a deer. Since a deer would never smell it except when hunters are present they might learn to associate that smell with danger and avoid it like they do human scent. Does anyone know anything about this? Can anything be done to reduce the oil/solvent smell? Have any actual studies been done?

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Can gun oil/solvent smell spook deer?

Never had a problem with it and have been rifle hunting for many years. You should never have too much oil on your rifle anyway. A very thin (almost invisible) film is all that is needed. It's the human scent that scares away animals.

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Can gun oil/solvent smell spook deer?

They do sell some orderless gun lube.

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gun oils

I've used a lot of different gun oils over the years and never came across too many that have a pungent lingering aroma.  Some lubricant companies may market their stuff as not spooking game, but I've never thought gun oil to be the problem when it comes to spooked game.  The human hunter does a fine job alone of spooking game.  I think Hoppes No.9 Nitro solvent is pretty pungent when fresh, but that's the solvent, not the oil.  Shooters/hunter have been using Hoppes No.9 for decades and still bag game, so it must not affect the animals much if any. Ezox is one obscure maker that makes this rediculous claim that their stuff doesnt spook game like other lubes can.  I think it's all crazy talk if you ask me. Personally I don't like Ezox all that much.  I prefere either RemOil or FP-10 (in that order) for gun oil.

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