Camo cloth Tape has it naysayers, most of which have never used it. I started using camo tape in the ’80s when all bows came with high-gloss wood or painted finishes. A few years ago, I used a roll on a test gun that had seen better days. Once a year, I pull it out to remove the old tape, check the status and apply a new roll. So far, the tape has not caused it to rust or pit, but let’s look at a few criticisms.
T/F “If you use a cloth type tape and live in a very humid area you should remove it often. It absorbs moisture and can cause a rust problem.” This is a possibility, although I have not experienced it. Whether I am out for a day in the rain or humidity or dry and dusty heat, I care for my gun regularly. In fact, the person who breaks into my home has zero chance of infection my guns are so clean; lead poisoning on the other hand will likely be their undoing.
I use a light coat of oil or protectant before applying the tape. One roll is more than sufficient to camo a gun and costs less than four dollars. If you worried about it, check a small section every few days and replace when necessary.
T/F “Heat from several shots or direct sunlight will cause the adhesive to gum up and create a cleaning nightmare.” Again, this sounds reasonable, but I have never experienced it. However, on a hunt where a stock cracked, I did get a significant amount of residue from the duct tape Band-Aid used to hold it together. Cleaning the residue started off a nightmare, but with a little bore cleaner; it came off in less than two minutes. I do not see why camo tape—with less adhesive—would be any worse.
The barrel is most likely to spook game or give away your position. For wary game such as turkey and waterfowl, camo is a must. On a flat black gun with a nonreflective stock, you might get away with it, but for $4 is it really worth the risk?