Oiling the Bore

Oiling the Bore

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    Oiling the Bore

    I learned to take down my p938 for cleaning via the manual & YouTube. I have been reading mixed opinion on lightly oiling the bore of a pistol with seeming consensus only if doing so for long-term storage. Of the people who do lightly oil the bore on a regularly used/carried gun, my understanding is it should be wiped down to prevent excess before shooting. I have never oiled the bore, and I'm wondering if I should after each cleaning or periodically to prevent rust? I've been afraid to do something wrong. Can you kindly advise? Thank you.
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    I send oil down the bore every time I clean--but I live in a very humid environment. I have found that running a couple of dry patches after with a jag is immensely effective in removing excess oil from the bore of a gun, leaving just a hint in the barrel. Just my 2 cent's worth. I'm sure others will chime in.

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    OH--and for 38-45 caliber (the ones I have) I use 12 gauge patches.
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    I use CLP for cleaning and lube. Frog lube provides similar capability. Spray it, let it sit while I clean the rest of the pistol, then go back and run patches or snake through it until clean. The CLP leave a light layer of lubricant that won't interfere with bullets down the barrel while also providing a layer of protection from humidity.
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    I like the Rem oil whipes .. I try to run one of thouse down the bore when I clean ... Its a toss up to me .. I usally try to get either CLP or Rem oil whipes down the bore ..

    I like the whipes as they are pretty dry and good for just a nice light coat ...
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    I use Rem oil in the bore because it's a thin lube. There is no need to wipe it down before shooting if a light coat is used. I have had rust in a bore from a gun sitting only 2 weeks. Believe me, you don't want rust pits in the barrel grooves. A thin coat works the same as a heavy coat.

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    I learned to take down my p938 for cleaning via the manual & YouTube. I have been reading mixed opinion on lightly oiling the bore of a pistol with seeming consensus only if doing so for long-term storage. Of the people who do lightly oil the bore on a regularly used/carried gun, my understanding is it should be wiped down to prevent excess before shooting. I have never oiled the bore, and I'm wondering if I should after each cleaning or periodically to prevent rust? I've been afraid to do something wrong. Can you kindly advise? Thank you.

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    Like wyoung I live in very thick humidity. I run an oil wipe down the bore of mine just to give it enough to help stop rust.
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    I use M-Pro 7 products for cleaning and oiling. After I clean a gun, I run an oiled patch through the bore followed by a dry patch to remove any excess oil.
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    I use Frog Lube on the entire gun, including the bore. I feel it makes cleaning easier.
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    Guns in storage get a oiled patch run through them and left that way. Guns that are in use--SD/HD/taking out to the range--get an oiled patch followed up with a clean patch to remove excess. Never had a problem even in this FL heat and humidity.
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    The old school instructions used to read: Anoint bore with oil. Remove excess.

    Simple, really. Just oil it down, run a dry patch thru it, and call it a day. Nothing to it.

    And YES, oil the bore. As well as the other exterior & interior metal parts on your weapon, with the exception of any areas that the manual tells you to not oil.

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    I have been using Mil Comm, MC 25 & TW 25 lube, because that's what's pitched by sig; however, I do have some Frog Lube. I also have some Hoope's 9 wipes, but they are very oily, IMO. I have seen CLP spray & Rem spray at wal-mart. I have been using mainly long, wooden stick type q-tips to clean, so to run an oil wipe or patch through the bore, I guess I need one of those rods? Also, the cleaning rod is only suppose to be pushed through in one direction, correct? That's why I love the q-tips. I'm afraid of damaging something with a cleaning rod. Would I be able to see any rust formation without a bore light? Thanks so much for the replies & help! It gets very humid in the summer where I am too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    The old school instructions used to read: Anoint bore with oil. Remove excess.

    Simple, really. Just oil it down, run a dry patch thru it, and call it a day. Nothing to it.

    And YES, oil the bore. As well as the other exterior & interior metal parts on your weapon, with the exception of any areas that the manual tells you to not oil.
    I have at least oiled the exterior parts and all the interior parts that I understand should be oiled (mainly the slide rails). I put a little skiff on interior parts that see impact (like the back of the hammer) of "pointy" places like where the top of the bore & slide have contact.
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    Redbirddog--I think the traditional wisdom has always discouraged shoving the junk out of a barrel and into the action. But since most pistols break down to the point where your barrel is isolated, I think it is irrevelant as to which direction (although I am sure there are purists who would cringe at the idea of damaging the crown of the muzzle with a rod or brush.) I really think that investing in a cleaning rod, bronze brush, and jag would make your job easier. When you think of what happens to that gun when you pull the trigger with a live round in the chamber, a bit of rubbing and scrubbing (with love and tenderness) is easier to put into perspective.

    Like LimaCharlie, I have discovered MPro products and their gun cleaner is a real crud buster. I usually send a wet patch full of this down the barrel, follow that with a few brush strokes, and wash the entire mess out with an oil covered patch--then a couple of dry patches to get rid of any excess. Just one guy's opinion....... It's a gun and is really not fragile.

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    I use one of the Outer's Gun Cleaning kits with the vinyl covered wire pull through systems. I always go from breech to muzzle to keep the crud out of the action and protect the crown. If you don't run a bore brush through it, lead or copper can build up to where you are exceeding the recommended pressure of the ammo.
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