What Lube Are You Using In Your AR?

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    What Lube Are You Using In Your AR?

    I did a brief search on lube and ARs and didn't find a specific one like this one, per-se. With that, I apologize if this might be a redundant thread. I remember a thread some time ago about lube but it was in reference to guns in general and not specifically pertaining to ARs. So....

    What lube are you using in your ARs?

    On a second note;
    Is one lube pretty much as good as another? Should I not get all caught up in the hype of using only "X" brand of AR lube? I suspect proper and regular maintenance is more important than what brand of lube I'm using but at the same time, you don't know what you don't know.

    Thanks for your help,
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    Castrol Syntech.....

    I have used that stuff since my competition days in the 90s when Benny Hill and Dave Dawson were still with STI. When they built my first racegun, I was amazed at the fact that they used that stuff to lube their guns with. The answer I got from Benny was simple - He said think of that gun as a reciprocating engine. You want whatever oil you use to say in place and lubricate, not run out of the gun and be useless after a hundred rounds........

    So a quart of that stuff lasts me about 3 years nowadays......And I use it on all of them, ARs shotguns and handguns.....
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    I've used several, right now I'm using Slip 2000. I think I'll be staying there but wouldn't hesitate to use a good motor oil. If you think about your guns conditions and the motors conditions it makes sense.

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    Anything commercially available. I wouldn't mind using engine oil, but the gun oil I get comes in a little squirt bottle type thing. It's Hoppe's Elite. It's cheap and easy to find. I'm not to picky. Same with my Car(s). For my Malibu, it get whatever I put in it. My Evo, I usually get Mobile 1, but any name brand synthetic would do. I'm not nor have I ever been a die-hard fan of any certain oil.

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    As a victim (excuse me, I mean veteran) of three of Pat Rogers' EAG Tactical courses, I favor Slip 2000 for the AR, as he does. The AR likes to be run wet, but the specific lube is not all that important. Here's a pic of the little Irish runt showing what can also be used for lube -
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    CLP been using it on the AR/M4 plat form weapons for years it all good had no issue with the dry lubes in the dessert

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    I use light machine oil.
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    You're supposed to lube them?
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    Well, I use ATF, regular ATF.

    Has good properties of them all: boundry, migration, bonding, lubricant, and corrosion resistent.

    Also does not burn off under high round count.

    In the AR itself, here are some of the issues lubricants have to deal with:

    1: Excessive heat
    2: High strength shearing forces with lower strength compression forces
    3: High strength shearing forces with high strength compression forces
    4: High pressure gas exhausted into the system
    5: Long duration function, in which lubricant is ejected from the system, and in which the system provides progressively more difficult conditions of operation.
    6: Repeated introduction of foreign matter into the system
    7: Long term exposure to temperatures varying over a scale greater than 180 degrees Fahrenheit.


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    Militec-1. It lubes the AR, (and all my guns), and keeps them cleaner.

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