Lubrication for AR-15 Explained

Lubrication for AR-15 Explained

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    Lubrication for AR-15 Explained

    Good Article on lubes for AR's

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    Thanks for the post.

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    That's one of the better and more comprehensive comparisons that I've seen. Thanks for posting, Rob99.

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    As an aside, I can't believe that people actually have used butter to lubricate their firearms. Amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cn262 View Post
    As an aside, I can't believe that people actually have used butter to lubricate their firearms. Amazing.
    I was really upset that yogurt isn't a recommended lube. I'm gonna have to change the way I do things.
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    It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.

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    Great post!
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    I've used Crisco and Lard but only on a .36 Navy cap and ball.

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    Good Post!!
    I've been cleaning mine since 'Nam.
    One thing that is important is a very good Powder Solvent for minimizing your need for your Carbon-Scraper (always hated doing that).

    I like the synthetic motor oil, 20w in hypodermic syringes with an 18 ga needle (filed dull). The Frog Lube has worked well for me.

    For storage, I like the Birchwood-Casey "Gun Sheath" spray mist, then wipe excess off. Also, the WD-40 is an ideal storage coating (silicone) and is good to have a rag damp with it.... the 'WD' stands for Water Displacement.
    I like to fire my new M16/Ar15s with very light lube for the initial break-ins. Also, always thoroughly clean any firearm before firing it, some are packed in axle Grease.

    Never use Grease or Paste for lubes as they just collect powder residue when fired & cause problems.
    My Colts seem to prefer being lubed on the drier side, but others seem to work better quite 'wet'.

    Also, I only use Pmags with 'dust covers' (to protect the feed lips) as I like to keep 20-30 mags loaded and the weight will allow them to be easily damaged when transporting.
    I hate trying to rebend feed-lips on metal mags (especially aluminum) after bumping my mag pouch on a tree or such.
    The Pmags are also good for color coding to tell practice ammo from the "Good Stuff".

    There are prob a dozen other ways to get great results, too.
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    One of the best lubes I've used has been Slip EWL, but FireClean is proving itself and it may become my primary lube.
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    Very good article.

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    Thank you! Saved it in my favorites
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    If you want your AR to run when it gets good and hot, use high temp bearing grease. I use autozone brand. Though I would use lucas red & tacky if I could find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    If you want your AR to run when it gets good and hot, use high temp bearing grease. I use autozone brand. Though I would use lucas red & tacky if I could find it.
    Yeah I woudn't recommend that...I've been using Fireclean for about a year now, and I'll stick to that. It has a very high smoke point and also takes all the grittiness out of your bolt. Keeps gun running great and carbon litterly wipes off.
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    Might have to make the switch to the Slip when my CLP supply runs out. Solid read, thanks for sharing.

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    Been using mobile one on my firearms for a while, it works well. Good article, thanks for the link.

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