WD-40 and firearms

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    WD-40 and firearms

    I read an article a while back concerning the use of WD-40 and similar products on firearms. It seems WD being a penetrating lubricant has the ablilty to migrate into the ammo rendering the primer inert. I used to spray down my piece after carrying in the rain or just because I figured it needed it but don't use that stuff on my guns anymore.
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    I don't use it , not for ammo tainting , but because it collects dirt and gets gummy.
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    I use it but not on moving parts but spray it on a rag and wipe down my guns. I started this when I was living in a swamp in South Alabama and everything was rusting. It was so damp that when I steamed cleaned the carpet I would suck up more water than I put down.

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    Don't use it. That is what they make gun oil for. And as said before it is bad about collecting dirt and dust...
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    ''WD'' - ''Water displacement'' - its intended function. It is not a lubricant and when the volatile content disperses you are left with a less than desirable residue - which will certainly do no good to the internals.

    It does work as a good solvent for getting rid of Cosmo on surplus guns - and then needs rinsed out and real lube used. It has many uses but best kept away from guns.
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    Anyone ever use (rig). Have used it for years in Florida on outside of gun and have never seen any rust.

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    Anyone ever use (rig).
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    Indeed RIG (Rust Inhibiting Grease) has been with me and my guns longer than I can remember! Very effective for external wipe down protection. CLP also does well but lasts less easily if handled. Boeshield is another fairly good external product which leaves a protective film - bit like a wax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    ''WD'' - ''Water displacement'' - its intended function. It is not a lubricant and when the volatile content disperses you are left with a less than desirable residue - which will certainly do no good to the internals.

    It does work as a good solvent for getting rid of Cosmo on surplus guns - and then needs rinsed out and real lube used. It has many uses but best kept away from guns.
    wd 40 and a brass brush will get lead out of a shotgun barrel;
    but, do not get it in the works as others have said.

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    only use if gun is dropped into water and won't be cleaned for a week(never!).
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    Good reading on how to clean out rifles after using corrosive ammo... author uses water or Windex w/ ammonia, then WD-40 (to protect for the ride home), then thorough cleaning as usual with gun solvents and oils.
    http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/edu13.htm

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