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    Lubrication

    What are the opinions or suggestions for the best lubricants for semi-auto guns? Such as slide lubrication.

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    I clean/lubricate my pistols with Breakfree CLP, and follow up with grease on the slide rails.

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    Opinions will always vary and much depends on what folks individually like and rate.

    I learned a while ago that my SIG 226 does NOT like grease on the rails! Tetra Grease, Militech Grease - just acted like a crud magnet and the drag that occurred was amazing! Enough to make std pressure ammo malfunction due to a compromized slide excursion.

    I now use Militec1, Mobil1 or CLP - the main thing is, to clean and lube that bit more often IMO - without over cleaning. Just a wipe down of slide rails and re-lube sparingly is good.

    Overall with lube IMO - less is more and it should be a minimalist excercize. That so in particular with internals - revo especially.

    Modern lubes are so good overall that I doubt any one ''has it'' for absolute best. I will add tho - never ever use WD40 as a lube - it ain't. It is a water displacer and when volatile content has evaporated a gummy crud can be left as a residue.

    Some lubes with additives - teflon for example are well thought of by some and certainly if running steel slide on aluminum frame - regular lube maintenance is essential.
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    I use the stuff from Wilson Combat, seems to work well. What P95 said is true, I think -- less is more and don't use WD-40. The yellow gunk it leaves is hard to get off (so I've heard, of course...... ).

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    I use Wilson Ultima-Lube grease on the rails, disconnector and barrel lugs of my 1911's. The oil everywhere else applicable.

    Don't over-lube and be sure to wipe away the excess.
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    I use TW-25B. The stuff is used on high-speed military armament mounts and on the internals of high-speed automatic weapons. It doesn't degrade much with heat, doesn't go thick in the cold, and a very little goes a long way. It is also what SigArms included with my P226ST. It makes a very slick surface, but does not attract debris, and doesn't gunk up. The oil made from the same product is excellent for internals.
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    Follow manufacturer's recommendations...

    My KT's need a good lithium grease on the rails, my Browning .22 starts jamming if I put grease on it, a few drops of good gun oil is all it needs. 10/22, I rarely do more than a squirt of solvent, and run a bore snake through it. Revolvers, I just run a slightly oily patch through it after cleaning, and put a single drop into the action. Still learning how much lube the AR15 likes.

    Over lubrication just causes more grime.
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    Thumbs up Fp-10

    FP-10 (Fire Power 10) has an entire clean & lube system out now.
    FP-10 is used by:
    Navy SEALs, Smith&Wesson, Wesson Arms Mfg, Caspian Arms, The FBI,
    Barrett Firearms Mfg., Olympic/Safari Arms, Sierra Bullets,
    Ed Brown, Jim Clark, Jim Garthwaite, Waldo Lydecker(Dean Spier),
    Neal Fortin, Accurate Plating & Weaponry, AMT, Bar-Sto,
    Birdsong Associates, Coonan Arms, Firearms Training Consultants,
    Kim Ahrends, Kit Ravenshear, Kings Gunworks, U.S. Army National Guard, 82nd Airborne Rangers, Guncraft Sports, Champion Firearms...and more.



    Disotec XFR by Blue Wonder is also GREAT STUFF for firearm internals.
    It's a bit expensive BUT, a little bit goes a LONG way.

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    Do a search you will probley come up with more info than you want

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    Been using FP-10 since '88.
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    I have used CLP for more years than care-
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    It work's for me, here in S.FL.there is some pretty adverse
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    Hope that helps.

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    I don't know if you'd want to wade thru 20 pages of posts, but there is some very good info concerning FP-10 by it's inventor here; http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=22515
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    I, like many others, have discovered that less is better. Just enough of whatever good stuff you like to put a thin film on it and you should be good to go.

    And, like cmidkiff said, each gun can be different. If it doesn't work right for you, try something of a different viscosity.
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