Okay a question to all those assembled: Which do you prefer: OIL or GREASE as a firearms (get yer minds outta the gutter!) lubricant and where on your carry pistols do you use lube and how often do you add or re-lubricate?
Certainly Mobil 1 is right up there as an oil lube - and only needs used sparingly.
For rails etc - I think the key word is ''persistance'' - and that means a grease - oil is too easily displaced. There are many to choose from and I have used RIG many times over the years. Some newer lithium greases seem Ok and Superlube is a grease recommended by Rohrbaugh for R9. Gun Slick I believe is another. I also have some ''Tetra'' gun grease but that is not recommended for other than metal-metal surfaces - ie, not to use on polymer.
Apart from the persistance angle, I think now the addition of things like moly, teflon etc - increase the time between lubes because they leave microscopic but still lubricational elements even when grease itself seems to have been displaced or disappeared.
I use Mobil 1 now for all the moving mechanicals, had been using Shooter's Choice FP-10....for the slide, it's Enos Brian's Slide Glide. Seems to do the trick. I apply with a glue brush...just a little dabbledoya! :tongue:
For 1911's depending on the outside temps, I either use Wilsons combination oil/grease Ultra Lube throughout the entire gun, or Wilsons Ultra Lube grease on the slide rails, & barrel locking lugs, then Wilsons Ultra Lube oil on all other parts.
When plinking or shooting IDPA, I add a couple drops to the rails, lugs, and barrel hood every 50 rounds or so.
When disassembled for detailed cleaning, I like to spray BreakFree on everything, blow dry, then reassemble with Wilson's as above.
-Type of Firearm , Revolver or Semi.
-Firearm's preference. Is this a "tight" finicky design, or a Gov't Model 45 that is "loose" and runs no matter what exposed to.
-Environment. I am in the heat and humidity of the South.
-Availabilty. Do I use what is handy locally, whatever came in the last shooter's kit, do I have to order if via the 'Net, what if I am out of town and have a need , is whatever avail compatable with what I normally use?
I lean toward toward "Inspect, & Maintain" versus Holy Grails.
I have used ATF (automatic transmission fluid ) RIG /RIG+P forever. I get caught in the middle of nowhere, I can pull a dipstick and lube. I can find ATF in a parts store, Shoot and Get convience store, even a Filling station. Lithium Grease is another good one.
My Keltec P-11 is lubed with regular old ATF only ( no grease) The external ( slide) a coating of Carnuba Car wax. It will run 500 rds before I need to lube it. ATF keeps rust away,stays put. Never had a rust problem using the wax on external.
1911 is lubed with Havoline Full synthetic 10w-30 oil. I split a $3.50 quart with another person. Again no grease on this gun.
I use the RIG+P if I am going to do a LOT of shooting, like 1Krds in day. I use it on Steel / Al differences of slide and frames on some firearms.
Revolvers - no grease.
One Model 10 I kept hidden in a business lubed for 10 years...Still fine after I figured after 8 years I probably needed to check it.
It was up under the vanity in the shop's bathroom, how often do YOU look up in your business bathroom vanity? :biggrin: Had to move the durn thing when I had a faucet handle go beserk and a pipe broke. Oh I took itout with that old ammo, all 6 rds went bang. :tongue:
Yeah Yeah I gave it good going over, new ammo, new Carnuba waxed it, and stuck it back up there...2 years later I left that place and took it and the other 5 model 10 I had scattered about the place in various hiding places.
That old silk plant/ tree ( whatever it was) where one was kept hidden I didn't keep tho' . :wink:
Ned Christainsen uses Golden Spectro 50/50 reg/ motorcycle oil that he uses in his bike. Like Ned I tend to figure it don't much to lube most stuff, most stuff is re-packed stuff anyway with more $ tacked on , and the type of dispenser makes a bigger difference. If I want one drop right there - I don't want a blob everywhere.
In fact it says under ''Directions'' - ''For use on metal surfaces only'' - so my mention of polymer was in truth my badly remembered interpretation... just the case of what I had in mind!
I have not decided whether it is actually harmful to polymer - maybe just that as it is a ''pore filler'' type lube - in other words, even when it seems gone there is still a fine layer of protection - then perhaps polymer cannot take this up in the same way and so longevity of lube is decreased.
Frankly - I'd not worry too much really .... but if I lube my P series auto's I do tend to use good ol' RIG on them. Most all my other auto's are metal - oh except the SW99, near forgot that.
I have been using Militec 1 for the past 6 months or so with great results.
If you are active duty, they will send you some for free! :biggrin:
I e-mailed them and asked for my free "sample", and they sent me 20 oz of the stuff!! :biggrin:
Should last me the rest of my life.
I use Wilsons white grease on the rails, thin coat and oil on other parts. I do spray om Rem-oil and wipe it off to make sure I have got everything covered. My solution works for me but seems guys use a broad selection of other stuff that works to. :smile:
When shooters say we use Mobil 1, is that a plain oil with no additives or is it synthetic oil???
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