Grease for Garands?


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Remander
September 29, 2006, 11:40 PM
Just got my first Garand. The CMP manual says to use grease (not oil) on certain parts.

Any suggestions on what kind of grease? Will regular old bearing "grease gun" grease do, or is there a gun-specific grease that I should look for?

Thanks

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ocabj
September 29, 2006, 11:46 PM
If you want to order it, get the milspec Lubriplate from Brownells. Otherwise, just get wheel bearing grease from your local auto parts store.

Remander
September 29, 2006, 11:57 PM
Thanks. I'll likely go the el cheapo route unless someone talks me out of it.

Thanks again

dfariswheel
September 30, 2006, 12:34 AM
Truth be told, about any good grade, heat and water resistant grease will do.

Lubriplate is a lithium grease.

.45&TKD
September 30, 2006, 01:49 AM
How about Militec Grease?

Dr. Dickie
September 30, 2006, 05:23 AM
+1 on the Mil-tec grease.
I am a former auto mechanic (haven't been one since 1976), and I have found the Mil-tec grease to be of exceptial quality.
I have not tried a lot of other wheel bearing greases lately (so there certainly may be other high quailty stuff out there), but I can say the Mil-tec is top notch.

Dave Markowitz
September 30, 2006, 08:36 AM
Another good grease is Shooter's Choice. I like how it comes in a syringe which make application easier and neater.

gaweidert
September 30, 2006, 09:04 AM
I have uses a lot of different greases. Currently I am using a moly grease that came from an auto parts store. All teh stuff mentioned above is good too.

Jmurman
September 30, 2006, 09:19 AM
When I got my SA Service Grade 3 years ago I started with Castrol wheel bearing grease.

One thing I can say is that if you do any sustained fire i.e 50-60 rounds over a short period of time those types of grease will melt with the heat.

I use Lubriplate now.

ATAShooter
September 30, 2006, 09:30 AM
Plastilube. Do a Google on Scott Duff, he sell it. OR 3.00 on ebay will get you 10 orig grease pots with it, or some surplus places have a case w/ 144 pots for about8 to 10 dollars.

Devonai
September 30, 2006, 12:23 PM
I have never had a problem with Sta-Lube lithium wheel bearing grease and $5 got me more than a lifetime supply at an auto parts store.

Jmurman mentioned his brand liquefying and, FWIW, that's never happened to me even after as much as 104 rounds in one sitting. Perhaps not all generic lithium grease is created equal.

Jmurman
September 30, 2006, 12:30 PM
Devonai, I said that the Castrol was what liquefied, not the lithium based Lubriplate.

Devonai
September 30, 2006, 01:19 PM
Sorry, I didn't appreciate the difference. Thanks for clarifying.

Wes Janson
September 30, 2006, 02:40 PM
Am I the only one who gets grease splatters on their glasses from the first few shots, firing a Garand?

Nicky Santoro
September 30, 2006, 03:43 PM
I've been well pleased with Tetra grease. I use it on the Garands, M1 carbine, and Mini-14. In FM 23-5 there is a good drawing of where to apply the grease.
FWIW
YMMV

P99guy
October 1, 2006, 01:10 AM
Wes, your not the only one...My M1 spatters greese on ye ole glasses quite well when fired.

Remander
October 1, 2006, 01:13 AM
Another reason for me to get Lasik. Thanks

Wes Janson
October 1, 2006, 03:23 AM
You'd rather have grease in your eye? ;)

Onmilo
October 1, 2006, 09:35 AM
I use Tetra Gun Grease mixed with a little M-Pro 7 CLP oil on my semi automatics.
Tetra is an excellent lubricant and the CLP adds a rust preventative which the Tetra does not do.

I don't care for Mil-Tech grease the stuff just stinks too bad in my opinion.

If you are getting grease on your glasses you are way overlubricating, even with lubriplate.
A thin, thin film is all that is neccessary.

That is one of the things I like about Tetra/M-Pro7CLP mix, it takes a very small amount of lubricant to obtain satisfactory results and it last a very long time.

Jeff F
October 1, 2006, 09:53 AM
Get a tube of the Slick 50 grease and don't look back. IMO the best grease out there.

Swampy
October 1, 2006, 10:05 AM
If you are getting grease on your glasses you are way overlubricating, even with lubriplate.
A thin, thin film is all that is neccessary.

Ditto....


Swampy

Garands forever

BoySetsTheFire
October 1, 2006, 10:53 AM
Lubriplate comes in many flavors. Brownells sells the MIL SPEC 130, specifically formulated for the M1 garand.

MechAg94
October 1, 2006, 12:54 PM
I have just used Hoppes gun grease. It seems to work well.

One thing to remember is that you don't need very much. Find a guy at a good sized gun show that sells those little grease pots for the M1. Each little grease pot has the amount of grease you are supposed to use. It ain't very much. I found an old guy at a Pasadena gun show selling lots of US mil-surp parts and accessories. I think they were 12 cents each or something. I haven't had a chance to use the grease that comes in them yet though.

I thought I would mentioned that since I haven't had grease fly into my eye. Maybe you are using too much?

Swampy
October 1, 2006, 12:59 PM
One thing to remember is that you don't need very much. Find a guy at a good sized gun show that sells those little grease pots for the M1. Each little grease pot has the amount of grease you are supposed to use.

Actually, each of those little grease pots that fits in the buttstock has enough grease to completely lube your M1 AT LEAST a half dozen to a dozen times. All you need an any one location on the rifle is a THIN FILM of grease. If you can see a gob of grease in any one location, you have used about 5 times too much.

Just my thoughts,
Swampy

Garands forever

Remander
October 1, 2006, 03:06 PM
I found this on the CMP site: http://www.civilianmarksmanship.com/accessoryhtml/accgreasepots.html

These yellow topped thumbnail sized capsules have a screw on lid and contain a thick grease that looks like earwax. This grease is known as Plastilube and it is resistant to heat and water. Plastilube in more traditional packaging is available commercially in larger quantities.

We have also heard that some people have found similar pots with another good M1 grease called Lubriplate in them.

The nice thing about these little 'pots' is that a couple of them can be popped into the buttstock of the M1 Garand Rifle for use in the field. Each pot contains just about enough grease to lube your M1 after a good cleaning.

Here is a pic:
http://www.civilianmarksmanship.com/accessoryphotos/accgreasepots2.jpg

Swampy
October 1, 2006, 03:43 PM
Each pot contains just about enough grease to lube your M1 after a good cleaning.

Sorry, dude.... but if you are putting that much grease into an M1 you have it overlubed by at least a factor of five. One of those plactic pots has enough grease to lube an M1 at least 6 or a dozen times.

Just my thoughts,
Swampy

Garands forever

byf43
October 1, 2006, 04:07 PM
Sorry, dude.... but if you are putting that much grease into an M1 you have it overlubed by at least a factor of five. One of those plactic pots has enough grease to lube an M1 at least 6 or a dozen times.



Agreed.

Kleenbore TW-25B is good for the M1 Garand and the M14 / M1-A, also.

I need to check out the Militec Grease. Their storefront is about two miles from me.
(GREAT people to deal with!)

Wes Janson
October 1, 2006, 07:59 PM
What is the result of over-lubing? Failure to feeds?

Swampy
October 1, 2006, 08:13 PM
What is the result of over-lubing?

Grease splatter in your face, eyes, glasses.....
Just that much more of an attractant to dust, grit & grundge.....

If you clean & lube regularly you only need a THIN FILM of grease on the moving parts of an M1.

Best to all,
Swampy

Garands forever

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