What type grease for M1A


February 13, 2008, 05:13 PM
I'm just curious to know what typer/brand of grease you use with your M1A?

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February 13, 2008, 05:21 PM
I've been working on a container of Plastilube for about 5 years now. I got it from Scott Duff when I bought some other items from there.

I've also used Militech's grease with no problems.

February 13, 2008, 05:49 PM
I use lubriplate.

February 13, 2008, 06:03 PM
I use full synthetic chassis grease on my M1s. So far, so good.


February 13, 2008, 06:12 PM
I use Tetra for the action.

For the bore I made a nice boresnake by taking an old bootlace, folding back one end, and sewing it to itself. Then I use old diesel fuel I siphon off from wherever I can get it to clean it out.

Okay, I am just kidding about that second part. But the Tetra grease is good stuff.:D

February 13, 2008, 06:31 PM
+1 for Tetra

-1 for Andrewsky's bore snake

dagger dog
February 13, 2008, 07:08 PM

February 13, 2008, 07:39 PM
I use whichever is closest at hand.

February 13, 2008, 08:10 PM
In the past, if you wanted to get the facts on what the Military used, you could go to the following site, and pull up the specifications listed below. http://assist.daps.dla.mil/online/start/, go to “Quick search” For whatever reasons, the Bush Administration have removed these specifications. :confused:

:scrutiny: I suspect it is because of "Security" concerns :scrutiny:

If you read in the book “M1 Garand to M14 Rifle”, you will find that the military had a problem with the Garand seizing in wet weather. So the military purchased commercial greases, conducted a rain test on them, and found that Lubriplate 130 was the most acceptable commercial grease. I think animal fat was actually the best of them all! Then they wrote a performance specification around the material properties of Lubriplate 130. Anyone who could make a grease that passed the tests outlined in Mil-G-46003 was able to sell it as Rifle Grease to the Military.

Military Rifle Grease is basically a NLGI 3, water resistant, bearing grease. I do not see any reason why a good grade of Marine Wheel Bearing grease would not work equally as well.

Rifle grease is meant for a hot wet environment. And is not meant to be used in temperatures less than 32 F.

I really like LSA as an all weather overall lubricant. VV-L-800 also is a good lubricating oil for rifles if you read the specification.

As for commercial oils, I have used synthetic Mobil 1 5W-30 Motor oil for decades as a lubricant. Just rub it in on an oily patch.

I think the easiest advice to follow, that I was given as a novice, for M1/M14’s was to use LSA in the winter and rifle grease in the summer. But as long as you use an oil in the winter, and a grease in the summer, your Garand will not have any lubrication problems.

The lubrication requirements of rifles is not that mysterious or complicated, and you will find many industrial or automotive greases and oils that will work. But most importantly, keep it lubricated!. Your rifle is a mechanical piece of machinery and needs to be kept clean and lubricated!

MIL-G-46003, Grease Rifle

VV-L-800 General purpose lubricating oil

Mil L 46000 Lubricant, semi-fluid (Automatic Weapons) LSA.

February 13, 2008, 10:31 PM
+1 for Tetra

-1 for Andrewsky's bore snake

Ask me how I made my M14 handguard a National Match handguard.

February 13, 2008, 10:42 PM
-10 for Andrewsky's handguard NMing process. That is, unless you like cracks...

General Geoff
February 13, 2008, 11:08 PM

February 14, 2008, 12:26 AM
Just about any grease you can find that will stay in place and not run off when the rifle gets hot. M1As aren't that picky about what you use. You could probably almost get by with using your wife's Crisco grease out of the kitchen cabinet. :neener: Well maybe not...... :D

February 14, 2008, 12:29 AM
Militec-1... Miracle grease. Slick enough to lubricate - tacky enough to stay put. Don't leave home without it...

February 14, 2008, 01:07 AM

February 14, 2008, 02:05 AM
I use a generic moly grease from Wal-mart. Seems to work great...

February 14, 2008, 02:22 AM
No one uses CLP?

February 14, 2008, 02:43 AM
Someone use hand lotion and then give us a range report. :evil:

I keep CLP on hand to use in really cold weather. That's what the Mk14 Mod 0 manual says to use in cold weather.

But Tetra has worked perfectly for me in temperatures from 25 to 110 degrees fahrenheit. I've never had a failure with my M1A.

February 14, 2008, 08:40 AM
No one uses CLP?
The moving parts on a M1A require grease, basically you grease the bolt, op-rod and spring. Gas piston is dry. I clp the outside surfaces just because. All the above greases have been used with success.

AZ Jeff
February 14, 2008, 12:57 PM
No one uses CLP?As others have mentioned, the M1 type action (which includes the M14, M1A, M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, and the Ruger Mini-14 series) should ALWAYS use GREASE to lubricate the action, EXCEPT in cold climates.

CLP, while a fine lubricant, is NOT suitable for use on the M1 action in temperate climatic conditions.

February 14, 2008, 04:58 PM
The M1A has a splashy action. I have an Aimpoint mounted on an Ultimak and I actually get a little grease on the rear lense.

AZ Jeff
February 14, 2008, 05:14 PM
The M1A has a splashy action. I have an Aimpoint mounted on an Ultimak and I actually get a little grease on the rear lense.

All of that series can be splashy after first being relubed. When I do a regrease of the actions on my M1's, they always throw a bit of grease on my glasses lens in the first few shots.

February 14, 2008, 09:11 PM
+1 on Tetra grease for the M1

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