do you use grease instead of something like break free?


August 8, 2008, 10:20 PM

im a little confussed cause i once use "gun grease" on a semi auto and it gummed up pretty bad. i do agree that grease would stay in the gun better than oil.

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August 8, 2008, 10:45 PM
Yep...sliding surfaces get grease, oil everywhere else. Tiny amounts of each, naturally...

August 8, 2008, 10:48 PM
Grease what needs grease, oil what needs oil.

RTFM, campers...

August 8, 2008, 11:30 PM
"...gummed up pretty bad..." The temperature and other climatic conditions(like sand/dust) matter for grease. Cold will cause grease to stop working. Literally freeze the action. Mind you, there are cold weather greases available now.
A lube doesn't have to have the word 'gun' in its name to work well. Usually better if it doesn't. Grease is grease. Lithium greases work well and can be had, in large packages(enough to last for eons), in any auto supply shop. Generally speaking, if any product says 'gun' on it, it'll cost more too.
In extreme cold or dusty conditions, shoot a semi-auto bone dry(No oil. No grease.) or use powdered graphite in place of the grease. Both oil and grease will gum up in dusty conditions. Powdered graphite won't. Any hardware or automotive supply place will have it.

August 9, 2008, 12:58 AM
why not use powdered graphite all the time?

August 9, 2008, 01:07 AM
If I'm not mistaken graphite and aluminium don't do so well together, so there goes ARs and AL frame pistols. Also I wouldn't think there's much corrossion protection with graphite.

I've always used Breakfree CLP and never had an issue with any gun.

maestro pistolero
August 9, 2008, 03:41 AM
I always used break free but got tired of having to re-apply every week or so. Went to Tetra gun lube and now I can go a month or two unless I shoot.
i went to an art store and bought a small paint brush (1/16 wide) so I could apply just the right amount, right where it needs to be. Now I can use less lube and get better coverage without any oil seeping out of the gun over time.

August 9, 2008, 07:37 AM
Depends on the gun. I use Hoppes gun grease on my Ruger P-series guns and my XD45...just seems to make the guns feel 'slicker' when racking the slide, and it also doesn't run off like oils do. However I do use BreakFree on my Hi-power and revolvers due to their tighter tolerances.

fearless leader
August 9, 2008, 07:57 AM
I found some silicone gease called "WGL". which I used on my Gold Cup. It worked beautifully. I can't seem to find it anymore.
I have also used moly based grease on some guns with good results. It is a little messy, but once it fuses to the metal's pores, you get a slick action you only need to oil occasionally.

August 9, 2008, 02:21 PM
Break Free is a decent product for certain applications but users must remember that it's simply PTFE (Teflon) beads in a light lubricant.

It just won't be enough to lubricate, say, an M-1 Garand's oprod/bolt interface.

Lubrication requirements are peculiar to the particular firearm. You'll just have to reference any available tech data and make your best guess. I've found a line of lubricants from an of-the-wall, synthetic lube company serve my needs well but your environment might be more dusty, wet or whatever.

Ask your neighbors what they use, to start, and experiment as you need!

August 9, 2008, 06:03 PM
I tend to use grease on the slide rails during summer and Break-Free or Tetra liquid in what passes for not summer around here.

The text book lubrication answer is "if it slides grease it, if it rotates oil it" but the manufacturer's recommendations are your best bet if you take the time to RTFM. For example you really need to keep grease/oil out of the striker channel on a Kahr.


August 9, 2008, 06:04 PM
I spoke to Springfield Armory's Custom Shop about a couple of my 1911s and they said they do NOT recommend grease for 1911s or the XD. A good quality oil is all that is necessary.

August 9, 2008, 07:55 PM
grease for me. that is what i use.

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