Grease or Oil?


November 10, 2008, 12:01 AM
I was watching this: and was wondering if I should use oil too. Is grease really the answer? Then why have I been using remington oil? I over oiled my ruger 10/22, and the oil started leaking out of the trigger, and the back of the stock. Are there any brands of oil I should be using? Or any good brands of grease? I'm wondering what's best to clean my .22, 12gauge, and Glock32 with. I understand that the oil goes in the barrel, but where else? Most moving parts that are exposed can be greased, but what about in the bore? I need some tips on oiling, and using solvent. I usually put solvent down the barrel with patches, let it dry, wipe it out, then oil it. In my shotgun, I put solvent in the receiver, wipe it out, and then oil it and the pump part. Need surefire strategies though. (also confused where to use my metal brushes. I have a universal cleaning kit, with remington oil, and hoppe's no. 9)

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November 10, 2008, 06:43 AM
I personally just like to use Break Free CLP for cleaning. Hoppe's 9 Solvent for the bore. Also, I use Hoppe's 9 Bench Rest for the copper some of my rifles collect.

For lubrication, I'll usually use Hoppe's 9 Lube. Seems to work really well.

November 10, 2008, 06:56 AM
i use both. grease on the rails (autos) and oil on other parts (very sparingly).

i like Tetra gun grease and breakfree clp for the oil. Rem oil is very good also.

November 10, 2008, 07:55 AM
If you've got oil leaking out, then you're using too much.

The barrel should be dry - no oil at all. Unless you are storing the gun long-term.

November 10, 2008, 09:25 AM
I've read ( probably here) that Rem oil has mineral spirits in it ( same as WD40) which is why it's pretty good for cleaning, but not the best lubricant. I sometimes still use CLP if it's nearby and still have an old tin of LSA, but lately I've been using the highly popular Mobil 1 synthetic. I have been using grease on the bolt of a new CZ 452 .22.

Ben Shepherd
November 10, 2008, 09:29 AM
I like the tetra-gun line of cleaners and lubes. Rem oil is not a very good product in my book. As a general rule of thumb- If it slides, grease it. If it rotates, oil it.

Read through this as well-

November 10, 2008, 10:11 PM
As a general rule grease is recommended on large metal mating surfaces that contact each other, whereas oil is used on smaller more intricate mating surfaces where the application of the thicker grease would be harder to apply and which would also interfere with the components' proper operation in some designs.

November 10, 2008, 10:18 PM
On 1022's a dry lube on the bolt/receiver. CorrosionX or Break free CLP for cleaning and residual lube. ...and less is more!


November 10, 2008, 10:33 PM
rem oil has teflon in it. the mineral spirits are used as a delivery medium of that teflon. it is designed to evaporate and leave the teflon behind. i like using it on parkerized autos between the barrel and bushing. i use graphite impregnated tetra grease for my slides, trigger channel, sear and disconector.

as to the op's reference to his .22 and oiling the barrel, oiling the barrel is the last step in cleaning. the lands on most .22 rimfires are very shallow and dont stand up well to brushing. most wear to .22 barrels come from cleaning using a brush. i'd recomend using a foaming bore cleaner to disolve any fouling. once the bore is clean of copper, lead and powder fouling, pull several oiled patches through the barrel till it comes out clean. then make several passes with dry patches till they come out dry. this leaves just enough oil to prevent rust between firings, but wont collect and run.

November 11, 2008, 03:06 AM
I've never read a gun manual that instructs to grease anything. I'm always reading stuff such as, " Two drops of oil on each rail...."

Dr. Peter Venkman
November 11, 2008, 03:45 AM
+1 on Tetra gun grease. That stuff WORKS.

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