Best oil for COLD weather and Semi-auto freeze-ups??


August 26, 2009, 06:11 PM
I hunt with a friend and he uses a SBE II and there have been a couple times that we have been goose hunting in layout blinds in harsh/COLD conditions and after his first shot the gun literally freezes up wont cycle in a new shell. I've heard that if you use a light coating of certain types of oils your gun wont freeze up as bad in really cold conditions. Just wondering what are the brands and types of oils that would be recommended in these types of COLD conditions??

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August 26, 2009, 06:14 PM
Mobil 1 5w30 full synthetic.

August 26, 2009, 06:27 PM
break free is a synthetic oil and works well in cold weather and makes a good basic cleaner.

August 26, 2009, 06:39 PM
Where's a good spot to get Breakfree oil??

August 26, 2009, 06:43 PM
I stole a gallon of it from the army many years ago, but I don't recall any sporting goods store that doesn't sell it. Walmart probably. (At least the Walmarts with sporting goods.)

August 26, 2009, 06:56 PM
I've switched all my firearms to only one lube, Machine Gunner's Lube, from Sprinco, USA. It's the only lube I've found that will work in all conditions, dirty, fouled, etc. Here is the link:

Go down to the bottom of the page and you'll find the description. Several other shooters I know have also switched over to this lube and all have been very happy with the results.

Hope this helps.


August 26, 2009, 07:02 PM
Benellis don't freeze up, though.:D

I like Militec, but I haven't tried it in really cold weather. Will report back. In a good while. It's August.:)

Last Winter, in the snow, I hunted with an ancient SxS. No problems whatsoever.

August 26, 2009, 07:37 PM
I have used Lucas Synthetic Gun Oil for years, last time I bought it was at Orielly's Auto Part's 4 or 5 years ago and have used it on Benelli's and Browning Auto-5's with great results in less than 20 degree freezing rain/sleet. Had icicles hanging off everything and was the only one that didn't have cycling problems.

I apply a few drops and wipe down parts as I assemble the gun leaving a fine film.

August 26, 2009, 07:47 PM
The best possible lube is NONE...Ever go shooting when it's -30F?

Wipe all the crap off your gun and shoot it, it will be fine!

Just dry it off afterwards and give it a light coating of oil on the exterior...

August 26, 2009, 09:08 PM
Rem oil. Dries off and leaves behind an almost dry film of Teflon. It will not thicken or freeze in cold weather because it is not thick enough to accumulate. Not the world's greatest lube but it's best feature is light, thin, cold weather lube IMO.

August 26, 2009, 09:10 PM
+1 on Breakfree CLP. I shot in -5 degrees last winter with no FTF or FTE in my .223 SU-16. The stuff is sold everywhere, or from Midway.

August 26, 2009, 09:15 PM
weaponshield gun oil is the best gun lube for any weather any condition.

August 26, 2009, 09:18 PM
I like breakfree the best, I only dislike that the army uses it as a three-in-one product, clean, lube, and protect. I think it's BEST at lubrication, it's ok at protecting but for cleaning it's.........slightly better than nothing.

August 26, 2009, 09:41 PM
In freezing weather, I do not oil my gun. I wipe all I can with a rag and blow the rest out with compressed air. When I get through hunting, I clean it good and oil it.

August 27, 2009, 12:45 AM
The best possible lube is NONE

I have to agree with this answer. I do this, but it's not for those cold Georgia winters. It keeps all the dust from building up into a dough-like consistency.

The last time I took out my 870 (an old beater/boat paddle in emergencies) after it had been well cleaned, after about 150 rounds on skeet it started to get tight. With a dove shoot getting started in about an hour, I took a handful of powdery dirt. Threw it in the action, and worked the action for about 5 minutes. It dried up all the gunk. And when I turned it over it fell out. The action was back to the silky smooth feel I was acustomed to. That gun hasn't seen a drop of oil since then. And it's been 4-5 years now.

I'll clean a gun. Oil it depending on what gun it is. But if it's a hunting tool, I always run it dry. Yes I may have to replace some parts after a few (or ten) thousand rounds, but I got a long time to go. It's a small price to pay for full reliability in the toughest conditions.


Carne Frio
August 27, 2009, 01:10 AM
Breakfree works, when applied sparingly at -30 that I am
sure, because that's what I used last winter. I think it is
supposed to work when it is even colder. Weaponshield
is supposed to also work when it is that cold and I will be
testing that this winter. Breakfree CLP is at every sporting
and gunstore around here and Walmart has plenty of it.
Below -50 I have heard that no lubes except graphite work.
I don't plan on shooting when it's below -30.:D

August 27, 2009, 05:17 AM
Usually the oil isn't the problem anyway, it's any moisture that gets in there. I have used RemOil and G-66 down into the minus 11 degree F range with no problems, but I don't think I plan any more sorties even that low. The guys from Alaska and North Dakota can probably give you more data. I went goose hunting in Saskatchewan once, and if I remember right it was about minus 40, but since we didn't fire a shot it wasn't much of an oil test. Hell of a boot test though.

Sir Aardvark
August 27, 2009, 11:02 PM
Direct from Remington's website...

Rem DriLube™
Teflon® base provides a tough, non-congealing film without the residue of dry graphite lubes. Keeps firearms functioning dependably to -40°F. Available in an easy-to-use 4-oz. aerosol can.

August 28, 2009, 11:32 AM
I was gonna say Rem DriLube™.

But Sir Aardvark beat me too it.

It beats any oil made in cold weather, because it isn't an oil.


August 28, 2009, 02:16 PM
I have used either Breakfree CLP (which most of my guns get) or RemOil on my shotgun. I hunt in sometimes very chilly South Dakota winter and no lube seems to be the best. When I get home I wipe it down with CLP inside and out. Or spray RemOil works well enough but doesn't last as long. So if it'll be a couple of weeks - CLP. Going again next weekend - RemOil.

August 28, 2009, 07:50 PM
when i lived in AK, about 14yrs, i had experienced some oil viscosity problems in semi auto rifles. after some checking into the early '90's firearms lubricants i tried putting on an even spray of catterpillar dry film moly lube. no fucntion problems after that, down to -30, even thrown from a hot car into a snowbank for 10 minutes before use. i had come up with a PERFECT answer, i thought....

eventually i found that after extended shooting, some of the moly would end up in the chamber. this vastly accelerates bolt recoil speeds, and can end up damaging a firearm or its user, if used enough. luckily, i caught on before that happened to mine/me.

DON'T BECOME A STATISTIC...check mfgrs recomendations before using dry film lubes.


August 29, 2009, 04:13 PM
Just about anything will work if you wipe as much off as you can. Use a microfiber or something and wipe until it looks dry. You'll want to do it a day or two before hunting. That little of lube doesn't last long.

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