where to lubricate bolt action and what lube?


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nico
January 9, 2004, 02:50 AM
I got a Ruger M77 Mark II for christmas. It's my first bolt action rifle, so I'm not real familiar with how to maintain it. Which parts of the action need to be lubricated besides parts that the bolt slides against? I bought a boresnake to clean the gun with (I have one for my shotgun that works great); will that be good enough for cleaning or do I need something else? Also, I've seen a few people mention using dry lubricants. Would one of these be a good idea and if so which brand is the best? Where should I use a dry lubricant instead of oil? thanks

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ojibweindian
January 9, 2004, 08:12 AM
I use a little bit of 3-in-1 oil where the bolt comes into contact with the slide rails.

A bore snake is perfect for cleaning a barrel.

Win75
January 9, 2004, 08:56 AM
I use Tetra Gun grease on the lug contact surfaces of all my bolt guns. I makes the bolt work easier and reduces wear. You have to keep the surfaces clean too.

David.

Clemson
January 9, 2004, 09:00 AM
A Bore Snake works very well for clean up after a range trip or a hunting trip. Occasionally, though, you may have need for a good scrubbing with a bronze brush. Nothing beats a good cleaning rod for that. Check this link for some really good ones: www.deweyrods.com/

Clemson

NEtracker
January 9, 2004, 12:31 PM
Grease your bolt lugs sparingly, and a very light film of oil or CLP on the other parts of the bolt. Keep oil off the bolt face, just keep that part clean.
Wipe down the other metal parts, as you would with your shotgun.
I like the Otis kits for cleaning from the breech; this eliminates muzzle ding from cleaning rods. The Dewey rods are good, but just be careful of that muzzle (thinkin' of semis here vs. bolts). Use Shooters Choice, Butch's Bore Shine, or whatever your favorite is for bore cleaning.

yzguy
January 9, 2004, 01:01 PM
quick, cheap breach to muzzle cleaning:
http://20-20.8m.com/patchworm.html
http://www.silverstreaksports.com/PatchWorm.htm

and for when you want to pull a standard brass brush through:
http://www.thesportsauthority.com/product/index.jsp?productId=832552&cp&searchId=5306630813&keywords=otis&page=3&pageBucket=0&parentPage=search

no rod needed, compact, and cheap :)

Dave R
January 9, 2004, 01:08 PM
I agree with what's been said. I'm a big fan of bore snakes. But every 3-5 cleanings, I get out the rod and brush and jag and clean from the rear, to remove copper fouling. Bore snake is real good on powder fouling, but doesn't get all the copper out.

The rest of the time, I squirt a bit of G-96 (or CLP) on the end of the Bore Snake. 3 pulls through the bore. Then a quick clean of the bolt and wipe it with a thin layer of G-96/CLP.

nico
January 10, 2004, 04:53 PM
thanks for the replies. What about dry lubricants like hoppe's dri-lube (http://www.basspro-shops.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=34268&hvarDept=400&hvarEvent=&hvarClassCode=4&hvarSubCode=11&hvarTarget=browse)? It seems like it would have an advantage over oil or grease because it wouldn't stick to dirt or change viscosity with temperature, but does it lubricate as well? Also, I remember seeing another thread where someone mentioned putting a drop of oil on the back of the firing pin? Is this necessary or will it not do anything/ gunk up the bolt?

Tag
January 10, 2004, 05:27 PM
I would not put anyting on the firing pin, keep it clean and dry. Militec-1 works great as a lube, as would Mobile 1 or any synthetic oil.

Keep your breach face and firing pin clean and dry!

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