What Lubricants Do You Use?


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Joshua M. Smith
April 19, 2012, 03:23 PM
Hello,

I'm trying to find an excellent lube/metal conditioner that will stick to bolts on my rifles much better than traditional grease.

I keep coming across an astounding number of products, mostly what I'd consider overpriced.

Militec-1 is one example. Supposedly folks in the sandbox are ordering it by the metric buttload but the DoD says NOT to use it (big ol' long PDF file on that one!)

I use cleaner to clean. I'm not looking for a CLP... Breakfree CLP is excellent for getting your rifle going again (I used it in Appleseed, anyway, to keep a 10/22 from puking), but I prefer to clean and then use a metal conditioner that impregnates itself to metal and won't leave. I hate working dry bolts!

Regular oil isn't cutting it. The rifle heats and it migrates to parts unknown.

What do you folks use?

Thanks,

Josh

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JohnBT
April 19, 2012, 03:31 PM
I use grease on the bolt lugs. I thought everybody did, because you're right, oil is too thin.

1KPerDay
April 19, 2012, 05:59 PM
Any quality grease IMO. Moly paste wheel bearing grease. Lubriplate. Plastilube. Frog Lube. ZZ$SS(#(@!!!!-s12111 super awesome tasty lube.

I've been using a lot of this lately and I like it.
http://www.lubrikit.com/

Expect some strong opinions coming, FYI. ;)

jcwit
April 19, 2012, 06:24 PM
Automotive Moly grease on bolt lugs.

General lube and wipe down, Mobil 1 and RIG.

VA27
April 19, 2012, 06:24 PM
Any quality grease IMO. Moly paste wheel bearing grease. Lubriplate. Plastilube. Frog Lube. ZZ$SS(#(@!!!!-s12111 super awesome tasty lube.

I've been using a lot of this lately and I like it.
http://www.lubrikit.com/

Expect some strong opinions coming, FYI. ;)

^This. Or if you're on a budget, Outer's Gunslick for grease and ATF for lube. Ballistol is also a good all purpose lube.

303 hunter
April 19, 2012, 06:45 PM
I use Ballistol on almost everything. If you spray it on and let it sit for 5 minutes, it will thicken. You then just lightly wipe it, and it will leave a super slick film. I discovered the guys in the machine shop in my place of work use it a lot; and I tried it. Been using it ever since.

Jaxondog
April 19, 2012, 07:42 PM
white lithium grease

DMH
April 19, 2012, 07:44 PM
I like lubriplate for the slide on the 1911's, magazine tube spring on lever guns and bolt lugs. I tend not to use lubriplate for guns used in winter time at temps below zero F.. "Lubriplate is very sticky/tacky". Mobil 1 synthetic oil for wipe down, general metal surfaces or inside of magazine tube surface. Mobil 1 and two stroke snowmobile oil are ok for cold weather operation. Some may prefer dry (no lube) in very cold weather. Everyone has a different pattern and ideas as to what is best. I only have one lever action that uses a rebounding hammer and I use only synthetic oil on that one and never use it in below 32 F.

DMH

murphys_law
April 19, 2012, 07:53 PM
Tetra, its not popular but it works. Look it up. I love the stuff. I use the cleaner/lube on my handguns.

TNboy
April 19, 2012, 08:06 PM
I use this stuff called Kroil. It's an industrial lubricant. It can be found through commercial supply houses, to my knowledge it isn't sold in ordinary retail outlets. Ask any tradesman that uses aresol lubricants and he can probably tell you where to get it. I have used it on exhaust bolts on auto mobiles and they practically spin themselves out, great penetrating oil, much better than even Liquid Wrench. I use it on my guns as well and it has worked well for me. Plus it smells great!

igousigloo
April 19, 2012, 08:10 PM
Permatex Super Lube with teflon.

Shoobee
April 19, 2012, 08:21 PM
100% pure silicone grease, nonflammable, nontoxic polydimethylsiloxane.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicone_grease

tekarra
April 19, 2012, 08:21 PM
I use white lithium grease and synthetic motor oil, in different places though. For very cold weather either nothing or a bit of graphite.

481
April 19, 2012, 08:22 PM
Any high viscosity full synthetic motor oil used sparingly oughtta do well. I've been using a 20w50 (it behaves like a light grease) for over fifteen years on all of my guns (Glocks, HKs, S&Ws, Rugers, AK47s, Tikkas and Winchesters) with great satisfaction and wonderful performance.

zxcvbob
April 19, 2012, 08:23 PM
Lithium complex "EP" grease, cuz I've got a pound of it. (the EP part is probably not necessary)

sugarmaker
April 19, 2012, 08:27 PM
Dexron 3 and chevron low temp moly grease that I use on the excavator.

waho
April 19, 2012, 08:37 PM
Frog lube

303tom
April 19, 2012, 08:38 PM
http://www.lucasoil.com/products/display_products.sd?catid=2&iid=27&loc=show

Tempest 455
April 19, 2012, 08:38 PM
KY.

Ooops, sorry, CLP. :)

ngesar
April 19, 2012, 09:00 PM
Slip2000

JohnBT
April 19, 2012, 09:25 PM
I wouldn't use Kroil Penetrating Oil on bolt lugs. I would use grease.

Kroil also works well for bore cleaning. Auto Zone sells it. Use it with J-B Bore Cleaner.

paintballdude902
April 19, 2012, 09:27 PM
i like bearing grease for some parts other parts i just use motor oil

pcf
April 19, 2012, 09:40 PM
Slip 2000 Gun Lube and TW25B. They are both free of petroleum distillates.

Deltaboy
April 19, 2012, 09:44 PM
Mobil 1 syth. bearing grease and gun oil.

csa77
April 19, 2012, 10:30 PM
white lithium grease, 10w-30 full synthetic motor oil and 3 in one

Tomcat47
April 19, 2012, 10:42 PM
I like Rem-Oil with Teflon and others with Teflon....

However, I love a product called Russack Dri-Slide on my firearms. Also use it on everyday carry gun and a must in the outdoors during hunting season.

They have a few varieties and it can be a little pricey, but performance is outstanding. It Dries and does not attract dirt, and a little goes a long way.

I use the spray can ep liquid and the weapons lube! (I use it as well on machinery etc.)

http://www.drislide.com/products/drislide-ep-liquid-grease

http://www.drislide.com/collections/weapons-lubricant-1/products/drislide-weapons-lubricant (The pricing here is I believe for 4 bottles?) Any way its about $10 bucks for 4oz bottle with needle!

http://www.lubritek.com/weapons_lube (article and case pricing)

It has a black color and can be a tad messy out of spray can, but it is a great product. I apply with a Q tip to avoid the mess. The weapons lube has the convenient needle applicator.

twofifty
April 19, 2012, 10:43 PM
Dirty 10W40 oil from my vehicle's dipstick, once, in a pinch at the range. Didn't have my range bucket that day. Used oil was much better than the bone dry rifle that I had foolishly put away before lubing.

For bolt lugs: Gunslick grease, sometimes mountain bike bottom-bracket grease.
For the rest: synthetic motor oil or gun oils by Hoppes or Rem.

littleguns223
April 19, 2012, 11:12 PM
Kroil oil, Motorkote spray, and Clp

Jesse 8
April 19, 2012, 11:20 PM
Slipstream. The best damn lubricant out there. Period. Available here: www.crusaderweaponry.com

Shot placement is King, penetration is Queen, but a wide wound channel is the Ace in the hole.

earplug
April 19, 2012, 11:24 PM
Why you would discount the many years of military testing and use is strange.
People and their weapons is highly emotional and illogical.

gpjoe
April 20, 2012, 06:57 AM
I have purchased and tried a few different gun lube products but recently picked up a quart of Dexron ATF. I use it on everything: revlolvers, semi-autos, and my AR's. It works great and for $6 a quart will last a looooong time. I also use a Rig Rag to wipe down exposed metal surfaces.

larryh1108
April 20, 2012, 07:18 AM
Gibb's Brand Gun Oil is as good as it gets. Keeps all my guns like new where it's used and is a rust deterrent as well.

HoosierQ
April 20, 2012, 12:22 PM
I am really liking a home brew of half Mobil 1 synthetic (I used 5w30 and am going to try other weights) and Marvel's Mystery oil. Very slippery stuff, doesn't evaporate like the solvent based stuff. Kinda messy. No smell.

I also use what's left of my tiny lead tube of black gunslick grease. I will be sad when that runs out but I will switch to tetra or just some regular wheel bearing grease, applied sparingly to slide rails and whatnot.

RCWFL
April 20, 2012, 12:48 PM
I don't have any personal experience with Frog Lube. However, all of my friends that use it give it high praise and reviews.

win71
April 20, 2012, 04:54 PM
Made by Tactical Springs:

http://www.sprinco.com/tactical.html

scroll to the bottom of the page.

Rumor has it, it's the best you can get. It works great on a HK-91

Kevin Rohrer
April 20, 2012, 05:09 PM
Someone on another site said the the machinist's rule-of-thumb is:

-If it slides, grease it
-If it revolves, oil it.

I use Breakfree for almost everything except my M1A bolt, and it gets Lubriplate. If the sliding parts have a loose fit, like my Hollywood Universals, they get motor oil. Grease tends to get gummy and messy.

HGUNHNTR
April 20, 2012, 05:12 PM
Slip2000, may try some quality synthetic motor oil though.

Tinpig
April 21, 2012, 12:10 AM
I can tell you that my Garands, well up in their late 60s now, swear by Plastilube.

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc91/ccanhamjr/Guns/IMG_1923.jpg

Tinpig

win71
April 21, 2012, 01:07 AM
-If it slides, grease it
-If it revolves, oil it.
If it spins really fast with close tolerances, I try to use Lathe Spindle Oil. It is a 5 WT oil designed to take heat and friction. It used to be referred to as sewing machine oil. I buy it by the gallon from Mobil for about $15.00.

dustymarie333
April 21, 2012, 01:40 AM
We use Slip 2000 the Extreme Weapons Lube. When we got our LWRC REPR last year they sent us a sample and we loved it. Before that Militec and we still use CLP but only as a cleaner really and in our range bag if we are at a competition and need to relube fast.

natman
April 21, 2012, 05:12 AM
I use this stuff called Kroil. It's an industrial lubricant. It can be found through commercial supply houses, to my knowledge it isn't sold in ordinary retail outlets. Ask any tradesman that uses aresol lubricants and he can probably tell you where to get it. I have used it on exhaust bolts on auto mobiles and they practically spin themselves out, great penetrating oil, much better than even Liquid Wrench. I use it on my guns as well and it has worked well for me. Plus it smells great!
I'll meet you halfway on this one. Kroil is a superb penetrating oil, simply amazing at loosening rusted fasteners.

IMO though it's awfully thin for general lubrication, exactly the opposite of what the OP is asking for.

I'd go with Shooter's Choice grease or Brownell's Action Magic (http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=1151/Product/ACTION-MAGIC-II-reg-). AM is a two part dry lube that gets applied and stays applied.

gym
April 21, 2012, 10:39 AM
Where do you find ballistol, I have asked every gun show or gun stor for the last year, no one ever has the stuff.

CajunBass
April 21, 2012, 10:46 AM
Whatever happens to be handy. CLP mostly, but I've used, WD-40, sewing machine oil, silicone spray, 3-1 oil, motor oil, "fishing reel oil"...you name it. Shoot, in a pinch I've used "Fish formular" on a fishing reel. No reason to think it wouldn't work just as well on a gun in a jam.

Badlander
April 21, 2012, 11:36 AM
Mobil 1 in an old oil can. A little rig where nesessary. have not spent money for Gun oil for many years. never wore out A gun due to improper lubrication.

jon_in_wv
April 21, 2012, 11:59 AM
I use Mobile 1 motor oil on everything. It seems to coat the metal well and I don't have to use much to make the weapons function slick. I wouldn't use grease on anything unless you enjoy black gritty sludge on everything. It makes you gun feel smooth to start with but it traps all kinds of dust, grit, and carbon that would otherwise migrate out of the weapon. I know a LOT of people like using grease on their weapons but when you clean your gun, see how much black sludge you clean out of it compared to not using it. My M&P 9C has seen nothing but Mobile 1 for years. Its fired around 10,000 rounds and there is almost no wear anywhere on it.

dprice3844444
April 21, 2012, 12:00 PM
amsoil heavy duty waterproof synthetic wheel bearing grease

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