AR buffer tube grease, what to use?


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mookiie
March 19, 2013, 09:46 AM
I am thinking that I need to grease my AR buffer tube. What would be a good option - lithium grease? Thanks for any suggestions.

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Robert
March 19, 2013, 09:59 AM
Why? I have never heard of greasing the buffer tube, buffer or spring. But that does not mean it can't be done.

dodge
March 19, 2013, 10:21 AM
I just take an oily rag and wipe the spring down. This seems to help with the spring that you sometimes hear when firing the gun.

highorder
March 19, 2013, 10:23 AM
I use a bit of moly grease on my buffer spring to quiet the "sproing."

I don't use grease in sandy or dirty environments.

mookiie
March 19, 2013, 10:37 AM
Ok, if I can just oil it instead I will just stick with that, thanks!

tuj
March 19, 2013, 10:43 AM
You are supposed to lube the buffer spring.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_7/548967_AR15_LUBE_POINTS.html

holdencm9
March 19, 2013, 10:43 AM
Very light coat, if any. Not much needed in there.

I just recently tried some dri-lube that I use for my .22 and seems to work well too. But really the sproing is not indicative of any problems. Just kind of irks some people!

Robert
March 19, 2013, 10:44 AM
Learn something new everyday. That being said I do not notice the the sound of my spring at all.

MachIVshooter
March 19, 2013, 10:51 AM
I never actually lube the buffer & spring, but the BCG gets hosed with CLP whenever they're put up, and they sit vertically on the rack, so I'm sure there's a decent amount of lube running down in there.

holdencm9
March 19, 2013, 10:59 AM
Those pictures from the AR forum are nice! I'll have to print them.

That said, the buffer spring( along with a lot of other spots on the pictures) is very very low on the list of priorities of lubrication points. It is technically rubbing in there (hence the noise sometimes) but definitely not a high-heat friction situation like the BCG. I have also never felt compelled to lube the FA or dust cover pin. But, apparently the photos were compiled from an Army Manual and their philosophy is probably "Uncertainty? CLP!"

Krusty783
March 19, 2013, 11:12 AM
Wheel bearing grease. Put some on your index finger and thumb and run the spring through your fingers. Get more grease as needed.

This is what eliminated the "sproing" on my rifle. Some folks like it, but it annoys the hell out of me. It's cause by the spring rubbing against the inside of the buffer tube, though my new rifle doesn't do it.

Fishbed77
March 19, 2013, 11:18 AM
I have never used lube in the buffer tube. Just a very light coat of oil on the spring to prevent rust.

Warp
March 19, 2013, 11:59 AM
You don't need to lube anything in the receiver extension/buffer assembly. Many people never do. Some will likely find its way in there from the carrier during cycling anyway though.

You can lightly coat the spring with oil, if you like. Personally I put a tiny little bit of oil on the spring, just a tad, using an index finger and thumb to apply down the outside of the spring.

Onmilo
March 19, 2013, 12:43 PM
I apply a very light coat of Tetra gun grease to the inside of the extension tube.
A little goes a long way

HOOfan_1
March 19, 2013, 02:45 PM
I've never lubed mine, I don't notice a sproing either...but I have an ACS stock with a wide cheek rest and always wear ear protection.

I've never found that I have to clean my lower receiver after firing it either. I usually take a Q-tip drenched in CLP and swab it around the trigger assembly, but it comes back perfectly clean. I am sure some people have to clean it up really good. I guess different rifles, have different quirks.

Sam Cade
March 19, 2013, 03:06 PM
I don't notice a sproing either...but I have an ACS stock with a wide cheek rest and always wear ear protection.


The sproinging is much more noticeable with a fixed stock since everything is perfectly rigid and conducts vibration better.

It can even be exacerbated by wearing a set of plastic bodied cans that contact the stock.

HOOfan_1
March 19, 2013, 03:25 PM
Well, my ACS stock has the friction lock. The only sproing I notice is when the trigger resets from the disconnect

mookiie
March 20, 2013, 02:57 PM
Well I have not yet noticed the "sprong" sound it makes, but I will probably put a little grease on the spring just or good measure. Thanks everyone for the links and discussion!

taliv
March 20, 2013, 03:16 PM
don't use grease. use oil.

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