cleaning and oiling under the grip


old fart
April 30, 2014, 03:17 PM
i have a blued ruger service six, i love the gun and plan on passing it down to my son. when i bought it, it had tiny pin head size specks of rust here and there but nothing bad. the amazing thing is under the grip was perfect there was no rust just perfect bluing. now my question is this, since i have now finished cleaning it up and its ready to be carried. i've oiled it good with barricade at the grip area and installed the rubber pachmayr grips, how often should i remove the grips to re oil? i will be carrying just about 3-5 days a week, open carrying in public and woods. i'll wipe the frame down each time i'm thru and clean when its shot, but how often to remove the grip and re clean i don't know. thanks

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April 30, 2014, 07:42 PM
I don't use oil as oil tends to run off. Instead I use RIG Grease. Since it is thicker it stays put and blocks moisture better.

April 30, 2014, 08:39 PM
Rig or Boeshield. Should be good for several months carrying it away from your body. Now, against your body (IWB) you really have to stay on it. All my stainless carry guns have pitting under the grips. I sweat....alot.....and apparently it's nuclear fallout quality sweat.

April 30, 2014, 09:31 PM
It's a good idea to remove the grips on a regular basis and apply some type of lubricant. I use CLP but the choice is up to you. If the gun is carried, I would do this at least every other week.

April 30, 2014, 09:39 PM
I rarely remove the grips unless I plan on soaking the gun. A decent gun oil will run under the grips. I use/carry a number of blue guns and haven't had one rust under the grips. Grease under them if you will sleep better at night.

April 30, 2014, 10:01 PM
Whatever lubricant you use on any part of the frame, exposed or covered, will only be as effective as the thin film that covers the surface. Grease, heavy oils, etc. left on the surface serve no purpose. A good cleaning and a light coat of penetrating oil (Marvel Mystery Oil, Kroil, etc.) is really all that is needed. Wipe on a coat, wipe it off with a dry rag, replace the grips.
I carried a revolver every day for many years. Once a year cleaning the normally unexposed portions of the frame was sufficient.

April 30, 2014, 10:06 PM
Break Free CLP under grips. Or the whole gun. Then forget about it. Good reading > Break-Free CLP actually exceeded the Military's requirements and was approved as a product to meet MIL-L-63460, but does not meet the new MIL-L-63460D?

April 30, 2014, 10:36 PM
Breakfree CLP, G96 CLP, or Breakfree Collector. Pull the grips whenever you can and have a look. If you don't the sweat from your hand will creep under the grips and eat metal. I have seen this time and time again and the owners had no idea that it would happen. Breakfree CLP is not what it used to be. Safariland bought the name and changed the formula. The only CLP I can find that meets the current Mil-spec. is G 96's CLP and Royco Industries CLP (which has also been watered down from what it once was and is only available in 5 gal. buckets and 55 gal drums.) MPro is also trying to get approval under the new spec but I don't think they have it yet and I am not a fan of their product personally. Breakfree CLP is still pretty good stuff though even though they have deleted the Teflon. I have been using Breakfree's Collector for a few years on safe queens and so far it works as advertised - no rust at all. Use whatever you can find - just check frequently and don't get complacent thinking that they won't rust. Under the right conditions they will try.

April 30, 2014, 11:13 PM
CLP is pretty nasty stuff... I use frog lube these days. Won't kill you and doesn't pollute anything using it or manufacturing it.

May 2, 2014, 11:29 AM
You do not need to take apart pistol or revolver grips when you field-strip or clean a gun, but it's not a bad idea to remove the grips every so often & get all the moisture, crud, dust, lint, etc out of the weapon. ;)
I like Ballistol for these reasons. It's CFC free & non toxic. You can spray the metal or put a light amount on rubber/polymer/wood/etc without damage.
It's a top notch CLP.
Grips can collect lint, dust, sand, crud, etc. don't spray a full can all around it, :mad: but a light amount will prevent rust or corrosion. Blue or carbon steel surfaces need more care.

note; some pastes & greases can bind up or turn to goo. :(
I'd stick with a simple CLP like LPX, Gunzilla, Ballistol or Slip2000.

May 4, 2014, 10:34 AM
G96 Synthetic CLP Gun Oil has been APPROVED for use by the U.S. Army for 21st Century CLEANING, LUBRICATING, and PRESERVATION of both Small and Large Caliber Weapons and Weapons Systems. Military Specification MIL-PRF-63460E and NATO S-758 effective September 18, 2009. When my old BF is gone, i will be switching over to G96

May 4, 2014, 01:05 PM
Grease, heavy oils, etc. left on the surface serve no purpose

It don't?


You mean grease doesn't prevent moisture and salts from the hand from reaching unprotected steel?

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