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Metal Conditioning Lubricants?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dr.Zubrato, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Dr.Zubrato

    Dr.Zubrato Well-Known Member

    I'm a Hoppes No. 9 solvent and oil kind of guy, but I've been hearing about these new products, like Frog Lube, Militec, Milcomm, Fireclean, and etc.

    A lot of them claim biodegradable, metal conditioning, and making it easier to clean as well as rust prevention. However, all of them basically force you to be brand loyal, as they claim using any other kind of lube will jam up and gunk up your rifle.

    Have you guys used these magic lubes? How long have you used them? Would you recommend them?

    Is it legit, or snake oil?

    Any info appreciated!
  2. Ro1911

    Ro1911 Well-Known Member

    I like froglube, I've used it with balistol for a while now so far no ill effects lol
  3. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    you know, everyone claims XXX lube does this, and XXX lube is better and so on....

    ive probably used half a dozen different lubes, ive honestly never really been able to tell a difference between any of them. my guns all shoot the same regardless of what lube i use.

    so long as you are using an appropriate type of lubrication, i dont see the need to spend a lot of money on the next latest and greatest wonder lube....and i honestly dont think anyone in a blind test will be able to tell the difference between lube X and lube Y

    i simply buy a quart of cheap motor oil and use that on all my guns.
  4. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    I find myself in the same corner as M-Cameron. Years ago I would call it the lube of the month club as it seemed every month a new solvent and lube came out with more magic ingredients. About ten or 15 years ago it was Tetra products and then some.

    For solvents I like and use the Hoppes line and a few others. Motor oil works fine and I only use Tetra greases because I still have a case left over from my old gun shop days. Maintain the firearm and keep it clean and lubed and I have never seen much difference in the products.

    I have never heard or seen where changing a product will cause a problem.

    Just My Take
  5. k_dawg

    k_dawg Well-Known Member

    There are a few combinations of cleaners/solvents which can be dangerious. For example, mixing chlorinated brake cleaner with an ammonia based copper solvent.

    Also, certain cleaners/solvents can degrade certain lubricants.

    Generally, you would find this information on the MSDS sheet, rather than the advertisement lit.
  6. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    All that molecular bonding crap is just a bunch of marketing horsehockey. Many of the crankcase additives, e.g., Militec, have been making those claims to the ignorant proletariat for years. ;)
  7. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Well-Known Member

    I thought lubes were pretty much the same. I had been using Tetra Lube for some years now. Then I decided to try Slip 2000. My ARs went from feeling like they were greased to feeling like they had no oil in them at all, but water. I didn't like the metal to metal feel I got from the Slip and went back to Tetra. I lubed up with Tetra, shot it in, cleaned and relubed with Tetra, and everything became smooth moving again.

    That is the only time I really felt a real significant difference between two lubes.

    I have also found I have a fondness for Gun Butter on the moving parts of bolt action rifles. It is pretty good at keeping things smooth and staying put when used in moderation.
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  9. k_dawg

    k_dawg Well-Known Member


    Lubrication requirements for high speed continuous rotation is rather different than for most firearms.

    Maybe testing lube for the axial bearing on a mini-gun?
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    No, but film strength is Very important for a firearm.

    Rather then setting around rubbing two pieces of dissimilar metal together as hard as I could until my arm fell off?

    I used my lathe.

  11. Coltdriver

    Coltdriver Well-Known Member

    Actually there is moly disulphide which you can get from sprinco.

    It does indeed treat your metal. But there are good and bad properties to it.

    It is temporary, but it does last quite a while. Depends on your use of course.

    It smooths the surface of a finely polished metal. Makes it slicker. I have been using it for years and it works great.

    For example I treated my Browning HP with the mag safety. Made it slick as glass. Still had creep but it was smooth. I have treated many revolvers and it slicks up the action very nicely. I routinely treat the bolts of my rifles. I have a Marlin 1985 that has a bolt so slick you would think it was either ancient or worked on. But all I did was treat it. It turns silver metal to a gray silver color.

    But, if you live in a high moisture location it is not that good. Moly disulphide in the presence of moisture becomes acidic. It will take the blue off of your barrel if you get it on the outside of the barrel and expose it to moisture. Treating the rifling or internal parts is not an issue for me in Colorado, really bad news for someone in for example Florida.

    It absolutely slows fouling. It makes cleanup easier after shooting.

    I have heard of but never tried any of the other products mentioned above.
  12. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Whenever a lubricant salesman starts talking about his product "in the pores of the metal" I just kind of turn my ears off. I have looked at steels under a metallurgist's microscope and saw no pores.
  13. mr.t7024

    mr.t7024 Active Member

    I use 3 in one oil.No problems what so ever !:) Cliff
  14. Dr.Zubrato

    Dr.Zubrato Well-Known Member

    I figured as much, but just wondering because I've seen more than a few videos where carbon wipes off clean, like for example frog lube. Seeing it made me want to try it, but I'm not sure it would do the job better than the established carbon cutters.
  15. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    I won a quart of Millitec at a shoot, works as well as motor oil. A 1lb tin of Lubtiplate 130A (Garand grease) cost about the same as 1oz tube of Tetra grease and they look, feel and function the same.

    One product I do have high regard for is Eezox. As a solvent and rust preventive it's the best I have used. Cleaning up old mil-surps and dealing with surface rust it's unsurpassed.
  16. 303tom

    303tom member

    Metal Conditioning Lubricants?

    That would be something like this rubbed in real good & wiped off good......
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
  17. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    I am not a tribologist. I did pick up a couple of books on the topic because it is very interesting.

    What I can say, material technology has really improved in my life time. That material technology is reflected in the absolutely wonderful lubricants that we have today.

    Got to talk to a gentleman who is a race vehicle mechanic. Bearing tolerances are much smaller than they used to be and one reason is the wonderful lubricants available.

    So, do these things condition surfaces?, heck if I know. Could be, might be, you just have to try the stuff and see if you notice a difference.

    If you don’t, don’t spend extra money on something that makes no difference.
  18. Ro1911

    Ro1911 Well-Known Member

    The reason I like froglube is because it doesn't attract dust, it works, and it smells kind of like tooth paste instead of the nasty chemical smell most cleaners and lubes have. Honestly though I use balistol more then I use froglube, balistol is convenient because it is in an aerosol can and does what I need it to. I used to use rem oil but balistol lasts a ton longer.
  19. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    I just condition the metal of my firearms with a high-quality synthetic 20w50 automotive oil. Almost fifteen years of doing it this way and I have yet to see a problem in the way of wear (I've seen nothing perceptible), corrosion (none at all), or function (smooth sailing so far).
  20. Dr. Sandman

    Dr. Sandman Well-Known Member

    I am surprised to see so many posts about lubing guns with motor oil. I would think that one would want to use a lighter oil. Is the Quaker State Warranty good for your guns, too?

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