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Metal Conditioning Lubricants?

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

  1. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    Conditioning hardened gun metals with oil or grease is laughable. It might work for your old lady's hair but we are talking about heat treated steel and anodized aluminum. There are industrial coatings and cryo but dont believe for one second something out of a bottle is going to alter the structure of the base metal.
  2. Hit_Factor

    Hit_Factor Well-Known Member

    Lighter oils? that's what 0w-20 is for. 20w-50 is what I use in warmer weather. Mobile One for me - it is essentially free due to left over oil from changes.

    Sent by someone using something.
  3. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Correct. I happen to use synthetic motor oil such as Mobil 1 or Pennzoil Platinum, does this make for smoother operation? Yup in that it reduces the metal to metal contact.

    This too. Left over bottle drippings.

    Like that sig line! hehe
  4. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member


    You're absolutely not defeating atomic forces. It takes heat (a lot of it) to diffuse atoms into a metallic lattice.

    But rub it on like Clairol if you think it helps!
  5. Steel Talon

    Steel Talon Well-Known Member

    Eesox is what I use. Good product,although I'm not a fan of the initial smell of the product LOL!
  6. k_dawg

    k_dawg Well-Known Member

    Well, 'conditioning' to me implies that you provide a full coat, let sit for a while and soak in, then wipe off. You still have a layer of corrosion protection, even if it doesn't 'look' wet.

    This is especially true on non-smooth surfaces, such as bead blasted bare metal, or other coatings.

    If you use a cleaner which will completely strip all oil, then you are back to the bare surface. So you have to reapply that base layer.

    It's essentially the same thing of when you 'season' a cast iron skillet.
  7. hi-tower

    hi-tower Well-Known Member

    I just use transmission fluid. Same rust preventative properties as motor oil but thinner and creeps better. So far so good for me. A quart of the stuff lasts a long time and does not cost much. For lube I use Lubriplate.
  8. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    I laughed at that a little louder than I should've, but dang that was hilarious. :)
  9. Miterek

    Miterek Member

    I find that Marvel mystery oil works quite well. Doesn't smell too bad either.
  10. Boattale

    Boattale Active Member

    Mobil 1 here. An ounce lasts a long time.
  11. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    I like Froglube on my AR.

    With my Glocks, 870, SKS, etc, I never put any thought into the lube I used and I don't think the guns did either. Still, I think I took a step 'up' when I replaced RemOil with Slip2000 EWL
  12. B!ngoFuelUSN

    B!ngoFuelUSN Well-Known Member

    This (above).
    Actually, I used Slip 2000 and their other product quite successfully, but at some point I realized that the Mobil1 I use in my sports cars is likely good enough. Except when I need something thicker. In those cases, I use Mobil1 grease.
    A quart of 0w-30 and a tub of grease should last a lifetime.
  13. Ultrastick

    Ultrastick Member


    I'm surprised no one mentioned BreakFree. It has served me well for many years.
  14. Hit_Factor

    Hit_Factor Well-Known Member

    I used breakfree for a few years. When i ran out it wasn't available locally. Thats when i found Mobil 1 oil and grease served all my needs. I'll never give up Hoppes #9 unless they go the way of Hostess.
  15. hentown

    hentown Well-Known Member

    Friction generated from rotating, e.g. rc's tests, is no different from linear friction. In an engine, there are lots of different friction factors. I use Mobil 1, exclusively, for lubing my firearms. It doesn't cook off of my ARs' bolt carriers when they get heated up.

    There are no lubricity requirements for any firearm that we, the unwashed masses, are likely to own that would exceed the lubricity requirements of a $250,000 racing engine spinning @ 10,000+ r.p.m.s.
  16. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    Which $250,000 racing engine spinning 10,000+ RPMs uses the same Mobil 1 you buy off the shelf at Walmart?
  17. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    The only "conditioning" product I use, if you could call it that, is Hoppe's Elite Bore Cleaner.

    I only use it because it performs as advertised.

    About the only "conditioning" I believe in for metal products, in the form of perpetual lubrication- is the seasoning of my cast-iron pans.

  18. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

  19. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

  20. longshot7.62x51

    longshot7.62x51 Well-Known Member

    Buddy of mine gave me this recipe years ago and so far only had to make one batch and have never had a problem. more than happy to share 1qt transmission fluid, 1 qt 30 weight motor oil, and about 6 table spoons of synthetic caliper grease )

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