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Mini-14: grease or oil

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by briansmithwins, May 20, 2013.


Grease or oil?

Poll closed Jun 19, 2013.
  1. Grease

    16 vote(s)
  2. Oil

    15 vote(s)
  3. Other (dry lube, KY, Crisco...)

    3 vote(s)
  1. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    For best relaibility in dusty conditions should I use grease or oil on the external track, locking lugs, and hammer of a Mni-14?

    Yes, I read the manual and know it calls for lightly oiling those parts. But what does Ruger know?

  2. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    Ruger made the gun so they should know what is best to care for their guns. If you know more than Ruger about what is best for their products, why aren't you working for them now? chris3
  3. RaceM

    RaceM Well-Known Member

    I use a light sewing machine oil. As for the cocking handle track I either run that dry or very lightly oiled (what's left in the rag from wiping down parts). Same for the lugs. Internals are lightly oiled, but for real dusty conditions I might opt for a graphite lube. I've never tried skull dragging one through the sandbox, but I have carried one through all manner of wet and slop while hunting with no problems.
  4. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    If you google search this question you'll find a lot of people arguing that since the Mini resembles a M14 you should grease the Mini the same way.

  5. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    IMO doesn't really matter. The gun is so overgassed it'll run fine dry. I use a bit of grease, like on the M1 Carbine on which the mechanism is based, and the M14 on which the looks are based.
  6. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    How about both?

    I sometimes will dip my oil or grease applicator (a horsehair solder flux brush) in a bottle of 5w30 synthetic motor oil, then dip it in the jar of grease to sort of make a slurry, and apply that to pistol slides, and rifle bolt carrier tracks etc. It seems to work really well, and doesn't run off or drip.

  7. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    want a thick oil,try stp
  8. Roadking Rider

    Roadking Rider Well-Known Member

    If it slides I put a very light coat of grease on it using a 1/4 paint brush so as to apply it evenly. If it rotates I use a drop of oil. Mini 14's are pretty durable ,especially the newer ones, so it probably doesn't make a whole lot of difference if you just use oil. I just choose to lube it the same as I do my M1 Garand.
  9. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    high temp lithium wheelbearing grease. works on everything, stays in place.
  10. Speedgoat

    Speedgoat Well-Known Member

    KY? I like to shoot my Mini 14, not take it to the bedroom! :neener:

    My joke being made, I like the Shooter's Choice that comes in a syringe. Easy to apply halfway cleanly.
  11. briansmithwins

    briansmithwins Well-Known Member

    So, as of 8:30 the votes are evenly split at 10 and 10.

    Anyone change their decision if the rifle is being used around lots of fine dust? Around mud?

  12. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I would. I'd run a light oil and keep a bottle handy to hose it down.
  13. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    CLP, works great.

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