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Rem 700 trigger, lube or not?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by fjlee, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. fjlee

    fjlee New Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Denver Co
    I have a Rem 700 ADL 30-06 that I bought new in the 1960's.

    It gets used every year. Every 2-3 years I remove barrel/action from the stock, and blow out the trigger mechanism with comp. air.

    The trigger assembly has NEVER been dis-assembled.

    There's no rust or corrosion on anything. Trigger was long ago set to 3 lbs. by a 'smith.

    This year I blew it out as normal, and also shot a moderate amount of aerosol BRAKE-KLEEN into the mechanism, from various access points. Then more comp. air.

    Should I now leave this trigger mechanism dry, internally, or should I shoot a small amount of "lite" aerosol lube up into the "internals"??

    If lube is needed, how to best assure that I don't _OVER LUBE_ it? I don't want a sticky gummy dirt/dust attracting mess in there.

    Thank you, folks........

    FjLee Denver CO
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    If I were to lube it at all?

    I would use Remington Dry-Lube spray.

    It is a dry film lube that will not attract or hold dirt.
    Nor will it congeal in cold weather, or dry out and get gummy over time.

  3. brickeyee

    brickeyee Senior Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    Likely removed ALL the lubricant present, and may have made the metal cold enough to condense water from the air (depends on relative humidity and how cold the metal got)

    Steel without protection rusts in all but the driest environments.
    i would go back ad rinse the trigger with something like lighter fluid (like good ol' Ronson).

    it seems to leave just enough residue behind to prevent rust but not attract significant dirt or gum up triggers.
  4. dsink

    dsink New Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    North Carolina
    I agree with brickeyee or you can always flush it out with bore cleaner then blow it out. Bore cleaner will also leave behind just enough oil to lubricate it and keep it from rusting.
  5. hoghunting

    hoghunting Participating Member

    Feb 16, 2006
  6. JohnBT

    JohnBT Elder

    Dec 26, 2002
    Richmond, Virginia
    I use lighter fluid on triggers, except for the one on the 870 Express that gets flushed with Rem-Oil per the book. When it comes to handgun triggers, all I use is Brownell's Action Lube Plus; the 2-ounce jar has lasted forever.

    Arnold Jewell recommends lighter fluid for cleaning and lubing his triggers.

    And I thought using lighter fluid on guns was just something my father did 50 years ago because he didn't have anything else. :) He was a pipe smoker, so he always had lighter fluid.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
  7. brickeyee

    brickeyee Senior Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    Lighter fluid is just enough of a mix of things to work well.

    If you put some on a glass plate and let it evaporate you will still see some heavier hydrocarbons remaining.

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