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Anyone use Silicone spray for lubricant?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by w_houle, Nov 29, 2009.

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  1. w_houle

    w_houle Member

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    I've used CRC Heavy Duty Silicone Spray for a while now and notice a difference on how my guns are on it and other things I've tried.
     
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    Yes,it works great on automotive window regulators.
     
  4. dfariswheel

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    From the Cunningham site:

    "Silicone spray: Right up there with WD-40, but at least it'll shed water while your parts grind themselves into little shavings!"

    For a number of reasons, dry lubricants have never been very successful in firearms applications.
    If dry lubes were any real benefit, the military would be issuing them.
    They aren't.
     
  5. w_houle

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    Read it when I was going through my 3-in-1 oil phase, then switched to ATF. Don't remember what brought me to use this, but like it a whole lot better, with the most notable difference being in my J-22. Yeah, I went there:neener: but it's picky about what is used as lube. It also seems to shorten the after range time cleaning.
    WD40 feels sticky after a while, but then again it sounds like whatever he used had the lubricity of denatured alcohol.
     
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  6. Walkalong

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    Doesn't work nearly as well as Teflon based lubes, and can really gum up after awhile.
     
  7. w_houle

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    suggestions?
     
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    CRC Silicone may not be a good lube, but it does work great as a surface protectant to prevent rust on blued guns.
     
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    Good post, Walkalong. Those links are quite helpful.
     
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    Silicone spray is great stuff for the insides of polymer/plastic/synthetic magazines.
     
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    John Deere (yes...the tractor company) makes a really great synthetic lube with teflon that has been very good IMHO.
     
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    I can't imagine it lasting long on lockup surfaces and sliding areas, but it is a good lube for the insides of magazines.
     
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    I wonder if Dupont Teflon Silicone lubricant would be any good?
     
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    silicone is a good product. it works good in saa cartridge guns and it works good in lever acdtion and pump shotguns. The greatest thing is that it forms a lubricating film that so far has yet to chemically react with powder residue and create a goey resin to remove.
    Oils love to gum up on me, and when they gum up from storage, they require much work to remove. When they gum up from shooting, they require more work to get the oil and residue off the metal so i can actually clean the metal.
     
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    I read the Grant Cunningham article on lubricants that is linked by wnycollector,
    http://grantcunningham.com/lubricants101.html
    Grant calls the post Lubrication 101. He suggests Lubriplate for a grease, but says he can not find the material he prefers, NLGI 0 and NLGI 1, in small quantities. A 10 ounce tube is available from the factory here-
    http://www.lubriplate.com/webstore/default.aspx

    I agree that 10 ounces will lubricate the slides on my guns for my lifetime and then some.
    I learn a lot on this forum.
    Rob
     
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    ...a good man sent me some Gun Butter...been two years since I used it in my lockwork of my 649 and still slicker'n snakesnot...will use it on my .45 rails and see if I notice a difference...
     
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    It'll make it seem like it is running on ball bearings.
     
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    So, he's saying that wiping firearms regularly with silicon impregnated rags will do nothing to prevent rust?
     
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    No, he's not saying that. But I think he's saying it won't do as much as you think it will. Doing that WILL displace water and acids that are on the surface that might otherwise cause corrosion from extended storage. So it will help. But they will not leave the surface ready to stand up to continuous exposure to oxidizing agents as other protectants will. As a stand-alone surface protectant, they generally compare poorly to conventional greases, heavier oils, or other modern lubes.

    I have had finely blued guns develop corrosion when only coated with a cold-rubbed wax (Renaissance) and left in a silicone-impregnated bore-store for six months indoors in Pacific Northwest weather conditions. I still use silicone-impregnated bore stores and such, but I treat the surfaces more aggressively now.
     
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