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Gun Lubricants?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by G11354, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. hdwhit

    hdwhit Member

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    The manufacturer of every gun I own puts in it's owner's manual that the gun is to be lubricated with a "Light Machine Oil" or "High Quality Firearms Oil". I did not make the choice to follow this recommendation for economic reasons although using a Light Machine Oil is a very economical proposition.

    I also note that I did use motor oil on certain inaccessible locations since I believed the motor oil would not be as liable to migrate as the light machine oil.

    As to "informal test results", I have the longest term "test" that I have seen referenced on this site. In 1993, I routinely cleaned and oiled my guns and put them in the gun safe. Later that year, I was stricken my a neurological disease that handicapped me. Between 1993 and 2014, the safe was opened on rare occasion and various guns shown to other people before being returned to the safe without the guns being wiped down or the lubricant being refreshed. In 2014, after successful treatment, I was able to return to my guns. They had suffered no rust, corrosion, or other deterioration in the intervening 21 years.

    So, I didn't use the gun-specific products John and others touted, like BreakFree CLP. I didn't consult with unnamed experts. Instead, I used the "Light Machine Oil" that the manufacturers (who presumably have some expertise in caring for their own product) said to use and it worked perfectly well far longer than I would have imagined it would.

    Finally, the belief that the motor oil would not migrate was borne out. Even though the rifles whose barrels were libricated with motor oil were stored in a muzzle-up position, the oil did not run down the barrel onto the wood or plastic furniture even after 21 years.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    I see, you weren't just talking about Kroil which the link lead to, but you should have explained yourself more clearly if you wanted to convince anyone. Blanket statements tend to get rejected.

    Yes, Kano makes some good products, but you still need to put forth substantiating arguments if you want to declare "case closed" Or should I say "closing arguments". :)
     
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    I saw the citation in post #19 because I read all of post #19. I also saw that in post #20 you state that the lubricants you are using are recommended by the manufacturer--because I read all of post #20 too.
    My post #14 was "Last edited: Feb 25, 2017". Your post #19 was made on "Mar 20 2017". I promise you that what I said in February was most certainly NOT premised on anything you said in March.
    First of all, my comments on this thread, have been primarily focused on the attempt to justify substitute products economically. If that's not where you're coming from, then it would make the most sense not to pay too much attention to comments that are primarily focused in that direction.

    Second, it doesn't make sense for you to continue to claim that you followed the recommendations in the owners manuals. None of the recommendations involved the use of motor oil. You can't use what the manufacturer recommends PLUS some other product they don't recommend and still claim that you're using what they recommend.
     

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