Handgun lubrican - Want to be sure

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  1. kestak

    kestak Member

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    Greetings,

    I just want to be sure it won't hurt the finish or do something bad to the gun.

    I went to autozone and bought Permatex White Litium grease. Any of you is using it on your guns?

    Thank you
     
  2. bluetopper

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    I don't use it but no, it won't hurt it.
     
  3. stevemis

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    I use grease on things that slide -- (rails, barrel lugs) and oil on things that don't (safety, internals such as sears, hammer hooks, disconnectors, etc). I generally use high temperature wheel bearing grease from a big tub.. cheap and handles temperatures well. All of my pistols feel like the slide is riding on ball bearings... lots of rounds through most of my gear and no wear.
     
  4. Walkalong

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    Want lube?
     
  5. Oro

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    Yest another opportunity to suggest a good read on gun lubes (which stevemis is clearly familiar with).

    http://grantcunningham.com/lubricants101.html

    Lithium grease is a good choice. In places you can't get the lube into, a small bit of oil is good, much like what stevemis described.
     
  6. Semmerling

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    He states...

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    What about "miracle products"?
    Let's be clear: there are no "new", "revolutionary" lubricant products made for firearms. That's a flat statement, and it's intended to be. All of the lubricants, bases, and additives of suitable use are already well known to the lubricant industry. Specific combinations might be unique, but it's all been tried before - if not necessarily on guns.

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    and ends with:

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    Finally, note that the foregoing is a layman's understanding of lubrication technology. I don't pretend to be an expert, just a well-informed amateur hoping to disseminate some arcane knowledge. Use at your own risk!

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    One of those two statements is correct, I'll let you decide which one.
     
  7. Oro

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    Neither of those statements is exclusive of the other. Did you have a specific complaint?
     
  8. Mad Magyar

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    You're okay, probably in better shape money wise compared to those of us that have tried all the "wonder" products....:)
     
  9. Duke of Doubt

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    I've used everything from 3 in 1 oil to Vaseline to Mobil to KY. Each gun is different.
     
  10. 1.S.1.K

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    I use a little o ring lube on my parts that slide high temp in the summer lo temp in the winter over kill but I have lots of it at work (Molly) slides like butter , CLP on everything else .
     
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    Good suggestions so far. I usually put grease on slides, CLP on everything else, except for the internals on my revolvers, I use Auto Trans Fluid for that.

    What kind of gun to you have? I ask because some require very little lubrication (Glocks come to mind) while others require significantly more (1911s, AR15s).
     
  12. Blue Brick

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    Molly lube
     
  13. jimmyraythomason

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    I don't use any grease on my guns (just oil)but if I did I would use Lubriplate 105. This is a lithium based grease that is very "wet". I used it when building engines to lube the rod and main bearings as well as cam bearings of engines that would be stored for a long period of time.
     
  14. gglass

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    Just use Mobil 1 Synthetic (15W-50). It can lubricate anything on your firearm that needs it and it is viscous enough to stay in place. All those millions spent on R&D for Mobil 1 make it perfect a perfect lube for firearms as well as engines.
     
  15. minutemen1776

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    This is my rifle, this is my gun...
     
  16. dmazur

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    Here's a link to Tetra -

    Tetra grease

    Their products are also used widely in industrial applications, but they sell oil & grease in small packages for shooting sports applications.

    Fulton Armory, among others, recommends it for use on the Garand.

    I've also read recommendations for Tetra grease for 1911 rails, and for bolt-action rifles (the bolt, used sparingly).

    I suppose if you want to save money, you could buy the stuff in bulk and forego the convenience of the little bitty tubes... :)
     
  17. Mello

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    Anyone use Birchwood-Casey Synthetic Gun Oil W/ Teflon Lubricant.

    I have not given much thought to lubricating my guns. I have been using the oil that comes in the Hoppes cleaning kits.

    Long ago I used something I think was called triflon. It was supposed to be a mix of oil and teflon.
     
  18. Just One Shot

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    I would not use white lithium! :barf: I work in the automotive field and I have seen white lithium turn into the consistency of clay. :eek: Some brands will actually harden over time. I won't even use it on my door hinges! :cuss:
     
  19. MMCSRET

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    Ditto on the white lithium grease. Stay away from it, it does harden if not used up and washed away in short order. Ok as assy grease if put to work soon. I like a winter weight(NGLI-1) synthetic for sliding anything.
     
  20. Agent-J

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    if it slides, grease it, if it pivots, oil it.

    oh, and mobil 1 is designed for an engine, not a pistol. it is designed to be an immersion lubricant. otherwise your engine wouldn't seize up if you drain the oil out.
     
  21. DBR

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    Conventional grease is thickened oil. One of the thickeners is CLAY. Oil gradually leaches out of grease and runs off - it leaves behind the thickeners (dried out).
     
  22. Mad Magyar

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    I hope this is better that Wilson's Tetra Ulti-Lube!...Hell, I needed a putty knife to remove it when it cooled down....Yep, some greases will harden up, so be careful...After so many trial & errors and practicing my garbage can throw; I use Teflon based greases on my slides and never looked back....:)
     
  23. Just One Shot

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    Just a follow up on my post.

    I don't use grease of any kind. I generally use a lubricant that contains teflon. With this type of lube you still have protection when the liquid carrier seems to have gone away. I am currently using One Lube but I have also used Breakaway in the past.

    Teflon based lubricants are helpful on a brand new gun that seems to have a stiff action (especially semi autos). I had a Ruger (years ago) that the action was sluggish and was given a teflon based lube by a local gun shop. The results were immediate and amazing in how well the pistol functioned after the first application.

    I personally would not use grease unless it was for long term storage, even then I would clean it before returning it to action. Since I clean my gun any time it's been fired I have no worrys about wear on any of the parts.
     
  24. Walkalong

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    Teflon based lubes work great on door hinges and hardware. I don't know about guns. They would probably do fine, but stay away from silicon based lubes.

    Gun Butter

    MPro 7

    Slip 2000 Reg or Extreme

    Slide Glide

    Berryhills Lube

    Of the many I have tried, you can't go wrong with any of these.
     
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