Homemade gun lube

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  1. Encoreman

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    Hi guys some shooting buddies back a couple decades ago made up some fine gun lube using Auto trans fluid and a product called PolyDyn TX-7. Anyone know what the ration to mix might be. The PolyDyn has TFE in it. Thanks, Mac We used it on our IPSC pistols btw.
     
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    There are several grades of TX7 for engine oil, transmission fluid, and fuel. Do you know which?
    Looks like the standard dose for a car is one bottle, so not a high percentage. I bet the shooters used more.
    I tried synthetic motor oil + STP and ended up with a good deal less than 50% STP.

    But why tinker? They make a Real Deal Gun Oil so can follow Internet Expert Instruction and use Gun Products on your gun instead of possibly unsuitable vehicle or industrial lubricants. Riiiight.
    https://www.polydyntx7.com/products
     
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    50% ATF, 25% STP, 25% Mobil 1

    The only gun lube you will ever need.
     
  5. trackskippy

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    I dont know, Mobile One seems to work great, all by itself. Cheap too. :)
     
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    I would not use ATF as lube, not because it isn't wonderful lube, but because in this application it's no better than dozens of others that don't stink or stain.

    Lubrication requirements in firearms are so minimal versus the requirements in machinery, bearings, transmissions, etc, than almost anything you can buy will exceed what you can benefit from in a firearm.

    LubriPlate was hi tech in 1940; you can't buy grease that poor on the shelf today.

    Remember FrogLube? It was perfectly functional firearms lube, and worked fine everywhere except the extreme cold. . . it was fractionated (low molecular weight) coconut oil.

    Pick a lube that's inexpensive, and doesn't drain, stink, or stain.
     
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    FrogLube also ranked highest in anti rust testing, plus it wasn't toxic.
     
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    That wasnt my experience. I had rust on a couple of guns within a week or so of cleaning and put away. Was it even in the top 10 of the anti rusting tests? I dont ever remember seeing it there.

    I used Froglube for a good bit when it first came out, and found it wasnt what it was touted to be. What it was, was expensive snake oil. It wasnt a very good cleaner, did nothing for copper fouling, and their later released copper cleaner was completely worthless.

    As far as a lube, it worked OK if you used the gun regularly, but if you let it sit, just a short while, it gummed everything up, to the point of function issues, and that was any time of year, just not the cold.

    They were all over the place with its application and how to use it, and the instructions kept changing, as did the formula itself. When it first came out, it was pretty thick, towards the end of using it, it seemed to have been watered down a good bit.

    I think they had a good marketing thing going on, and the "Frog" thing was aimed at and grabbed the tactically drawn gang. Its way overpriced for what it is, and it can be downright dangerous if youre using it on guns that you carry a lot and are relying on.
     
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    Ballistol !!:)
     
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    Looks like the company already mixed it for you. 6f48b2fa-0369-4121-bde4-639b70ce4de4_l.jpg

    Their video didnt include Break Free CLP. I wonder why.
     
  11. Walkalong

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    Does anyone run their guns that hot? :)
     
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    Came here to say this. So benign you could practically drink the stuff. Motor oils are not Non-toxic.
     
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    Or, you can refrain from licking your gun and use pretty much any lubricant. ;)
     
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    As a kid I used my mother's sewing machine oil. I still have the two rifles I used on on and they are still going great and have never required any repair. Other than that I have used 3 in one oil, various motor oils, and some made for firearms lubes without seeing one bit of difference in the performance of my guns. My current gun lube is Mobil 1 drippings because I run Mobil 1 in my jeep. It's basically free lube. I see no reason to try to fabricate my own when there are so many ready made concoctions to choose from.
     
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    Here's a test of 46 gun products, they tested for odor, lubrication ability, and corrosion protection.

    FrogLube came out at the top. WD-40 Specialist Long Term Rust Protection was right there for anti corrosion abilities. https://dayattherange.com/?page_id=3667
     
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    Mobil1 works great for me.

    Application is key. as a new gun owner, over-application makes a mess of clothing, holsters, etc. Use Q-tips, and the end of toothpicks to
    apply lube, then wipe it off. Two drops of oil can easily lubricate an entire action. Less is more.
     
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    I’ve run full-auto, like an MG3, that got very hot very fast, but not my handguns.
     
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    What in the World would be the purpose of making your own gun "lube"??
     
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    Thats great and all, but from personal experience, I was getting rust on a couple of guns cleaned and wiped down with FL in about a week, and that was in a gun safe, in a more or less environmentally controlled room.

    As I said before, towards the end of my using it, it was noticeably more "watery" that it was when I first started using it, and I actually wondered if they werent cutting it with water.


    I use Eezox for anything I dont want to rust, and it does work very well. I have tools, dies, and a couple of guns in a damp basement year round, with a humidifier, which helps, but things still rust if not treated. I have yet to see any rust on anything Ive treated with Eezox, and I usually only wipe things down when I use them, and/or once a year.

    This was one of the first corrosion tests I saw a few years back and was one of the reasons I went with Eezox for rust prevention. I dont think FL was around yet when that was done, but from my own experience, Eezox is superior to anything else Ive used.

    https://www.6mmbr.com/corrosiontest.html

    There were a few other tests run about the same time, and with pretty much the same results.
     
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  20. Mark1964

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    Which Lubriplate? They make about a zillion varieties.
    I've used the SFL-0 grease on several firearm applications with zero problems.
     
  21. JohnKSa

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    If you want to go that route, I can't imagine why the ratio of the mix would be important other than to try to achieve a particular viscosity. Just mix it until it's about the right consistency/viscosity--whatever you think that ought to be based on your background in tribology. :D

    Just curious, how much lube are you going through in a year?
     
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    I have a little tube of Lubriplate gun and fishing reel grease, I don't recall a number. Got it as a free sample at a boat show years ago. I use it on my SA MixMaster Lightweight, figure it will be kind to the aluminum.

    I have so many lubes, industrial, automotive, home-brew and free samples of Real Gun Oil, I have little excuse to buy the Latest and Slickest.
     
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    this is all you need for oil and grease


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    For the record, I also use Eezox. I bought it before I saw that test, and I also think it works great.
     
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    Is this new Lube to be used while filming Red Dawn 3, or used in our weekly Kampf (struggle) with insurgent orange juice bottles?

    My switch to Only Ballistol began a year ago with three skinny green/red cans of this weird intergalactic compound (often seen in the Outer Limits :alien:).

    Frequent gun-wiping, even all through 2020-2021 has Not even used up the First Can . This Ballistol...actually...(No "Scheisse") has a parallel with "fishes and loaves feeding the crowds" ? :confused: I've used a lot from this first can, with a few drops of Mobil One Grease on gun rails and tiny bits on rifle bolt lugs.
     
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