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Is 3 in oil any good for firearms?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hometheaterman, Nov 20, 2009.

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  1. hometheaterman

    hometheaterman Member

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    So a buddy and I were hunting when it started raining. Both guns got decently wet by the end of the day. We of course wiped them off and oiled them. However, he only had and always uses 3 in 1 oil on his guns. I've been using Remington Oil on mine prior to this. Is the 3 in 1 oil fine to use or should I use Remington oil too?
     
  2. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    3 in 1 will run most guns just fine, but if you have remington oil, break free clp, etc. i'd just use a product like that over 3 in 1.
     
  3. hometheaterman

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    I didn't clean inside the gun or anything with it I just wiped down the outside as that's all that got wet to my knowledge unless some somehow made it down the barrel when I was carrying it. Anyway, so should this be fine until my next cleaning which will probably be in a week or two? I don't have the Remington Oil with me so would have to go buy some if I used it now. I used to clean my gun fully after every hunt but I realized it's no point in me cleaning it 2-3 times a week so I'm going to try and just clean it 2 or 3 times during the whole hunting season. Or is that a horrible idea?
     
  4. Avenger29

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    I'd actually pick up something better than Remoil.

    3 in 1 oil will do the job, but almost anything else is better. It is an "if it's all you got, by all means run it until you can get something better" kind of deal.

    I don't forsee any problem in not doing a full cleaning after every hunting trip, but you do need to keep everything wiped down/lubed and make sure you aren't caking dirt in places and whatnot. Cleaning the bore is not strictly necessary, but you may want to run an oiled patch or boresnake down it for extra insurance.
     
  5. wally

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    Anything is better than nothing initially, but for actual rust prevention in storage CLP is hard to beat, especially if you factor in price.

    My grandfather used 3in1 oil on everything and just about everything had surface rust. He never cared about the cosmetics as long as it worked.

    --wally.
     
  6. Slamfire

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    I conducted a rust test of nails in seawater. The nail coated in 3 in 1 oil rusted faster than the uncoated nail.

    3 in 1 oil is just an oil that comes in a shiny can with a blaring label. You don’t know what tests the oil will pass, you don’t know what is in the oil. As far as we know it could be straight mineral oil. No additives.

    The first choice on oils are oils that have to meet a specification. The military buys oils through specifications and the vendor is at risk if the product does not meet the specification. These oils are the first choice. The second choice are oils that have to meet industry specifications. Industry specifications are totally voluntary. No one inspects compliance and there is little to no liability to the manufacturer if the product does not meet the spec. However putting a substandard product out will alienate customers, so there is an incentive to keep to spec. The last choice are cans with blaring labels. It could be good, or it could be all label and high price. You don’t know.
     
  7. MMCSRET

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    Works great to fry catfish in; kills the taste!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. rizbunk77

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    In my opinion 3 in 1 oil is the best there is. I have a can of it in my garage. I believe that if I were to use it on a firearm, it would probably beat all the other products combined. I am basing this on the fact that the can has been in my garage since 1959 or thereabouts, and the inside of the can is bright and shiny. A stark contrast to the outside of the can mind you. Given that the entirety of the can has endured identical environmental conditions since the Eisenhower administration, and since the only difference benefitting the inside of the can is the presence of the oil, one can only come to a positive conclusion. No one here can say the same for CLP for example. Stick with a winner.
     
  9. Carl N. Brown

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    "Gun oil" is supposed to be refined and long lasting, less likely to oxidize and make a varnish like some oils, or thicken into a sludge like WD-40. I distinctly remember having to detail strip an old S&W M36 Chief Special revolver and use #9 and a razor blade to shave off hard brown varnish looking gunk that was leaving the hammer in cocked position after I pulled the trigger. It had been oiled and put up for a decade.

    I have used 3-in-1 on hinges, bicycle chains and so on. I use specific "gun oil" to lubricate firearms. I have even used WD40 as a gun cleaner if I can wipe the parts clean. I have used 3-in-1 or automotive oil if that's all I have. Gun oil is just less likely than the others to gum up over time.
     
  10. Kimber45acp

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    Huh? 3 in one has the most boring label on earth and I only see it in white plastic bottles in wal mart.

    In my experience, 3 in 1 oil "evaporates" just as fast as other oils. The main rule still applies: if your gun is in a moist climate, oil it at least once a month.
     
  11. bkjeffrey

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    I used 3 in 1 oil on my AK the other day because it was all I had. We ran a case of 500 rounds thorugh the gun with 3n1 oil and it never got sludged up, never caused the weapon to fail and the gun got so hot that the edges of the wood were beginning to turn black and the 3n1 held strong. Ill use it again if I have to.
     
  12. Kimber45acp

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    Wow, that's gun abuse. Get another AK and alternate next time.
     
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    personal experience: 3-in-1 and/or remoil work fine for spot lubrication, but are next to useless for rust prevention.
     
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    It will work but there are many other better products out there.
     
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    Last I heard 3in1 is owned by WD40, I won't use either !! I don't know about changes but 3in1 used to be the worst thing you could use in guns or anything else ! It had no anti-oxident so would quickly form a varnish that would jam a gun. I repaired many a gun that didn't work only because of the 3in1.
    If you don't want to use proper gun oil then use Mobil 1 .FBI did tests with various lubes and Mobil 1 worked very well.I've used Mobil DTE which is a turbine oil and that works very well also.
     
  16. DGTigers

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    I found this test when doing a quick search. http://www.thegunzone.com/rust.html

    CLP has always worked for me so I'm not surprised that the experiment found the same result.
     
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    Woa, I'd like to hear from a second source on that. If that's true I would definitely stop using 3 in 1.
     
  18. janedoedad

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    Ye Gods! More proof that a Snipe will eat ANYTHING!

    I use 3in1 on the 1911 and it seems fine.

    WD-40 is NOT a lubricant. Its job is to displace moisture it also attracts dust and other gunk.
     
  19. Average Joe

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    I wouldn't. Guns are expensive, and I would not cheap out on a few bucks for real gun oil.
     
  20. armchairQB

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    Pure whale oil is probably better though illegal.

    Nonetheless, stick to the commercial stuff or something petroleum based.
     
  21. X-Rap

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    It says it is:scrutiny:
     
  22. Erik M

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    Snipe season is coming up isnt it, better to get some hockey sticks and trash bags to catch some with. I missed out last year.


    Ive heard of several people using 3 in 1, but like most others have said - If an actual gun oil is commercially available around you stick with that.
     
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    Among the things I have picked up through estate sales etc. is a jar marked Sperm whale oil/ turbine oil. The guy I got it from used it on his flintlocks, and wheellocks. Have used this for all my 'locker queens' for a preservitive it's great. For an Auto it tends to turn gummy. Most organic oils, Whale, sweet oil [olive] etc. tend to gum up when mixed with soot, and powder residue then heated. Stick to distilled or 'petro' type oils for most modern guns.
     
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    Janedoedad: In Idaho fishermen trolling for trout in Mackay Reservoir use WD-40 to spray on their bait after prepping their trolling rig, fish like it and it kills the smell of Humanity. I don't eat catfish, I use the oil for gravy on grits.
     
  25. billybobjoe

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    WD 40 and 3 in 1 suck on bicycles as well as guns.
     
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