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Rem Oil Opinions

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by wvshooter, Oct 8, 2009.

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  1. wvshooter

    wvshooter Member

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    I clean my barrels with Hoppes or Remington's Brite Bore but like to spray the rest of the gun with Rem Oil. The spray gets into small spaces and does a good job of removing crud. What is the inside scoop on Rem Oil? What is it and what does it do?
     
  2. Ed Harris

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    I don't know about Rem Oil, but suppose it does no harm. It's your money. If you own stock in Remington and want to support the company that's fine.

    But the best bang for the buck is to use any good name brand of automatic transmission fluid cut 50-50 with aliphatic (clear odorless) mineral spirits (aka Varsol or Stoddard solvent, which you can get at any hardware or paint store) for gun oil. For bore cleaner you can mix your own bore cleaner with equal parts of ATF, K1 kerosene, acetone and Varsol or Stoddard solvent. I have used this recipe for many years and most people who try it like it. http://shilohtv.com/?cat=8
     
  3. ArmedBear

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    I like the stuff, but have mainly used it on Remington shotguns.

    It leaves a teflon film, so it still works when it's dry, and it works very well as a rust preventative.

    What I'm not sure about is using it on a handgun. Depends on which handgun.
     
  4. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

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    as a protectant i's about as good as any other oil

    as a lube for the rails of a semi-auto pistol, it's less than acceptable...you're better off with a grease that will stay in place
     
  5. jimmyraythomason

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    It's Rem-oil it only works on Remington products. sheesh some people. I use Rem-oil as well as other types and brands(no ATF for me) it is very light weight but okay for most applications.
     
  6. ArmedBear

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    I didn't imply that it only works on Remington guns. It does, however, work very well on 870s and 1100s with their crappy parts that rub together. Smooths 'em up, but doesn't collect dust badly in the field.

    You have issues, jimmy. You're not the only person in the world with a brain, even if it seems that way where you live.

    Berettas come with oil, in the case, so it's generally in the vicinity. Therefore, it gets used on my Berettas.

    That's what I usually use: whatever oil is arm's length from me.

    I prefer Bullfrog Lubricant and Rust Blocker for handguns. It's a spray liquid, but it stays in place almost like grease. It's worth ordering, IMO.

    I use Pro Gold if I need sticky grease that REALLY stays in place. It's great stuff.

    Militec has turned out to be a PITA on many guns, including automatic handguns. It flows everywhere and doesn't stay in place. IMO it works great with light applications on revolvers' moving parts, as well as on ARs and .22 semiauto rifles. I like it, but it really doesn't stay put. Putting it on pistol rails or O/U shotgun ejectors has resulted in puddles of oil.

    I'm a fan of Bullfrog's stuff (also their Rusthunter).
     
  7. ojibweindian

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    ArmedBear

    Pretty sure that was supposed to be a funny on jimmy's part. :D
     
  8. jimmyraythomason

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    It was a joke ArmedBear ,I had to go back and reread your post to see why you took exception to it. I apologize,no insult intended.
     
  9. huntsman

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    I also use bore brite and Rem-oil to wipe the outside. It seems to repel water and doesn't harm wood. For slide lube I use gun oil.
     
  10. Sr.Shooter

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    It is standard issue where I work. If I recall correctly, it came into our system as a cleaner to replace Hoppes. I've never been able to warm up to it as a cleaner. I see it more as a light lube. For what it's worth...
     
  11. Walkalong

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    Rem Oil works pretty well. It definitely slicks things up, and migrates into little places well. It just doesn't seem to last as long as some others.
     
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    I think RemOil is an excellent protectant for handguns.
    However, it's not the best slide lubricant. I like to toss some Hoppes lube on my slide rails.
     
  13. Dienekes

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    Ed's Red and any light machine lubricating oil. I still have some of the surplus Navy oil I paid 50 cents a gallon for years ago.

    The guns can't read the hype on the container anyway.
     
  14. DBR

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    In unscientific tests Remoil does very poorly. There are much better choices such as Mobile One 15-50 full synthetic or Weaponshield. Even Breakfree CLP has tested better.
     
  15. rcmodel

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    It didn't do poorly in my informal test three years ago.


    Got bored because it has rained all day, so I decided to do some testing of oils & greases I had on hand. While not scientific, it did show some surprising results, to me at least.

    Method:
    >1/4" aluminum rod chucked in lathe and spun at 1,500 RPM.
    >1/4" x 1" steel bar on a pivit riding on rod, on edge.
    >4 pound NRA trigger weight set hanging on end of steel bar, 12" from aluminum rod. (4 ft/pd pressure on rod?)
    >Spun in lathe until galding on aluminum rod caused noticable chatter.
    >New section of rod used for each test.
    > Lubed as follows:

    Remington DriLube Spray= 2.37 sec.
    Militec-1 oil applied 3x, heated, and wiped off each time = 3.48 sec.
    Dry, run with no lube = 3.97 sec.
    Militec-1 oil applied wet and left wet, over 3x treated surface = 5.73 sec.
    Red Lithium automotive grease = 8.68 sec.
    Pro-Gold gun grease = 10.37 sec.
    Militec-1 grease applied over 3x treated surface = 10.52 sec.
    GI issue CLP = 12.62 sec.
    RCBS case sizing lube (STP?) = 13.20 sec.
    30w motor oil = 15.93 sec.
    Lubriplate (M1 Garand) grease = 25.12 sec.
    Vasaline = 1 min. 31.38 sec.
    Outers Gunslick Graphite grease = 2 min. 52.93 sec.
    RemOil w/Teflon gun oil/bottle = 3 min 6.99 sec.

    I'm not sure what all this means, but there it is!

    rcmodel
     
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    A rainy day not wasted.. ;)

    Just shows that grease or newer products with Teflon (bonding agents) do the job over time..


    Ls
     
  17. wvshooter

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    Thanks rcmodel. That certainly is an interesting test. I had no idea Rem Oil's lubricating properties were that good. I have been using Weapons Shield for lube and rust prevention but it could be Rem Oil is all that is needed with the exception of cleaning the bore.
     
  18. KyJim

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    It seems to be a pretty decent lubricant. I think the "knock" on RemOil is that it contains teflon and tends to become gooey over time, especially in those hard to get to places. It is fair as a rust preventive.
     
  19. Virginian

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    As long as anyone makes any kind of light spray oil I will use that rather than mixing up any homebrewed concoctions. Life's too short.
    Very cool test rcmodel. Made me feel smarter for that bottle of RemOil I bought some years ago. I appreciate all the help I can get.
     
  20. Gadzooks Mike

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    I like Hoppe's Elite oil, but it doesn't come in a spray, so I also have a bottle of RemOil. Looks like it's good stuff. Thanks for posting that, rc!
     
  21. MR.G

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    Looks like it did very well in the test done by rcmodel. I have been using it for years on some of my revolvers. Usually use Breakfree Greased Lightning on the autoloader slides because it is thicker. Looks like RemOil might be fine to use on the slides also.
     
  22. Onesiphorus

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    Mobil 1, 5-20 or CLP.
     
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    No rem oil

    I do not use REM OIL. It seems to work fine as an oil lubricant, but oil burns my skin. It may be just me, but I have not had this problem with CLP or HOPPES.

    Jim
     
  25. Shadow 7D

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    I use it because it comes in a convenient spray can, and it seems to penetrate the trigger group well.

    First started using it in the sandbox on my M-4, the SOP was to leave the weapon dry, so after cleaning it was sprayed with remoil + teflon and all part rubbed down, left to dry then reassembled, before leaving the gate, the bolt was lubed with CLP, the idea was that if we had to use our weapon before a mission that it would be able to function until we got to the unit compound, and the dry remoil didn't attract sand like CLP.
     
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