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slide rail lubrication: oil vs. grease

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by plnkr1234, Mar 19, 2003.

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slide rail lubrication

  1. oil

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  2. grease

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  3. both

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  1. plnkr1234

    plnkr1234 Member

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    Hi Guys,

    What does everyone use to lubricate their auto slide rails? I usually use Break Free that I use for the rest of the pistol. Lately, I've been using RIG +p grease on the rails because it seems to stick there better.
     
  2. StressPuppy

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    Have been using Break-Free CLP. Tonight, tried Tetra Lubricant, so we will see!!!!
     
  3. Duke of Lawnchair

    Duke of Lawnchair Member

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    I stick with the oils.

    Either one of the following that happens to be closest to me at the time:
    Militec-1
    FP10
    Breakfree CLP
     
  4. Ian11

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    I think grease is superior to oil for reducing wear. As for lubrication they're both good but grease stays on.
     
  5. gudel

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    anyone ever use white lithium grease they use in cars?
    if it's good for high temp application in cars.. probably be okay in guns.
     
  6. alamo

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    I use a light coat of grease, stays on longer. Militec makes a grease now. I got a free sample from them, ordered off their website.
     
  7. DerRottweiler

    DerRottweiler Member

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    I use TW25B on the Rails and have been pleased with it. I use Breakfree CLP on everything else.
     
  8. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

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    FP-10, period.

    Some of my guns have been treated with Moly-Fusion, and IMO, that combined with FP-10 post treatment is as good as the lube solution gets!
     
  9. 10-Ring

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    I've been using grease on the rails for about a year now. In that time, I've had perfect function from ALL my guns. Is it the guns or the grease? I'm really not sure, but why mess w/ something that works.
     
  10. firestar

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    How can you use both? I think the oil would disolve the grease.
     
  11. Edward429451

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    Have used grease, mostly use Break Free. Everybody speaks so highly of FP-10, I may just have to pick some up to try.
     
  12. CWL

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    Grease on the internals. it stays there and doesn't evaporate, also doesn't pick up as much dust/lint.

    Tetra white lithium grease also works well.
     
  13. bigmtnman

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    FP-10.....love the smell.
     
  14. Ian11

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    firestar,

    Don't mix. Use one or the other. Grease on the rails and certain internal parts and oil on the barrel.
     
  15. 556A2

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    I use Breakfree CLP for everything from cleaning to lubrication. I've never really tired/thought about using grease until now..... may just have to pick some up for the internals.
     
  16. uglymofo

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    I was taught to grease the fast-moving parts and oil the slow moving parts. It's not like the piston in a chamber on an engine. The oil's not trapped, and will "fling". Grease will last longer, but must be used sparingly so as not to pick up dirt too easily.
     
  17. cratz2

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    FP10 is all I use...
     
  18. 762x51

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    I use grease on the rails and FP-10 on everything else. Works great for me.
     
  19. longeyes

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    I recently switched to grease for the slide rails on all my semi-autos. Tetra and, lately, Wilson. I use Hoppe's #9 for bore-cleaning and Breakfree CLP for cleaning the rest, a couple of gun oils for trigger, etc. My feeling is that grease is better for carry and home defense weapons because it's effective longer--at least that's my impression; maybe oil would be okay for a range gun. I even use grease now, though, on the rails of my Beretta Neos. I also use it for my rifles.
     
  20. GlocksRock

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    Grease on the rails and barrels of my pistols, oil for everything else.
     
  21. LIProgun

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    You can indeed use both as long as you don't go heavy on the oil.

    For example, I typically apply a light coat of "oil" (actually either CLP or Eezox) to all surfaces. Right before reassembly, I'll use a dry Q-tip and/or cotton patch to wipe any excess off the frame and slide rails. I then apply a small amount of the grease to the rails.

    I have more faith in a uniform "oil" layer as a rust preventative, and I presume it can only enhance the lubricity provided by the grease.
     
  22. Selfdfenz

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    Tetra grease on rails and trigger. Rem oil down the pipe and other places.

    I used LSA for years and it seemed to be excellent back in the day. I've also used various high quality gun oils for the years and they all worked fine everywhere in the gun they were applied. The grease just doesn't seem to weep and spread like some of the oils. Like others said, it stays where you put it.
    S-
     
  23. Hamonrye

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    Tetra on slide and barrell and kroil everywhere else it's needed.
     
  24. Longbow

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    Grease can freeze in sub zero temps!

    I used to use grease on the rails of my guns. But one night during winter, I accidentally left my range bag w/ my gun in it inside my car trunk overnight. When I took it out the next day, and began to rack the slide, the slide moves in slow motion because the grease was frozen :(. Since then, I only use FP10 on my guns. ' works great, doesn't freeze and sweet smelling too!
     
  25. Steelharp

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    Am I the only guy left that uses Hoppe's #9 oil? What is this FP-10, and where can I get some?

    Mikey D...
     
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