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So you want the best firearm lubricant?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by HKGuns, Jul 7, 2013.

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  1. HKGuns

    HKGuns Member

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    Read this article.

    Lubrication 101

    Linked below is, per the article, the best oil and grease you can buy for your lubricating your pistols and rifles.

    I only recently learned about this stuff and purchased it and it works extremely well. Being food grade is a plus but there are other more scientific reasons for using it which appear to be true based on my limited experience. This oil is great and the grease is white, which is a plus, and both appear to work extremely well.

    Lubriplate

    I now use the SFL-0 grease and the FMO-350AW spray oil. This stuff is food safe and has all of the right properties for firearms grease and oil.
     
  2. Water-Man

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    It's been around a long time.
     
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    Eh. I'll stick with Mobil 1 5w30. It's been doing very well as a gun lubricant for nearly two decades for me and with zero corrosion.
     
  4. MikeJackmin

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    I see nothing to disagree with in that article, but I would add that a good firearms oil should also be safe to get on wood, plastic, and rubber, not smell bad enough to annoy the wife, and be harmless to your health, even when it gets all over your hands for an extended period of time. This applies to cleaners, as well.

    I'm getting to the point where I rarely use grease anymore. Once I got in the habit of running a drop of Mobil 1 Synthetic down the slide rails of my glock, I've used it in place of grease for almost everything and it seems to work fine, and it even seems to shed dirt a little better. Whenever I use grease on a slide rail, I am eventually cleaning off a thin, dirty, abrasive-looking paste, no matter how thinly I apply it. Grease still has a place (particularly on aluminum-framed guns with steel slides) but I'm coming around to the idea that it's more of a specialty thing associated with certain models of guns rather than a general-purpose lubricant.

    My approach now is good 'ol hoppes gun oil for general lubrication and undemanding anti-corrosion use, and Mobil 1 Synthetic where I'd normally use grease, except in those special cases where grease is really necessary (and for that I use the purple automotive stuff). I clean with Ballistol and water, and use Eezox for demanding anti-corrosion duties (for which it works extraordinarily well).

    FWIW.
     
  5. shockwave

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    Don't overlook Royal Purple Synthetic Gun Oil - this stuff is good. Motor oil will get the job done, but the Royal Purple is less prone to attracting dirt or dust.

    Because you need so little, one can will last you years.
     
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    I use Royal Purple in my 90 Mustang GT and have since it had 2400 miles on it. Never used it on a gun though nor for that matter any oil for cars. I prefer something like Tetra Grease and CLP for the most part, but then I shoot and clean my guns often so rarely a need for long term storage.
     
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    I don't have anything against grease per se, but I think that a lot of wet lube is best for ARs. For handguns, I seem to do well with 5w30 synthetic and break-free CLP. Maybe if I had something like an M1A with a longer bolt stroke I would use grease. But for my M-1 carbine, I just don't run it that hard.

    There are a lot of new lubes coming out all the time that may well be miraculous for I know, but as of now, I don't see any evidence that my conventional lubes aren't working just fine.
     
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    This is a well written article but there is at least one inconsistency with Mr. Grant’s observations and conclusions. He disparages “plain mineral oils” while praising Lubriplate FMO-AW. But according to the MSDS, Lubriplate FMO-AW is white mineral oil.

    Perhaps there is a subtle distinction I’m missing.

    For what it’s worth, I use Ballistol which is food safe mineral oil.

    Semper Circa,
    LG Roy
     
  9. Water-Man

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    I'm now using FrogLube CLP on all my guns. So far, so good.
     
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    I didn't post this as a thread so everyone could chime in with what they use. I posted it so those who read it might learn something. Then again, if you've been doing something for 50 years there is probably no sense in changing now.

    Frog lube is quickly being found to be snake-oil with some properties that don't mix well with firearms as it doesn't provide adequate rust protection.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up.
    That being said a gun shop owner informed me when I ran out of oil, something I had was good to use. Its 3-in-1 oil. He said it was even used on commercial sewing machines, guns, ball gloves and such. He said not to use WD40 it would rust the He££ out of weapons. So I have bought more 3-in-1 oil and its cheaper...
     
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    I read that article years ago, but back then the recommended Lubriplate was only available by the gallon.

    I see now that someone has packaged it in syringes. Two 15cc syringes and 4 ounces of oil for $16.95.

    www.lubrikit.com

    Even the old Lubriplate grease from the '50s and '60s would work on a gun. Mostly we used it to grease the hood, trunk and door latches.
     
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    The link I provided is directly to Lubriplate and you can get a lifetime supply for what the syringes cost you. This is exactly why I provided the links. Lubriplate figured out their product was useful in our industry and are now selling directly to gun owners.

    PLEASE DON'T BUY THOSE EXPENSIVE SYRINGES!!
     
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    Article is a general overview that doesn't address some lubrication technologies including nano-particles, polarity, etc. I'm also unclear as to where something is claimed as "the best oil and grease you can buy" - and how that claim is supported with facts as opposed to personal opinion.

    You may want to spend some time reading the information on Bob's the Oil Guy if you're that interested in lubrication.
     
  16. HKGuns

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    Thanks for the link buckhorn, these are guns not motors. Everything on here is opinion in case you didn't notice.
     
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    Thank you for the information, I'm going to stick with EEZOX, CLP, and Kroil.
     
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    you're kidding, right?

    call us back when you have been using it for a few years, in lots of different conditions and firing schedules.

    got a link to someone claiming frog lube is snake oil?
    i used it for a while on an AR. it worked ok, but I just didn't like it. smells nice.
     
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    That's kinda contradictory isn't it?

    Or are you saying that your opinion is the only valid one? If so, you need to state your qualifications that give you superior professional knowledge in this technical area. If not, you're providing an opinion as well.
     
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    I work for a company that makes and services food equipment..... I never considered using our food grade lubricants on my guns before now..... But I will now.... it makes sense....all the food equipment is stainless steel and needs the ultimate in lubrication.... and food equipment is exposed daily to a harsh environment
     
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    I usually use Weapon Shield for a liquid lube and Mobil 1 Synthetic Grease as a grease. Comments?
     
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    Can you (or anyone) expound on this? Can you give an example of the two different uses on where you apply them on the firearm? In other words when or where would you usually use grease and when or where would you use general lube for undemanding anti-corrosion? Am i supposed to be putting grease somewhere? (I use lube)

    I'm not sure if this is considered a hijack, it's somewhat on topic..sorry if so.
     
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    hkguns You a lubriplat dealer?? Sounds like it. I'll pass .
     
  24. Sam Cade

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    AH...but self-loading firearms ARE motors.

    They convert chemical energy (via internal combustion of fuel) into reciprocating motion.
     
  25. Rick McC.

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    I prefer Eezox over all else.

    Rick
     
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