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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Bushido, Apr 29, 2005.

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  1. Bushido

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    ok so i have been using WD-40 on my guns for some years now. My question is weather it is bad for it or not? i know it says you can use it but i was just wandering.
     
  2. MikeIsaj

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    I don't think is "bad" for your guns. I do think that CLP Breakfree is better.
     
  3. foghornl

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    Good for "Water Displacement as the name suggests. Not much long-term lubricating properties, though.
     
  4. Larry Ashcraft

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    My gunsmith loves WD-40. He says it starts out as a pretty good oil, and then turns into a great GLUE. Keeps him busy cleaning firearms.

    I suppose if you use it often enough, it may be all right, but there are better oils out there. I have used WD-40 to displace water after hunting in bad weather, but I clean it right off.
     
  5. Highland Ranger

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    Definately leaves a film; use it long enough on stainless and you get a yellow goo . . . . .
     
  6. zahc

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    WD 40 is good for spraying into wet distributor caps. And taking off stickers.

    Come to think of it, there are better things for taking off stickers.
     
  7. keyhole

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    WD good for tires, smokey burnouts, and gumming stuff up. Kriol for guns. If you see oil on yer gun, you have too much on it. If yer going to store it for the upcoming invasion :evil: use the 55 gal barrel of 90wt.
     
  8. Gunnutz13

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    Speaking of sprays...

    I've got two pratically full cans of Breakfree CLP and Casey Gun Scrubber and the dang nozzles are not working. By that I mean I press down on the cans' spray button and nothing comes out. Both were not abused...used once after buying them...bringing them out for only the second time...and they don't work. I've removed the buttons and soaked them in boiled hot water to try to melt out any clog that may exist...and have used a sharp needle punch to try to clear the can opening while the button was removed. ( yea, I know...contents under pressure...and all that! )

    Can anyone suggest a way to get the contents out of the can !? The CLP was better than $10 a can...the Scrubber was a little cheaper. I would sure hate to toss them...and I'm worried that if I buy more, it will happen again.
    :banghead:

    In keeping with the thread...the WD40 can nozzles have never failed...can after can. I've use it to blast filth out of the action and barrel at the range ( right after shooting )...to be field stripped and correctly cleaned and lubed when I get home. Why don't they sell this stuff in plastic spray bottles? :scrutiny:

    Any suggestions ?
     
  9. Larry Ashcraft

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    Actually, you can buy it by the gallon (you were talking about WD40, right?).
     
  10. landon74

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    Isn't this one of those 9mm vs .45/.223 vs 7.62 Russian/1911 vs Glock/Revolver vs. Semiauto topics?

    Do a search on WD-40 I'll bet you'll find quite a few threads exactly like this one...
     
  11. akviper

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    I learned a long time ago to buy in the squeeze bottles instead of the pressurized cans. The squeeze bottles are good to the last drop. I used WD 40 as a kid and applied it in liberal doses to the actions of my guns. As already mentioned, the innerds developed an almost varnish like gunk that required a great deal of elbow grease to get off the parts. I moved on to other lubes after that.
     
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    Use Boar's Head 30 weight - it'll never let you down.
     
  13. RaggedClaws

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    I prefer Ballistol. I can smell it now, nothing quite like it.
     
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    well, the breakfree cans tend to do that. I always put them in a vise and punch a small hole in the uppermost surface, letting all the propellent escape, then pour it into a useable container. However this is very messy and dangerous and I suggest you just go to walmart and buy a new can.
     
  15. Mal H

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    foghornl is right, WD-40 is not a lubricant as such. So in that respect it is bad for your gun since you haven't really lubricated it if you only use WD-40.

    If you want proof that WD-40 is not a lubricant, take one hinge pin out of a door in your house that is used often. Completely degrease it and the hinge (brake cleaner, etc.), 'lubricate it with WD-40 and replace it. Check it again in several months. You'll stop using WD-40 as a lubricant. It's great for what it was designed to do and has lots of usages, but lubricating guns for storage isn't one of them.
     
  16. 72Rover

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    Even since they changed the formulation of the propellant (to prevent idiot kids from 'huffing' the stuff), it is useless as potato cannon fuel....

    In my book WD-40 has but two uses: drying out electrical parts when you off-road a bit too deep and cleaning up dashboards and vinyl seats in your vehicle. For everything else, there are better products available.

    Cheers
     
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    gunnutz 13

    Wrap the can in a thick towel, put it in a vice, and using a LONG nail punch a small hole in it. then point the spray into a container to catch the oil. The towel is in case the can bursts. Then youve got an oily towel and all your fingers.

    It's by no means totally safe, especially if you use the wifes good towels or if the kids see you do it, but it works. Or you could buy a new can but whats the fun in that.
     
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    I'll side with Ragged Claws on this one, Ballistol. It's something my gunsmith turned me on too. It's good stuff.

    By the way Ragged Claws, where do you get your Ballistol at?

    As for WD-40, It goes on nice, but tends to gum up over time.
     
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    It's a penetrant and therefore can kill primers !!!
     
  20. White Horseradish

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    It's great as part of cosmoline removal process. I used it after boiling water. That's about it.
     
  21. RaggedClaws

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    ARGarrison,

    I get it from here: http://20-20.8m.com/newprod1.html

    I also have one of their patchworms, it's great to throw in your range bag, so you don't have to bring a big long unwieldy cleaning rod to clean after shooting corrosive ammo :)

    By the way, Ballistol does clean copper fouling, just let it sit in the barrel over night and the patches will come out blue the next day.

    It can be ordered from here too: http://www.ballistol.com/
     
  22. entropy

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    :D Yup. Keeps me busy, too. I use Break-Free CLP for the most part, Corrosion-X inside trigger groups and really hard to get to areas that just need a light lubrication, and RemOil on the outside of the 'pretty' blued guns, (i.e., older S&W & Colt revolvers)

    Never tried WD-40 as a Cosmo remover, WH. Although I usually use Gunk® Super Spray, it's $2.89 a 22 oz. can at Fleet Farm, and it cleans FAL's pretty good too, if you recall! ;)
     
  23. stevelyn

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    WD-40 is good for flushing nasty, gritty, gunk from actions and fire control groups. It's also good for flushing fouling on bound up semi-autos at the range. It is NOT a lubricant. WD-40 is mostly kerosene with a little light machine oil mixed in. It's an excellent starting fluid for diesel engines BTW. :cool:
    For real gun cleaning and lubrication ya can't go wrong with MPro-7 and Break-Free CLP or Eezox or MPro-7 CLP or FP-10, yada yada yada..........
     
  24. mr.trooper

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    Dittos on using WD-40 for Cosmoline removal.

    The one thing WD-40 does well is to remove Water, Oil, and grease. You have to remember that it will react with oil, and leave a nasty film.

    But yea, it eats of Cosmoline like the dickens. Take that old Mil Surp rifle out of its wax paper, isasemble it, and spray the poo out of it with WD-40. wipe of all the Cosmoline, and make SURE you get all the WD-40 off of it. when its all off, then use a real gun oil like Hoppes or Rem oil :)
     
  25. roo_ster

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    I'm a CLP man. The smell of CLP while cleaning my M16A2 during basic/AIT has seared itself into the pleasure center of my brain as a GOOD THING.

    That being said, my dad & granddad were WD40 users. My gramp's guns ( I have all of them, save the RG revo in .22 short) are all in good condition after decades of use. WD40 couldn't have been all that bad.

    WD40 is not nearly as persistent as CLP & will dry up under hard use like that of trench clearing live fires & such. To be honest, I don't ever expect to use another weapon as hard as I used my M4A1 when I was in the service.

    If WD40 is all you have on hand, use it. If you have the time & money to buy something better, buy something better.
     
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