Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Mags, Dec 12, 2009.
Thanks, that is an excellent reference. As a mechanical engineer, Mr. Cunningham's recommendations make a lot of sense to me. While I never took courses in tribology (lubrication scientist), I did work for several years for a rather large firm that, since they primarily leased their equipment, had an entire department dedicated to it.
If I may quote several statements from Mr. Cunningham:
For oil he states:
and for grease:
They're also called hydrocarbons: gasoline, Diesel fuel, kerosene, mineral oil, paint thinner, sewing machine oil, and non-synthetic motor oil (before they put in the additives): they're all fractions of petroleum. Sellers often use the term when it isn't crucial exactly which molecules are in the product. For most uses, a mixture of hydrocarbon molecules that are all about the same weight will do the job that we need them to do.
Yeah, I used to be a chemist. If your eyes just glazed over, you have my apologies.
Hey, I've had that happen outside the forum, too.
One thing I didn't hear mentioned was the tendancy of some lubes to carry grit/crud, like some grease.
One of the "Miracle" lubes that works pretty well on hot surfaces like the barrel( inside and out), is Militec. I don't know if it protects from moisture, , but it's dry and slippery and powder residue and crud wipe off easily. It doesn't permiate/migrate well, but doesn't need to in this application.
when you can just get a can of Mobil 1 and it will last a lot longer...i've also had luck with ATF, but the Mobil one has a pretty can.
but then i've been known to use Simple Green or 96-98% alcohol to clean too
I was going to post this take on it exactly, but someone else beat me to it. That's what I use it for---as an external protectant for blued and parkerized guns. I also use it as a lubricant for things that require VERY light lubrication (trigger parts, etc.). For slides and bolts, I prefer Mobil 1 for things that need a good oil, and a good gun grease for higher-load surfaces.
As to the smell, I'm in the camp that doesn't mind the smell of Rem Oil too much but can't stand the smell of CLP.
The problem is when I go out at night, which cologne to where, the Hoppes or the Rem Oil.
nothing ... nothing at all is wrong with RemOil. I've used it for years without problem or incident, as I'm sure most here who have tried it have experienced as well.
And they always know when I do
In my humble opinion, nothing. Well, maybe the smell..............
I've also used Gunzilla as a final application rust inhibitor, but it's kind of pricy. Of course, I use Hoppes inside the barrel. The inside of the bbl gets a coating of Gunzilla after being cleaned with Hoppes.
For lubricating slide rails I use White Lithium Grease.
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