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Old December 08, 2017, 12:09   #1
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Question Wtn what's the best gun grease?

Is lubriplate the best in general use? Something better?
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Old December 08, 2017, 13:38   #2
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I use amber (Coastal brand) wheel bearing grease. Looks like Cosmolene. White lithium dries out, I will never use it again. The black molys are fine but much messier.

Think about it - what has more friction - a wheel axle over 50,000 miles or yuse rifel?

I use automotive lubes for everything gun - thinned with kerosene if necessary.
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Old December 08, 2017, 15:57   #3
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+1000 to what GP said.

It takes a serious amount of heat for motor oil to burn off. A can of wheel bearing grease will last you almost forever too.
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Some years ago I was at my club shooting range with another fellow who was having problems with his old WW2 Inglis High Power. The slide was hanging up and refusing to go into battery at least once every magazine.

So he field stripped the HP. I offered him my small bottle of BreakFree to lube the slide and frame. But instead he popped the hood on his automobile and pulled out the dipstick and ran his finger along the entire length. He then proceeded to use that nasty black looking motor oil to lube his Inglis.

I asked him why would he use hot motor oil and his replied that the hot oil did a better job of lubrication than my "cold" BreakFree. I don't know about anyone else but there is no way in hell I would use nasty motor oil on any of my firearms. Who knows what impurities and acids that oil had in it.....

And so it goes.


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Lubriplate and WD40 on guns is nearly as useless as a pair of 34DD tits on Hillary. Any of the complex lithium auto greases are your best bet if you are going to leave it on the gun for a long time. I use Shell Retinax red lithium on m1s and m14s and it's been great for me. On tight fitting stuff like my 1911 slides and bushings I use a mix made up of gun oil and a little Slick50...sparringly
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Old December 08, 2017, 17:44   #6
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Is Lubriplate #105 a lithium grease?? I know it works great on main and rod

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Old December 08, 2017, 18:20   #7
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For something non toxic this stuff works great. Kinda pricey thought.
https://www.amazon.com/Slip2000-6034.../dp/B0064VHKTI
Slip2000 Extreme Weapons Grease (for your extreme weapons).
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Bought a tube of Mobil 1 grease for about $10 probably 8+ years ago. 1 tube goes a LOOOOOOOOOOONG way, and by volume is a thousand times cheaper than anything labeled "gun grease" that typically comes in some tiny-ass tube. I've used Hoppe's and it was fine, but for the buck the Mobil 1 is superior in about every way, and a better deal all the way around.


Still $11.25 for a tube at Grainger...

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I use Redline CV-2. A tub costs around $15, it is also a staple in my garage, and on my bicycle stand.

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Old December 12, 2017, 15:45   #10
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Old December 12, 2017, 17:05   #11
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I don't really have a firm opinion on what *the* best gun lube is. However, my father and I have used this on the guns we've used the hardest for years (duck hunting shotguns, truck guns, etc.) and have never had a malfunction that was lube related:

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Mobil 1 synthetic grease. SB
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Old December 12, 2017, 20:51   #13
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I've been using Super-lube grease for quite a while.
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This is a question, not a statement:

In general, I have never routinely used grease on a gun, only oil.

Why and on what firearm application is grease preferred or appropriate?
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Old December 12, 2017, 21:25   #15
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Pistol slides, bolt rails, cam/sliding surfaces. Basically any moving part where oil may not stay put. Dont need a lot either.
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This is a question, not a statement:

In general, I have never routinely used grease on a gun, only oil.

Why and on what firearm application is grease preferred or appropriate?
For a blued surface, a greasy tube of something Hopps makes keeps it from rusting when stored. I love park and that's what drew me to military guns. Just pour any thing oily on them and wait another couple of years to clean. Damn 54 Belgian A5 my dad handed down had some spots on it when I just left it stored.
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Old December 12, 2017, 21:45   #17
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Agreed. I bought loads and loads of those little canisters dirt cheap. I've seen Swiss rifles stored for 50+ years with that stuff on it and it's as slick and tacky as the day it was new. If it's good enough for the Swiss, it's good enough for me. However, I'm sure wheel bearing grease will work just as well but it's messier.
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I've been using Brownell's Action Lube Plus and haven't felt the need to try anything else.
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Old December 12, 2017, 23:50   #19
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Why and on what firearm application is grease preferred or appropriate?
On the Garand, the inside of the bolt lug housing on the op rod where it interfaces with the right bolt lug. One can incur galling between those two surfaces if they are dry and the action is subject to a lot of firing in that condition. Also, on the bottom of the barrel where the op rod rides against it, and at the upper rear of the receiver where the bolt rubs against it.

Also along the bolt tracks in the receiver.

The same holds for the M14, with the exception that the M14 has a roller on the right bolt lug. There is a tool for forcing grease into the area between the lug and the roller.
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Is Lubriplate #105 a lithium grease?? I know it works great on main and rod

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It doesn't look like it.

SDS: https://www.lubriplate.com/PDFs/SDS/...100Series.html

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No. 105 Motor Assembly Grease
White Motor Assembly Grease

A smooth light-bodied grease that contains a zinc-oxide anti-wear additive made especially for motor assembly and engine rebuilding. This product prevents “dry start.” It provides necessary lubrication during initial startup before the motor oil has circulated, thereby preventing damage from scuffing, scoring, and friction. Protects freshly machined engine parts from rust and corrosion.

Packed in 10 oz. / 284 g plastic tube.

Part No. L0034-094

They do have a wheel bearing grease with lithium though:

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Wheel Bearing Grease
Non-Corrosive. Water-resistant, Lithium Complex Grease

LUBRIPLATE Wheel Bearing Grease is a superior, long lasting, water resistant, extreme pressure, wheel bearing lubricant. It has a high dropping point making it ideal for wheel bearings on vehicles having disc brakes. This lubricant also has a good cold operating temperature making it the “one” wheel bearing lubricant for all temperatures - except the extreme arctic regions.

Available in 16 oz. plastic tubs, Part No. L0220-004, as well as 6 lb cans, pails, 1/4 drums and drums
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I have also used the Lubrikit products with no problems.
Here is a good read on the specifics of lubrication:

http://www.grantcunningham.com/2006/05/lubrication-101/
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It doesn't look like it.

SDS: https://www.lubriplate.com/PDFs/SDS/...100Series.html




They do have a wheel bearing grease with lithium though:
Thanks. Just wanted to make sure it was not white lithium.
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On the Garand, the inside of the bolt lug housing on the op rod where it interfaces with the right bolt lug. One can incur galling between those two surfaces if they are dry and the action is subject to a lot of firing in that condition. Also, on the bottom of the barrel where the op rod rides against it, and at the upper rear of the receiver where the bolt rubs against it.

Also along the bolt tracks in the receiver.

The same holds for the M14, with the exception that the M14 has a roller on the right bolt lug. There is a tool for forcing grease into the area between the lug and the roller.
those are very good examples of where grease is required

I have tried all kinds of "gun lubes" but I must admit that Mobil One full synthetic motor oil is a excellent choice for many applications, you can split a quart between a bunch of friends for a lower cost and it goes a long way

when I plan on shooting a fair amount of cast bullets I run a patch just a little damp w/ Amsoil 2 cycle premix oil (SABER® Professional Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil) after cleanup is easy, any deposits usually come right out w/ a dry patch, learned that one over on cast boolits at first thought it strange but tried it ........ slicker than owl shit
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I must admit that Mobil One full synthetic motor oil is a excellent choice for many applications
This is all I have used the last couple of years or more.
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This is a question, not a statement:

In general, I have never routinely used grease on a gun, only oil.

Why and on what firearm application is grease preferred or appropriate?
A great example is my AR. I'm a lefty, but choose to use "righty" arms for the sake of availability and pricing of parts. With the AR though it's truly a right-handed weapon. Best illustration of this is the location of the ejection port. If you run a DI wet like it likes to be I end up with oil mist all over my shooting glasses and have to wear a shirt that doesn't mean much to me. That's why I built all of mine with Adams Arms piston systems, and run grease in them. It doesn't spatter. It doesn't burn off because no heat comes into the receiver. It doesn't drip out if you used too much. It quiets the "sproing" inside the buffer tube from the spring.

I generally find it cleaner because it stays where you put it. While I keep a can of Rem oil with me all the time, anything that can get grease does.
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I've been using Mil-Com TW25B on the friction parts of all my guns for years! Seems to work great!
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I've been using Magnalube on all my guns for years. It's cheap, has a wide operating temperature envelope, and offers great lubricity and corrosion protection.

http://www.magnalube.com/online-stor...-Can-p24661511
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I use full synthetic Mobil One oil to lube all my weapons. The only area I find grease useful is in the buffer tube spring of an AR.
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I also use SuperLube. They have it in tubes at Harbor Freight. It makes a great rust preventative coating. If the Mobil 1 synthetic grease has "Synco" anywhere on the label, it's the same grease. They're the actual manufacturers.
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I use full synthetic Mobil One oil to lube all my weapons. The only area I find grease useful is in the buffer tube spring of an AR.
Grease stays put longer- slower to evaporate and less likely to run off. No reason not to use it for the majority of your firearm's lubrication needs.
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I usually use oil on the action mechanisms that I want the lube to flow into. I use Mobil 1 also and have found these to be good oilers.

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I use full synthetic Mobil One oil to lube all my weapons. The only area I find grease useful is in the buffer tube spring of an AR.
If going for engine oil, why not Rotela instead of Mobil One?
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I was able to buy about 8 tubes of Tetra grease for $1 each. Works great. When I run out in about 30 years, I'll go with some type of wheel bearing grease. GARY
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Synthetic oil based NLGI 00 EP grease has been used where oil will not hold in place due to temperature or moisture dispersion on all of my weapons. Safe Queens too! This is just thick enough to NOT flow and is temp stabilized with CI.
Cost is somewhere near $10 per pound.
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The best gun grease is none at all. (unless it is specifically called out for use like in the M1/M14) My vote is for a good synthetic gun oil. (not a CLP)

I like Tetra Gun Lubricant, won't run stays intact for a Long time. M pro 7 gun oil LPX is another excellent product.

Cleaning out old caked/dirty gun grease is a PITA, I avoid it at all cost.
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