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Old April 14, 2019, 20:33   #1
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Lubing a .22 bolt rifle

What would you suggest to lube the bolt in a, well, .22 bolt gun for normal working conditions? Light oil? Wheel bearing grease? Transmission fluid? Graphite spray? Sperm Whale Oil? The Tactical Operator goo du jour?
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Old April 14, 2019, 21:28   #2
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My only bolt action .22lr rifle is an Anschutz Model 54 Sporter. The bolt and receiver are machined to tight tolerances. So any kind of heavy lubricant such as grease isn't suitable. I use BreakFree CLP on the bolt. A light coat applied with a clean medium sized cotton cleaning patch.

Now a .22lr rifle with looser tolerances can have the bolt lubed with a good quality gun grease. I use RIG Stainless +P for my other rifles. This grease was originally marketed for stainless steel rifles and handguns to prevent galling. Also for semi auto and full auto firearms. A light coat of it works quite well on the bolt of my stainless Ruger 10/22 sporter.

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Old April 14, 2019, 22:38   #3
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Old April 15, 2019, 06:37   #4
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CLP, Remoil, 3-in-1, your grandmother's sewing machine oil, a drop or two of motor oil from your car's dipstick . . . it really doesn't matter.
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Old April 15, 2019, 07:10   #5
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CLP, Remoil, 3-in-1, your grandmother's sewing machine oil, a drop or two of motor oil from your car's dipstick . . . it really doesn't matter.
This +1.

I use Mobil 1 synthetic for virtually all situations that call for oil. All the big buck speialty lubes are simply not required. After all, the operating environment in your engine is infinitely tougher than anything occurring in a firearms, especially .22s.
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Old April 15, 2019, 09:40   #6
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This +1.

I use Mobil 1 synthetic for virtually all situations that call for oil. All the big buck speialty lubes are simply not required. After all, the operating environment in your engine is infinitely tougher than anything occurring in a firearms, especially .22s.
Pretty much this right here.
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One afternoon at my club range a pal of mine decided that his Inglis High Power needed to be lubed before beginning a 100 round range session....

I carry a small bottle of CLP in my range bag and offered it to him. Instead he popped the hood of his automobile and pulled out the dipstick. He ran his fore finger the length of the dipstick and then used the dirty black oil to lube the frame rails of the Inglis. I just stood there not believing what I had just saw. But no comment from me was forth coming. It was his pistol after all.....

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One afternoon at my club range a pal of mine decided that his Inglis High Power needed to be lubed before beginning a 100 round range session....

I carry a small bottle of CLP in my range bag and offered it to him. Instead he popped the hood of his automobile and pulled out the dipstick. He ran his fore finger the length of the dipstick and then used the dirty black oil to lube the frame rails of the Inglis. I just stood there not believing what I had just saw. But no comment from me was forth coming. It was his pistol after all.....

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I have lubed the bolt on my Uzi with power steering fluid, dripped off the dipstick, as a "field expedient" method. But that oil was pretty clean. I wouldn't use dirty motor oil though. ymmv.
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One afternoon at my club range a pal of mine decided that his Inglis High Power needed to be lubed before beginning a 100 round range session....

I carry a small bottle of CLP in my range bag and offered it to him. Instead he popped the hood of his automobile and pulled out the dipstick. He ran his fore finger the length of the dipstick and then used the dirty black oil to lube the frame rails of the Inglis. I just stood there not believing what I had just saw. But no comment from me was forth coming. It was his pistol after all.....

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It's probably not as bad as we think - worst part is probably the acidic nature of old used motor oil if not cleaned off fairly quickly. Still, you kindly offerred a preferable option, and he plays the McGuiver role.
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Old April 15, 2019, 16:14   #10
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i used the oil that came with my cleaning kit.

Ive used many things that came out for guns too. I dont my testing/trying different things, so its what i do and what my guns get.

imo, i think something is better than nothing. Its not just for lube, but for corrosion protection - up to a point.

Ive used some of the gun grease on the surfaces too.

but in general what i do now, is that i have an oily cloth. And i will add old to the bolt and wipe it down with the oily cloth. same with all of the other parts and stock.
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but in general what i do now, is that i have an oily cloth. And i will add old to the bolt and wipe it down with the oily cloth. same with all of the other parts and stock.
I'd go with that.

The exterior of a manual turnbolt doesnt have to be lubed heavily. Especially a .22 LR. Just protect the surfaces from corrosion. You could cycle that bolt 500,000 times and you wouldn't see 0.0003 wear on any surfaces. A drop or two of oil on the firing pin and spring to reduce wear and stresses is where you want lube.
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Cleaned my 72 Winchester again today and coated bolt and the springs with Hoppes gun oil then wiped the surface down with a silicone rag. Over the years just plain old gun oil is all the lubrication and preservative the bolt guns have needed, nothing moves fast and hard like a semi auto.
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