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Old 03-22-2019, 12:13 PM   #1
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Cleaning up a handgun for a friend that didn't get oiled good before being put up. Trying to remove some light surface freckles. Got me to wondering what y'all do?

I pretty much spray paint mine with Rem Oil and then wipe them down for storage. I have heard of CLP, WD-40 and even ATF. Just wondering what the Green Screen brain trust recommends?
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:18 PM   #2
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I use Hoppe's #9
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:21 PM   #3
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I clean them with rem oil before storing. Before shooting I oil all the working parts with mobil 1 synthetic. Works great especially for gas guns.
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:23 PM   #4
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never WD-40. It is not a protectant. I've since used only RemOil or silicon wipes. Inside shotgun shell tubes and under forearm covers, I prefer some type of gun grease, I believe Gun Slick made this stuff I have. Its very thick and will not allow water to rust things up underneath, at least till you can get it home and open it up to dry.
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:24 PM   #5
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Hemp oil
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:25 PM   #6
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Oil is oil
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:25 PM   #7
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With a touch of bacon grease
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:30 PM   #8
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With a touch of bacon grease
Bacon grease on a gun! I might put them back in the safe when I am done if it smells like breakfast!
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:33 PM   #9
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:43 PM   #10
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3 in One, Lube One, GunSlick, RemOil, Hoppes, Tap Magic, Shooter's Choice and others. It depends on what's handy at the time and purpose.
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Old 03-22-2019, 12:50 PM   #11
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Old gun smith showed me Marvel Mystery oil 40 years ago. Still using it...........
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:02 PM   #12
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:14 PM   #14
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Rem Oil or Hoppe's
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:18 PM   #15
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my uncle once told me he uses singer sewing machine oil. I may give it a shot next time I need to resupply
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:21 PM   #16
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my uncle once told me he uses singer sewing machine oil. I may give it a shot next time I need to resupply
Done that before.
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:22 PM   #17
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mobil 1 synthetic motor oil. Does not dry up and leave the gun unprotected and never gums up.
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:25 PM   #18
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Break Free CLP or Corrosion X (bottle, not can).
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:25 PM   #19
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Cleaning up a handgun for a friend that didn't get oiled good before being put up. Trying to remove some light surface freckles. Got me to wondering what y'all do?

I pretty much spray paint mine with Rem Oil and then wipe them down for storage. I have heard of CLP, WD-40 and even ATF. Just wondering what the Green Screen brain trust recommends?
When I have surface rust I use very fine steel wool with gun oil to remove the rust.Triple 0 wool will not remove the bluing unless you scrub it too much. This usually works very well and then oil the gun as it should have been
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Old 03-22-2019, 01:26 PM   #20
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I oil my working parts with various oils I’ve bought, and it will be a long, long time before I have to buy again. But it sounds like what you’re asking is what we apply to protect the surfaces for storage. I wipe mine down with a silicon rag (I keep a separate one in my shotgun bag to wipe down my shotgun after a dove hunt), and I store my guns in a safe with silica gel packets and a sock filled with rice to keep the moisture down.
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:17 PM   #21
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Kroil on internal components, RemOil on the external surfaces
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:25 PM   #22
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:37 PM   #23
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RemOil inside and out until they're dripping. Then I let them drain good before putting them up.
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:40 PM   #24
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:41 PM   #25
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:42 PM   #26
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Lucas gun oil.
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:45 PM   #27
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Lucas gun oil.
This one right here for my 1911ís. I use the fishing reel oil from Lucas in my revolvers. I do keep a bottle of Hoppeís in my range bag.
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:56 PM   #28
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I just use rem oil mostly, Hoppes at times. I have guns 50 plus years old that all they seen was wd40. That’s all we had when I was growing up in my part of the World.
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:16 PM   #29
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:30 PM   #30
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Old 03-22-2019, 04:31 PM   #31
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I use the blood of my enemies. Thought that's what we all used?
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This one scores one of the highest on anti corrosion tests.
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Old 03-22-2019, 05:59 PM   #33
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I use ballistol for cleaning. To be honest, I have probably used 50 different oils for lubrication, and have never seen one that did appreciably better than the others. Quart of Mobil 1 will last for years and it's cheap by comparison. Don't recommend WD 40 though. Kind of out of it's wheel house unless you are trying to get water out of the internals.
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:12 PM   #34
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Use the WD40 on the dirty workings after a shooting session...one of the best cleaners around for just about anything. Spray down, scrub with an old toothbrush & hit it with gun scrubber or other preferred aerosol degreaser.

I use a variety of different oils for the final wipedown & lubrication on the sliding parts. I'm testing / finding amsoil gun lubricant with excellent results on my M16 bolt...shooting FA with a can makes for dirty receivers & extreme heat.

I think any of those mentioned work fine if you one of those shooters that cares for your guns religiously. Ballistic, rust pruff & Eezox are good choices if you are a hit it / forget it guy & treat your guns more of tools & randomly shoot / long term maintenance.

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Use the WD40 on the dirty workings after a shooting session...one of the best cleaners around for just about anything. Spray down, scrub with an old toothbrush & hit it with gun scrubber or other preferred aerosol degreaser.

I use a variety of different oils for the final wipedown & lubrication on the sliding parts. I'm testing / finding amsoil gun lubricant with excellent results on my M16 bolt...shooting FA with a can makes for dirty receivers.

I think any of those mentioned work fine if you one of those shooters that cares for your guns religiously. Ballistic, rust pruff & Eezox are good choices if you are a hit it / forget it guy & treat your guns more of tools & randomly shoot / long term maintenance.
White lithium grease is the bees knees for running full auto
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Old 03-22-2019, 06:40 PM   #37
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For the most part I use the classic Hoppes #9 and break Free CLP and on my BCG's I coat lightly with Frog Lube.
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:59 PM   #38
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If you warm your bolt slightly in the oven (warm enough to handle) for the froglube it helps. The amsoil is better. Iíve tried all the greases & like this route better especially when suppressed as it magnifies the problem with direct impengement anyway
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:06 PM   #39
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:10 PM   #40
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If you warm your bolt slightly in the oven (warm enough to handle) for the froglube it helps. The amsoil is better. Iíve tried all the greases & like this route better especially when suppressed as it magnifies the problem with direct impengement anyway
Not trying to pick a fight or anything at all:

Is it the function of the gun while shooting that youíre having problems with, the clean up, or number of range sessions between range sessions youíre after?

I run stuff pretty hard, (and all my guns have plenty of oil) but Iíve never noticed a difference in one oil over another.
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:42 PM   #41
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Whatever motor oil I have handy. No need to buy into snake oil. Thousands of rounds of mag dumps through MGs don’t lie.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:00 PM   #42
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I was just curious. Looks like lots of folks are using Mobil1.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:17 PM   #43
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:26 PM   #44
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Kroll Oil for internals. That stuff will seep/penetrate into anything. its like liquid gold.

Eezox for externals due to its corrosion protection abilities.
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Old 03-22-2019, 10:29 PM   #45
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Not trying to pick a fight or anything at all:

Is it the function of the gun while shooting that you’re having problems with, the clean up, or number of range sessions between range sessions you’re after?

I run stuff pretty hard, (and all my guns have plenty of oil) but I’ve never noticed a difference in one oil over another.
Good question...like you I've had success with all & was a high temp bearing grease guy forever, but when I started shooting the FA/suppressed it was the condition come cleaning time of the upper & lower receivers that made me start thinking. In other words, would I be willing to leave as is & be comfortable taking into a repeated session or even worse life / death situation with what I was seeing so I started comparing.

No big deal & would suggest to anyone use what makes you comfortable which is exactly what I'm doing. I just got a belt fed 5.56 Ares upper & a Lakeside 22lr upper which are both very different in regards to filthiness / reliability & will continue the fun with this M16.

We are talking about two different issues here...lubricant for function of various firearm applications & exterior barrier protection for storage.
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:22 AM   #47
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Mobil one and ATF. 4 to 1.....
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:04 AM   #48
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Through the years I've used almost everything. They all work.

WD40 in an aerosol can is good for cleaning hard to reach spots but then I like to dry with compressed air and add a drop of oil.

Lately I'm using mostly Break Free for cleaning and lubricating. Mainly because I clean my guns in the house and it doesn't have a strong odor that make my wife complain.

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Canít remember his name but there was an old gunsmith in Brenham that told me he wouldnít put rem oil on his worst enemy




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It has teflon or something of the like & that turns some folks off for some reason...I've still got some left & will use it for wiping down till it's gone but see no reason to buy more as I think the others are better. Not like it's going to hurt the finish.
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