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Old 11-25-2012, 09:54 PM   #1
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I have a couple rifles that i dont do much with when its not deer season and i was wondering if i could coat them in a thin layer of automotive grease to protect them before and during season? And if it isnt good for the rifles what cheap alternative are there? Any feedback is appreciated

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No need for grease! Just clean them and leave a light coat of good gun lubricant on them. And be sure to run a patch with lube through the barrel and then run a dry patch through it "one time" to take out the excess. If they are kept in a dry area that is all you need to do.

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No need for grease! Just clean them and leave a light coat of good gun lubricant on them. And be sure to run a patch with lube through the barrel and then run a dry patch through it "one time" to take out the excess. If they are kept in a dry area that is all you need to do.

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The gun lubricant is what i was wondering about replacing. I normaly use rem oil or wd 40 when i run out of rem oil but i get tired of paying such high dollar for that stuff when i have a full grease gun sitting in my garage.
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Just a hint! You should never use WD-40 on a firearm. If there is any residue left in the chamber area since it is a penetrating oil. It can get into the primer pocket well on the round and cause them to have inadequite or no ignition. The other issue is RemOil. Even though it is good lubricant for the right application you realy need something a little thicker with a little more lubricity. Example "Breakfree!" But be sure to shake it up before using. It will seperate if left on the shelf for a long period. G-96 is great stuff. But if you are on a budget and want to make some excellent lube. Go to Walmart or other store and buy you one of those real small 2 cylcle gas cans that will hold at least a Quart and a half. (Usually Red Plastic) Then buy 1 Quart of 5W50 Mobile One Synthetic Motor Oil and 1/2 Quart of Mobile One Synthetic Transmission Fluid. Mix the Quart of Mobile 1 Oil and the 1/2 Quart of Transmission Fluid together in the small can. It will make you a whole quart and a half of great lubricant. Pour it into a small spray dispenser to apply to a patch or part. We have been using it at the Academy for around 10 years in our AR-15/M-16 Rifle Program. And if you were buy that much lube it would cost you a bunch.

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Just a hint! You should never use WD-40 on a firearm. If there is any residue left in the chamber area since it is a penetrating oil. It can get into the primer pocket well on the round and cause them to have inadequite or no ignition. The other issue is RemOil. Even though it is good lubricant for the right application you realy need something a little thicker with a little more lubricity. Example "Breakfree!" But be sure to shake it up before using. It will seperate if left on the shelf for a long period. G-96 is great stuff. But if you are on a budget and want to make some excellent lube. Go to Walmart or other store and buy you one of those real small 2 cylcle gas cans that will hold at least a Quart and a half. (Usually Red Plastic) Then buy 1 Quart of 5W50 Mobile One Synthetic Motor Oil and 1/2 Quart of Mobile One Synthetic Transmission Fluid. Mix the Quart of Mobile 1 Oil and the 1/2 Quart of Transmission Fluid together in the small can. It will make you a whole quart and a half of great lubricant. Pour it into a small spray dispenser to apply to a patch or part. We have been using it at the Academy for around 10 years in our AR-15/M-16 Rifle Program. And if you were buy that much lube it would cost you a bunch.

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Thanks bud! I did not know that! I ussualy use the wd 40 on my bolt but i will quit using it now! So is it any synthetic oil or is it strictly 5 w50?
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Thanks bud! I did not know that! I ussualy use the wd 40 on my bolt but i will quit using it now! So is it any synthetic oil or is it strictly 5 w50?
I use WD-40, but not as a lubricant. Its great for cleaning out something in the barrel that other cleaners don't get. Its also great for rust prevention as it dries leaving a protective on the surface.

But Sniper03 is right about not leaving it in the gun barrel OR the trigger works - If you use WD-40 you should be careful to not get it in or make sure you get it out/off of some places.
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I use WD-40, but not as a lubricant. Its great for cleaning out something in the barrel that other cleaners don't get. Its also great for rust prevention as it dries leaving a protective on the surface.

But Sniper03 is right about not leaving it in the gun barrel OR the trigger works - If you use WD-40 you should be careful to not get it in or make sure you get it out/off of some places.
Should i remove it from my bolt? How would i do that?
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Should i remove it from my bolt? How would i do that?


LOL yes! Get it off and out of the bolt.

If you can disassemble the bolt and clean it then that's best.
If not try blasting it out with Gun Scrubber or a similar product (Winchester markets a good one). Even carb cleaner will do.

THEN re-lubricate all these parts.
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Just a hint! You should never use WD-40 on a firearm. If there is any residue left in the chamber area since it is a penetrating oil. It can get into the primer pocket well on the round and cause them to have inadequite or no ignition.
That is a myth. Here is an experiment on that issue.

The Box O' Truth #39 - Oil Vs. Primers - Page 2

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Lessons learned:
1. Was this test "fair"? No, absolutely not.

It was about ten times more severe than any normal situation, where oil might come into casual contact with a cartridge. No one puddles oil on the primers of their ammunition for 6 weeks at a time. This test was a Worse Case Scenario.

Might different ammunition and different oils react differently than those in this test? Yes, that is possible.

2. Will casual oil likely invade and "kill" primers in cartridges? No. This rumor is greatly exaggerated.
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I've used automotive grease as a firearm lubricant and rust preventative for over 30 years.
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I use Mobile one to lube guns with. Grease just traps dirt.

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