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almostgem 11-01-2011 06:16 PM

Proper lubrication.
Hi all,
I have a WASR-10, and also a WASR-3. I just recently got the WASR-3. I had some problems last week at the range with FTE's and brought the rifle to my gunsmith. The gunsmith smoothed some burrs off of the bolt, then sent me on my way. I was on the range again this past weekend and all the problems seem to have been eliminated, but on teardown after shooting, I noticed the gunsmith put some sort of grease on the rails where the bolt slides. My question is I use Hoppes #9, but have never used grease. What sort of grease should I use, and what other products should be used to properly maintain the rifles?

7.62 Man 11-01-2011 09:52 PM

It's an AK you can use just about any kind of lube.
I normally use some Rem-oil but I have a few guns that need a little more so I dip a finger in some thin general purpose grease and rub it on the lower rails, hammer face & any where you see rubbing metal parts. I do this on new builds that are still a little tight until they get loosened up.;)

therewolf 11-09-2011 06:37 PM

Dexron III transmission fluid.

After each shoot, wipe down the gas rod, bolt, carrier, and spring to get the

soot off with a rag wet with Dexron III, then re-lubricate the whole assembly.

For long storage clean it all carefully, then Dex it.

Needless to say clean the barrel separately, hoppes #9, etc.

Other guys swear by Mobil 1 synthetic.

Neither is sold by the ounce, so you're going to be forced to

purchase lubricant economically, sorry.

dragunovsks 11-09-2011 07:56 PM

You could probably use bar & chain oil, its a little thicker than motor oil or tranny fluid so it should stay put a little better. Heavy duty truck or tractor oil would be great also.

trip286 11-09-2011 08:26 PM

I used Vaseline on my SAW. Worked great. Here at home, I just stick to the Remoil.

therewolf 11-26-2011 05:48 PM

Also, use any grease at the point the receiver rails

contact the bolt carrier.

Replace it when you do the parts wipe down.

During cleaning, always run a pipe cleaner thru the front of the gas

chamber and down the gas hole in the barrel.

After break-in, these guns usually cycle very dependably.

mjkeat 11-26-2011 06:49 PM

I use a general purpose lithium grease applied w/ multiple q-tips. My ARs/AK have never operated so smoothly.

almostgem 11-27-2011 10:23 AM

Thanks all,

From what I'm gathering, almost any good quality oil will work. I too was thinking that lithium grease would be the best on the rails as it's made for high heat situations.

Well, have to ski-daddle, I'm off to an IDPA match this morning.
Thanks everyone for your responses, and I'll be sure to try some out. Oh, and by the way, I don't think the wife's car would miss just an ounce of so of tranny fluid ! ;)

Thanks again,


almostgem 11-27-2011 10:27 AM


Originally Posted by almostgem (Post 636891)
Thanks everyone for your responses, and I'll be sure to try some out. Oh, and by the way, I don't think the wife's car would miss just an ounce of so of tranny fluid ! ;)

Oh, let me clarify .. I have quarts of tranny oil in the garage ... I wasn't going to syphon from the wife's car !

Thanks again !

Glore 11-29-2011 10:56 PM

I don't remember the guys name but he is on YouTube and has a video called "plate of truth". It's a novel idea and something I haven't seen before, worth taking a look at. I have been converted to miltec from rem oil.

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