Gun Oil versus Gun Grease?

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by GilaDan, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. GilaDan

    GilaDan New Member

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    I have cleaned firearms for more years than I can remember. Funny how we get 'traditional' with brands of oil and solvent, etc. Lately, I have started using almost exclusively gun grease instead of oil. Of course there are some spots on firearms you have to use oil. I like the grease where I can apply it with a q-tip and it stays put! When I re-clean after use, my firearms are still being lubricated and the wear seems to be in check. I've been handed firearms from friends and family with oil dripping off!! Any others making this kind of move or am I behind everyone else?
     
  2. steadyshot

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    Yep, I like TW25b made by Mil-Comm
     

  3. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    This is the perfect place fore me to ask my question instead of making a new thread. I just got my first 1911 and I was looking online at how to dissasemble it and clean it and lube. 99% of the videos and articles ive read say that they use gun grease. Ive never used this stuff, what are the perks to using gun grease vs gun oil? Thanks everyone.
     
  4. steadyshot

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    I like to use grease on the frame rails that make full contact with the slide. I like this because it stays where you put it, and does not migrate to where you don't need it or want it.

    I have found that sometimes a light oil can evaporate or dry out, leaving the slide unprotected. However the grease seems to last until the next cleaning.
     
  5. Doc3402

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    Living in Florida my thought was the gun grease would tend to retain sand, but would be better protection against humidity. I spent many hours deciding to use oil. I can always clean and oil more often, but in a pinch a gun full of sand might fail me. Now with some firearms using looser tolerances I'm going through the same decision processes again. At this point I'm still leaning toward oil. The deciding factor is the ease of cleaning the oil off during normal scheduled cleaning. I am using a collectors grade oil that is supposed to last longer, but I'm not sure that is my best answer. I do know that I will never oil one to the point it drips.
     
  6. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    I lube everything with g96. Worked for dad. Works for me.
     
  7. pagj17

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    I'm worried more about viscosity during the snow
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Different lubes, different properties. I use grease for the rails of auto pistols, and things like the bolt roller on a Garand. When all else fails, see what the maker suggests. I use White Lithium- spray can. Spritz a q-tip. can wipe exactly where I want.
     
  9. fupuk

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    Thanks for the input. Does it really matter what I use for the "break in" this is going to be my carry weapon so im gonna shoot 500-700 rounds through it with FMJ and various HP's to make sure its reliable. Or chose one and stick with it? I may just have to get a tube of this elusive gun grease and see how that works for me. And on another note, my wife was with me when I picked out my 1911. And shes been talking about getting one for herself for some months now. Shes very jealous of my new firearm. So I might suprise her today with a trip to a Lgs and pick her up a 1911 as well...... is this what everyone was talking about? How 1911's multiply?..... shes probally gonna trade in her jframe because shes not as happy with it now as she was when she first got it. So we will have to see today.
     
  10. Doc3402

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    This is according to Kimber when I was having all the problems with mine. The gun should be liberally lubricated with a gun oil. If you've ever seen the oil pack Kimber sends with all their new guns you will realize how ridiculous this next advice from them is. I was supposed to use the entire packet of Kimber supplied oil, or it's equivalent, every time I cleaned and oiled the gun. If I had been stupid enough to do that my pants and shoes would have indeed been waterproof.

    When I opened the return package after their warranty repairs the firearm was sealed in a zip-loc type bag and literally had enough free oil to lubricate another dozen handguns. This is how they wanted me to lubricate and carry my defense sidearm. It was at that point that I realized they must not be a part of the real world. With as much oil as they had that firearm swimming in I would have been afraid to fire it.
     
  11. Intheshop

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    Probably shouldn't respond.....oh well.

    In my pea brain,the "oiling" of most firearms that are being used(vs longterm storage),fall in the category of "total loss systems".IOW's....you put the oil in "here"...and it runs out,"there".There are exceptions and these involve "seals".If the lube point/part has a seal,for oil retention.....then its not total loss.No seal,total loss.Back to regular programming.
     
  12. eatmydust

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    Ballistol!!

    It cleans and lubes, is safe for wood grips, is bio-degradable and non-toxic.

    I've used it solely for years now on my firearms and archery gear.
     
  13. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    One thing I learned when it comes to grease OR oil - less is almost always better. I think most firearms come from the factory over greased (Rugers come to mind)
     
  14. eatmydust

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    BTW, I recommend field stripping and thoroughly cleaning and lubricating all firearms prior to your first firing. New or used. You will acquaint yourself with the gun better and in the case of used firearms (new too), may find a defect that would render the firearm dangerous to fire.
     
  15. druryj

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    Oil or Grease? I don't think it really matters that much...maybe in real cold weather, with a picky gun, the grease might get gummy or something but otherwise, I'd say anyhing from the most expensive stuff you can buy to the dripings off a dip-stick will work.
     
  16. BWilder

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    you ever see a taurus? lol. need gloves taking it out of the wrapper!
     
  17. Missouribound

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    That zip lock bag is Kimbers new "pocket carry" holster......:)
     
  18. REDTAIL

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    I just bought a tube of Mobil 1 Synthetic Grease. It looks just like the Brian Enos Slide- Guide stuff that iv'e been using for greasing my 1911 Rails etc.? I am going to try it the very next cleaning of my 1911 gun. Iv'e been reading on other forums about the Mobil 1 Grease,? And others love it.