Lubrication of semi-auto

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jammer, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. jammer

    jammer Member Supporter

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    I have a question and I can't seem to find a definitive answer. I have tried this forum and my owners manuals and still come up empty. I am trying to find out what is the best and most used method of lubrication on my semi autos. (In our family, we have a Ruger SR9C, a Browning Hi-Power 9mm, and a Glock 19). Should I be using grease on the slide or just light oil? The Ruger and Glock came with grease on the slides but after shooting the Ruger for the first time, I cleaned all that out and just applied light oil. I haven't shot it since and just wondered how the rest of you do it?
    The Browning Owners manual says just a light oiling. But says nothing about the slides and rails.
    I know there will be differences in opinion but I'd like to weigh all options and keep my guns working like new.
    Thanks, John
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Metal sliding against metal, I use a dot of white lithium grease. You can use CLP or Tetra Lube as well. For finer moving parts (hammer, mag release, etc) light oil. I grease rails by spritzing some white lith on a q tip, and rub it into the grooves. Does not take a lot.
     

  3. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    You would be better off searching google. You are going to get so many answers that you will have to search google anyway.
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    He just got the best answer he'll get ;)
     
  5. mountainskytop

    mountainskytop New Member

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    I have very rarely used grease and relied on Hoppes gun oil for most of my life with great results to this day!
     
  6. GaryGlock

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  7. qwiksdraw

    qwiksdraw New Member

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    Safari Charlie's or Ballistol are good options as a lubricant, protectant and cleaner.
     
  8. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I just use standard oil on all parts, sometimes Tri lube. What is clp? I do have white lithium lying around, could try it. I've had no issues whatsoever with pain old hoppes.
     
  9. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I use a little grease on the sliding parts, and mobile one oil on the other parts. I avoid Lithium grease , because it can absorb water.
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    For parts that do not get above 350°, I will use a little peanut oil (then my dog won't go to far from the guns and he kinda protects them from others prying hands).
    I will use a good pork lard on those that I take bear hunting (gets the bears REALLY close to ya so you don't have that far of a distance to shoot).
    I use Hoppe's on the guns I want to keep the wife away from (she can't stand the smell of any Hoppe's products since I used her dish towels as rags. Even Tide detergent doesn't get rid of that smell).

    j/k, I use grease sparingly on things, for stainless steel I use this:http://www.midwayusa.com/Product/254771/rig-p-stainless-steel-lube-1-oz-jar. Mainly Mobil-1 or RemOil.

    SSGN_Doc, I started a thread in the general area (The Club House) you may be interested in.
     
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  11. Aperez

    Aperez New Member

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    Look up frog lube on google best stuff ever.
     
  12. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    MANY years ago I formulated a mixture of lube for my semi-auto handguns because I was shooting a Commander LW and an early Colt SS 1911, both of these units could have gulling problems if not properly lubed.
    I tried many lubs and combination of lubs and came up with one which really works well!:D
    I took a 4 oz bottle of Break Free and emptied out 1 oz and replaced it with 1 oz of STP oil treatment. I use just a 'drop' on each side of the slide. I mixed this bottle in about 1978 and I still am using this same bottle. A little goes a long way!!!:)
     
  13. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You will get a thousand different answers to this question. Just about any lube marketed for guns will be sufficient. Some are better than others. IMHO Remoil is NOT sufficient. Synthetic motor oil will work very well. I use Mobil 1 5W30 and have no complaints. I also use CLP (I was given a gallon) and Machinegunners Lube made by Sprinco. I use dry lubes from Sentry Solutions. I also use Rig Lube +P (grease) on occasion.

    WD 40 is almost universally recognized as a product that shout be kept far from guns for a variety of reasons.
     
  14. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Hopefully everyone will agree on that -----
     
  15. jammer

    jammer Member Supporter

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    Thanks for the input. I did try Google but I figured here would be a more experienced and knowledgeable base. I've used a small amount of Gunslick b4 which has graphite in it, but I haven't tried the white lithium grease. Is it the multi-purpose lithium grease which is available at Wally World Auto dept.?
     
  16. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Same if its white - I've had a small squeeze tube for years & barely made a dent in it-
    Little goes a long way-
     
  17. BClayton357

    BClayton357 New Member

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    This might be a little off topic but can anyone suggest a good way to clean/remove oil or CLP from areas of poly frame gun that should not be lubed. I tend to get too much lube on the slide areas and the it drips on down. I don't think CLP should hurt anything not so sure about oil. Or is this something I don't need to worry about?
     
  18. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A good rule of thumb.

    If you used what you consider very little lube, you still probably used far more than you needed.
     
  19. sdiver35

    sdiver35 New Member

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    The key to not over applying oil is Q-tips and pipe cleaners. Put a little on the q-tip and apply as needed, if you use too much turn the q-tip around and use the dry tip to remove the excess. If you want to apply lightly to the grooves on the inside of the slide use a pipe cleaner. I've used CLP for 23 years in the military and out with excellent results.
     
  20. Mosin

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    FrogLube will clean and lubricate all your products.
    All I use is FrogLube now.