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Discussion in 'Dallas & Fort Worth' started by smithintx, Sep 16, 2017.
I think Hoppe's has been mentioned .....................and yes, it lubes!
try G96, it's like the bubblegum version of ballistol
From what I understand, Breakfree CLP hasn't been the same for a long while, even worse now that Safariland bought them out. I remember my dad having the old stuff from by the bucket. A drop could lube a whole gun. Maybe...
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Axle grease, spray White Lithium grease, or motor oil depending on the application.
I use a whole bunch of different stuff.
I've torn down new guns and tossed parts right into the parts cleaner when they come with stubborn grease.
In my case now: Hoppes #9, CLP, Frog Lube, graphite powder, Rem Oil, G96, and some brake cleaner.
Mobil 1 has proven effective for some things as well.
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I have used several different oil lubes with success. Breakfree CLP, Weapons Shield, Ballistol, Frog Lube. Occasionally I might use a tiny bit (light coat) of Super Lube grease on pistol rails.
I'm a 72 year old gunsmith. I've tried many/most snake oils. To answer the original posted question, I use cheap break parts cleaner to remove factory applied preservatives and flush out any crud from a NEW GUN's metal parts. Caution, this will most likely attack most wood stock finishes!
I like LPS-2 for a protectant, but it's hard to find and expensive. So like either BreakFree CLP or Ballistol. I also liked Frog Lube at first, but found long term issues.
I use M-Pro 7 to clean my guns. It doesn't stink, it doesn't ruin things it gets on, it doesn't bother your skin and it works well.
No one has mentioned this, so here I go. I use a product called Gibbs brand. It seems like another snake oil do everything for everyone, but the car guys like it for protecting aluminum and magnesium from corrosion. I find it does a good job cleaning gun gunk, and leaves a better lubricant film than most spray cleaners. I think the solvent is alcohol, and the lubricant is a light oil. I just use it to clean, I lube with TW25 or FP10 depending on need. Sometimes I'm lazy (Walther) and just hose it down with Rem Oil and blow it out.
Interesting that no one has mentioned Safari Charlies. It says it cleans and lubes, but I just use it to clean. That aerosol can blasts pretty much everything away. I use it mostly on ARs. What doesn't go can then be wiped away. Beware of the fumes. Though not as bad as others, its a bit strong in a confined space. Also use Hoppes #9 when its called for, and a copper fouling agent cleaner on rimfire guns, but only occasionally.
For pistol slides I like to use Castol axle grease. Just a very light coating, and then a thin coat of oil on top of that.
For bolt rifles I use Rem Oil, or if not at home, 3 in 1 oil. I have occasionally put a super thin layer of grease on the bolt slides, followed by super thin layer of oil. If in very cold weather, only oil.
For my AR I use Rem Oil mostly on the bolt carrier group. On the trigger assembly I use Castrol Marine grease. It seems to be a lighter consistency than the axle grease.
CLP is my solvent of choice followed closely by Hoppes No.9.