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Norman Mays Eastwood
March 27, 2011, 06:56 AM
When taking my conceil & carry class the instructer recommended using different gun oils instead of grease which I had been using with great results [Rigg]. After the class, an old man came up to me and said that he'd been using Slick 50 motor oil for years. Well, I purchased a quart of it at Walmart and used it on my PM9 and it is excelent!!

chriskm1968
March 27, 2011, 07:17 AM
I don't use the per say motor oil but I do use slick 50's one lube. It's a teflon based spray lubricant and I've had amazing results! Very affordable too about 4.99 for a 12 oz can.

Smaug
March 27, 2011, 07:23 AM
...and thicker oils gum up faster.

I like chriskm's idea is better, because the teflon will still be there when the wet part dries up, and since it won't be wet, it won't attract dirt.

ohen cepel
March 27, 2011, 07:23 AM
My Father has been using Mobile 1 for years and has also used some Slick 50 over the years. He was happy with both of them.

I think that gun specific products may offer a bit more benefit but that extra 2% more for the firearms crowd will rarely be noticed.

I have several dropper bottles of 5W30 that I use for general use. It was a little left over from filling my snow blower so I put it to good use.

I would only be concerned if you were going to the desert to fight, shooting a TON in competition, or the extreme cold. Then, you need something more specialized. Just my take on it though.

chriskm1968
March 27, 2011, 07:29 AM
I actually coated the inside of the barrels of my pistols with it , let it sit about 30 mins and swabbed it out. On my rimfires I don't have anymore powder residue left in the barrel. It seems with the teflon it can't stick to it anymore. I was highly impressed!

MOshooter65202
March 27, 2011, 07:43 AM
I use slick 50 grease on the breech plug of my black powder rifle that's about it

TGDKY
March 27, 2011, 08:00 AM
Everyone has there own little recipe for what oil they use. Personally I use a 3 part mix of Amsoil synthetic gun lube, Hoppes regular gun oil, and Lucas ATF. I use it on anything from my 5906TSW to my SKS to my Mosin M44.

209Man
March 27, 2011, 08:03 AM
Maxfilm from RoyalPurple looks real good. :D

http://www.royalpurple.com/protect-parts.html

carsinc
March 27, 2011, 09:04 AM
I've been hearing this for 30 years, home blended gun cleaners/lubes vs commercial products. Whats wrong with Breakfree CLP? Used it for 20+ years on my M-16. Is it because of the price? Is it because its not a witches brew? Come on you home brew lube dudes, why is your stuff equal or better than CLP or other off-the-shelf products?

chriskm1968
March 27, 2011, 09:48 AM
The slick 50 is off the shelf. I like the price and I found it does a better job.

bamiller
March 27, 2011, 10:58 AM
I've been hearing this for 30 years, home blended gun cleaners/lubes vs commercial products. Whats wrong with Breakfree CLP? Used it for 20+ years on my M-16. Is it because of the price? Is it because its not a witches brew? Come on you home brew lube dudes, why is your stuff equal or better than CLP or other off-the-shelf products?


I also use CLP almost exclusively. Only exception is with pistols I carry directly agaianst clothing. For that I use EEZOX as it does't stain clothes.

The slick 50 is off the shelf. I like the price and I found it does a better job.

You can get Winchester CLP off the shelf in WalMart's gun dept. for around $5 a can. I clean my pistols after every range session and found that CLP does everything (C=cleaner, L=lubricant, & P=protectant). I have bought about every product mentioned on this and various forums and keep going back to the CLP. Give it a try.

Slopemeno
March 27, 2011, 11:07 AM
Actually, I used Slick-50 wheel bearing grease for action work. I apply a very *very* thin film, dry fire the heck out of the work, take it apart and wipe the excess out, and apply another thin film. It's a surprisingly effective lube.

10mm4ever
March 27, 2011, 04:29 PM
I use coastal brand MP grease in the summer and Permatex Ultra slick in the winter. Trigger actions and small parts get sprayed with Liquid wrench penetrating oil because it has Cerflon in it.

OcelotZ3
March 27, 2011, 05:14 PM
I would be concerned about lubricants using teflon outgassing when the gun gets hot. There could be some health hazards associated with that.

A friend from work who has done quite a bit of research into lubricants for various purposes warned me to not use teflon-based lubricants, *especially* for high-temp use.

vladan
March 27, 2011, 09:18 PM
I would be concerned about lubricants using teflon outgassing when the gun gets hot. There could be some health hazards associated with that.

A friend from work who has done quite a bit of research into lubricants for various purposes warned me to not use teflon-based lubricants, *especially* for high-temp use.

I'd worry about the vaporized lead flying out of the muzzle first... or NOx oxides produced when firing... or primer compounds containing lead or mercury compounds ... you'd be surprised what's in the "gun" LCP products anyway:cool:

carsinc
March 28, 2011, 06:39 AM
CLP is a synthetic oil that contains about 20% solvents, 1% teflon and other stuff. Added to the lead and chemicals in the powder and primer I guess that means you are carring a hazardous waste dump on your hip.

lmccrock
March 28, 2011, 07:31 AM
Whats wrong with Breakfree CLP? Used it for 20+ years on my M-16. Is it because of the price?
Nothing wrong with CLP, but for me, separate products work better: Hoppe's to clean, Mobil 1 to lube. Occasional grease (Tetra) when the application requires it. I carry CLP to matches for convenience in case I have to clean/lube in the field. Yes, price is a factor. One quart of Mobil 1 will last roughly forever, I used more accidently dumping it on the bench than I have on guns.

Why Mobil 1? My gunsmith said to use it.

Lee

10mm4ever
March 28, 2011, 08:07 AM
CLP is designed for people who are in the field that dont have the time or resources to clean and then lube. There are far better cleaners and lubes out there but it does an ok job.

Rifleman1776
March 28, 2011, 08:29 AM
I agree with carsinc. Why screw around with odd ball lubes? CLP is a great product and has been my #1 go-to for as long as it has been on the market. Now, crucify me for this, but my #2 go-to lube is WD-40.
I use what works. Why mess with success?

Slamfire
March 28, 2011, 08:43 AM
Mobile One is an outstanding lubricant and that is what I use for auto pistols and AR15's. I will rub that on the surface of bolts and receivers of Garands and M1a's before I apply grease.

I believe branded gun oils are simply straight mineral oil without additives, or repackaged industrial/automotive oils.

Millions are spent every year on automotive oil research, about 2 cents a year on gun oils.

Go with the best lubricant technology. It is cheaper!

209Man
March 28, 2011, 09:03 AM
What do you guys think about this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKNcz7YqDxI

Ace_Breaker
March 28, 2011, 11:27 AM
Not sure why people would mess around with trying car lubes and other stuff when there are products specifically made for handguns off the shelf. There is no reason to risk damaging a gun or causing reliability issues with a guess. It's like trying to put gun oil in your car during the next oil change. It just does not make sense to me. CLP was the only lube allowed to touch a weapon while I was in the Marines infantry. It worked and that is still what I use. Maybe there is something better out there now with newer technology, but I won't be trying Slick 50 or Duralube to find out.

Don P
March 28, 2011, 11:44 AM
which I had been using with great results [Rig].

Rig is NOT a grease but it is a rust inhibitor to be used for long term storage.

Now where did I put that 90 wt.?

10mm4ever
March 28, 2011, 11:47 AM
That's true, standard RIG grease is a rust/corrosion inhibitor, not a lubricant. RIG+P is a lube, however.

ET.
March 28, 2011, 11:48 AM
I spent a few years in the auto additive & lubrication business as a Rep for Wynns. In the industry it was common knowledge that Slick 50 just didn't do what they touted it did. That is why you don't see the OEM dealers using it in their cars or allowing their dealers to add it to oil in their service depts. Wynns & BG are 2 of the biggest in that industry & work closely with the car manufacturers. Wynns actually manufactured a kit for Chrysler under the Mopar brand. I found a kit in my garage last month that I evidently misplaced.

The company that manufactures Slick50 was bought out by Pennzoil a few years back, so I would suspect that they made some formula changes to get Slick50 to a point where it did something, but I wouldn't use a product on my gun that was supposed to lubricate a car, when it doesn't even do that very well. I would guess that the oil base is the only thing that is actually lubricating your gun & that is just 30weight oil. Just saying...

Slopemeno
March 28, 2011, 04:10 PM
Here's how I stumbled on Slick 50 wheel bearing grease. I was building a lot of custom paintball stuff, and a friend of mine happened to be a Ford mechanic. He showed me some light blue grease Ford sold for aluminum and plastic window power tracks- which worked surprisingly well.

I used all of the sample he had given me, and when I asked about another -ahem- "sample", he told me it was the same product as Slick 50. I bought a tube of the Slick 50 and used it, and it worked really well, and he was right- same stuff, just a different color.

I've used a dab on sears on race guns, paintball gun triggers, and servo gears on R/C planes.

No idea on the engine oil as I've never used it.

Usertag
March 28, 2011, 04:14 PM
Yes I got a free Toothpaste Like tube with some in it. Its pretty good, But i preffer Hoppes #9 Oil.

chriskm1968
March 30, 2011, 06:33 PM
I discovered the slick 50 one lube when i was lubing my motorcyce chain with it. Some over sprayed onto the brake rotor and i quickly wiped it off wnad cleaned it with some solvent. The slick 50 caused my brakes to be " anti-lock" for a month. That told me it was some dang good stuff! That's why I use it on my guns.

littleman
April 2, 2011, 09:11 PM
I've used Rem Oil for a long time; got no complaints. I've lately been using Militech 1 also.

phydaux
April 2, 2011, 10:05 PM
I know there have been issues with getting gun oil on wood hardware (like the old 3-in-1 Oil my mom used in her sewing maching).

Does the same issue exist with getting CLP on wood hardware?

mapsjanhere
April 3, 2011, 08:33 AM
Just one comment on the toxic potential of teflon, it's stable up to around 280C. Gun solder melts at 260C, so you're very unlikely to heat your teflon product to decomposition temperature.

grendelbane
April 3, 2011, 08:26 PM
I would prefer to use sperm oil, but that is difficult to find these days.

An economical alternative is a 3 to 1 mix of canola oil and Dexron ATF.

Most any oil will serve to lube a firearm. Only well into the 20th century did we have any fancy gun oils, though sperm oil was an excellent lubricant.

Animal and vegetable oils were used for centuries before mineral oils came on the scene. The old ways still work.

edward5759
April 3, 2011, 09:11 PM
I did a frictional analysis once on two rifles.
It was a University project when I was working on a Masters degree. I used several oils and polishing compounds. One used Slick 50 and and J.B. bore paste, the other rifle was Kroil oil and Brasso. In this finite test the Brasso and the Kroil came out ahead. They helped in reducing the frictional coefficient. Several years later when breaking in barrels was just coming into vogue I thought I would try it on a 22-250 sheeting 50 rounds cleaning between shots then swabbing a mop with slick 50 and Brasso. it still shoots under 1/2 " :D

Edward5759