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Old May 6, 2013, 09:17 PM   #26
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Wasn't WD40 designed for the USAF to protect missiles from corrosion?
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Old May 7, 2013, 08:54 AM   #27
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WD40 history.......

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD-40
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Old May 7, 2013, 09:34 AM   #28
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Wasn't WD40 designed for the USAF to protect missiles from corrosion?
Yes. It was designed to displace moisture to prevent corrosion on the outer skin and inner tanks of the Atlas missile. It was never designed to be a lubricant.

Its design is such that it leaves behind an oily residue when it dries. That's why it has the side benefit of preventing squeaks in door hinges (and gumming up firearm parts). That's about the useful extent of its lubricating properties.


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Old May 7, 2013, 02:31 PM   #29
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I use an acid brush to apply grease in all the right places, just stiff enough to apply a nice layer.
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Old May 9, 2013, 10:57 AM   #30
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Wow!! Never use WD40 on a gun. A couple of years ago one of our deputy's while attempting to qualify with his duty weapon could not get even one round in his 15 round mag to go bang. It was because he had use WD40 on his gun the year before after qualifying and the penetrating oil did what penetrating oil does and all his primers where kaput. The worst thing is he had been carrying that weapon on duty for a year.Thank god he did not have to use it.
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Old May 9, 2013, 04:52 PM   #31
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Wow!! Never use WD40 on a gun. A couple of years ago one of our deputy's while attempting to qualify with his duty weapon could not get even one round in his 15 round mag to go bang. It was because he had use WD40 on his gun the year before after qualifying and the penetrating oil did what penetrating oil does and all his primers where kaput. The worst thing is he had been carrying that weapon on duty for a year.Thank god he did not have to use it.
Sorry, if he hadn't cleaned or more importantly inspected his gun / ammo in a year...I would hardly blame WD40 or whatever lube he used. Sounds like he needs some remedial training in weapons maintenance.

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Old May 10, 2013, 01:22 AM   #32
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I like "Plastilube" on the shiney spots, and a drop & a quick wipe of "Ed's Red" everywhere else...
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Old May 11, 2013, 10:48 AM   #33
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Old May 11, 2013, 12:10 PM   #34
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I use "Shooter's Choice" grease on my firearms. It will not run up to 150 degrees F and will not freeze above -40 Degrees F.
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Old May 12, 2013, 09:39 AM   #35
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There are modern improvements to the old standby lubes. TW 25b is probably the best of the bunch (or equivalent). Synthetics do all what the older stuff did but at more extreme temperatures, so hot or cold it will work far better and is better overall as well (maybe not enough to be a major change but any improvement can and will help)

I do agree on WD40 as a standard lube but its an excellent choice if you are getting water out of a water soaked gun (follow up with a lube of course). Kroil if you have it.

I am a big proponent of the CLP. I had two semi guns that were marginally cycled with some ammo. Using that they both cycled reliable. Good for getting into the small spaces that the grease wont'' reach (at least without a complete tear-down and keeping in mind that a glock type striker does not like it as it can hold enough stuff to stop them from cycling)

As Kroil is also a lube I don't worry about that after I use it. I will if I use the Kroil Hopes 9 mix.
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Old May 12, 2013, 06:36 PM   #36
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I went to the auto parts store and picked up a tube of Green Grease for my Mini-14 (very similar to a Garand) and it seems to work just fine. Rated up to 500 degrees, stays put and doesn't dry. Plus I can load it in a grease gun for my car's bushings.

$8 for a big ol' tube.
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Old May 15, 2013, 09:28 PM   #37
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I have a big tube of Phil Wood(a racer) bike axle grease.
That happens to be just what I use. I have a big tube and you use about 1/2 a pea sized amount every time, and most of that stays on the Q-tip. Seems to work great.

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