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Old July 20, 2016, 11:04 AM   #1
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lube for the AR-15

I used a M-16/AR-15 in the military in as an LEO. I am retired from both. I bought my first AR recently. I seem to recall I used Mil-comm TW25B lube on the rails and parts of the bolt carrier group in my career. I currently have a good supply of Shooters Choice red grease, that comes in a plastic syringe. Is this okay for my AR, or should I go ahead and get the TW25B lube? Any other good choices out there? Thanks.
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Old July 20, 2016, 11:26 AM   #2
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If thats slide-glide thats very good for ar's. Been using them.for yrs

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Old July 20, 2016, 01:26 PM   #3
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You're going to get many different replies.

The late Pat Rogers told of people using almost anything slippery as an AR lube, successfully. I mean, Vagisil was even used

But his personal choice for best possible lube was SLIP 2000 EWL (Extreme Weapons Lube). This include full-auto weapons which got almost too hot to hold.

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Old July 20, 2016, 08:57 PM   #4
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Lubricants are something people WAY over think and don't need to.

All you need is a good grade heat and water resistant grease.
Most any will do fine.

I know National Match shooters who buy Lithium grease at Walmart, a hardware, or farm supply store and it works as well as the expensive stuff in tiny jars from the gun store.
Just buy some grease. If it works, you're done, move on.
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Old July 20, 2016, 09:13 PM   #5
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I like frog lube for the upper and clp and an air compressor for the lower. There's other good stuff out there, so pick something that works well for you and is readily available in your lgs.
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Old July 20, 2016, 09:40 PM   #6
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I always use CLP for everything never had an issue in any of my guns including ar's
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Old July 20, 2016, 09:50 PM   #7
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I use red wheel bearing grease on the cam pin track and bolt lugs. CLP on everything else unless it's really cold. Then I use RemOil on the BCG.
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Old July 20, 2016, 10:39 PM   #8
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Mobile 1 grease and Mobile 1 oil. A can of each will last long time. Be careful with the grease though, grease viscosity and in the wrong places will kill reliability. Oil however, hard to use too much.
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Old July 20, 2016, 11:37 PM   #9
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What Gunit said, Mobil one, however i forego the grease and use the oil on everything in the carrier. "Keep em wet" is a good motto you can burn off any excess if things require hard shooting.
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Old July 21, 2016, 05:37 AM   #10
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Mobil one... forego the grease and use the oil on everything
^^^^ THAT ^^^^
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Old July 21, 2016, 06:16 AM   #11
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Any lube is better than no lube. Pick one that you like and works in your gun and stick with it. Next to Glocks, lubes are about the most debated topic on this forum with no clear answer.
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Old July 21, 2016, 07:31 AM   #12
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"Be careful with the grease though, grease viscosity and in the wrong places will kill reliability."

I won't argue this BUT how many non-military shooters are actually out there at -25* or in a dust storm? I've had lube related failures at 0* and colder back in the old days before I knew about such things. Modern lubricants are so much better than 40 years back.
A: you don't need a heavy lube to stand up to high friction
B: even thicker modern lubricants are less likely to clot up in the cold
C: it's much easier to flush out the thicker lube and relube with appropriate cold weather lube than it once was
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Old July 21, 2016, 09:34 AM   #13
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Regular CLP or motor oil burns off around 400 degrees where EWL SLIP 2000 burns off around 1250 degrees I hate clp.
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Old July 21, 2016, 10:04 AM   #14
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I never lube anything except perhaps the sear and trigger shelf when disassembling the fire control group. Lube is nothing more than a debris attractant IMO inside the operating surfaces of an AR. Otherwise, an occasional cleaning and light rub of CLP works for me
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Old July 21, 2016, 02:12 PM   #15
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To each their own. I run my gun hard and do carbine courses every year. I've seen guns fail because of not being lubed. Ar was meant to be wet.
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Old July 21, 2016, 02:42 PM   #16
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To each their own. I run my gun hard and do carbine courses every year. I've seen guns fail because of not being lubed. Ar was meant to be wet.
Understood. I don't run my AR's hard like that--I try to make my barrels last as long and as accurately as possible. I almost never even run a 20 or 30 round mag. If you mean by "lube" a light viscous oil--then yes--I can see running a BCG wet--but not slathered with an actual thick grease-like gloop.
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Old July 21, 2016, 02:58 PM   #17
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Semi-synthetic motor oil
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Old July 21, 2016, 04:19 PM   #18
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I've been using plain old CLP for years and have never seen the need for anything else.
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Old July 21, 2016, 06:03 PM   #19
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Whatever bottle of lube is within my reach. Plain ole motor oil works.
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Old July 21, 2016, 10:11 PM   #20
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Hoppe's Elite or Mobil 1
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Old July 21, 2016, 10:20 PM   #21
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Technology has come a long way, old school CLP is a thing of the past in my opinion. Take the burn off rate for example; around 400 degrees F where as Slip EWL is over 1000 D F. Also standard CLP has pretroleum which attracks grime and dirt and what not, EWL Slip 2000 is a full synthetic and makes cleaning easier. Bottom line EWL is a better lube, just plain and simple, less wear, word.
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Old July 23, 2016, 04:35 PM   #22
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5w-20 Mobil 1. Quart should last forever.
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Old July 23, 2016, 04:41 PM   #23
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Get on Amazon and order EWL Slip 2000. Just make the jump. Its the future for gun lube. Burn off rate over 1000 degrees and operates at sub zero temps. It has no petroleum.
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Old July 23, 2016, 07:22 PM   #24
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I never lube anything except perhaps the sear and trigger shelf when disassembling the fire control group. Lube is nothing more than a debris attractant IMO inside the operating surfaces of an AR. Otherwise, an occasional cleaning and light rub of CLP works for me
I used to think that until I was issued a full auto M-16 a few years ago. It will not run totally dry. There has to be some lube in the gun to ensure reliability. Every since then, I have used a light amount of oil in my semi auto AR and heavier in the M-16.
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I never lube anything except perhaps the sear and trigger shelf when disassembling the fire control group. Lube is nothing more than a debris attractant IMO inside the operating surfaces of an AR. Otherwise, an occasional cleaning and light rub of CLP works for me
I used to think that until I was issued a full auto M-16 a few years ago. It will not run totally dry. There has to be some lube in the gun to ensure reliability. Every since then, I have used a light amount of oil in my semi auto AR and heavier in the M-16.
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I do run my AR's with light oil liberally applied--but not a heavy grease-like lube. but like I said--I do not heavily stress mine to full-auto military type standards.
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