View Full Version : Whats the best lubricant/oil?

March 28, 2009, 02:57 AM
What the best lubricant/oil for a shotgun or pistol out in the open of a room where it heats up and cools down? What will preserve and make sure the gun works no matter what?

March 28, 2009, 03:19 AM
I imagine you will get a lot of opinion but I use break free and like it the best.

March 28, 2009, 03:27 AM
How does that work and where do you get it?

March 28, 2009, 03:28 AM
but externally, I mostly use Inox. Inox is good coz it doesnt evaporate as fast as WD40 does, its cheap and you can get it anywhere. Any quality GUN oil should work fine on the internals (just dont use too much, coz it causes GUNK. I have used browning and a couple of other dedicated (expensive) gun oils, they all reckon theirs is the best... but I reckon, "oils aint oils..... Right Sal!"

A good thick spray on furniture polish (spray on, let dry, wipe off) is good for timberwork.... stops water and oil getting in and natural moisture in the wood getting out. (looks purdie too) :D


March 28, 2009, 03:28 AM
Break-free is probably the most popular and works fine as does Rem-oil and Corrosion x.

March 28, 2009, 04:47 AM
The only lubes I use outside of Remoil on my .22s is CLP or LSA. Both work great although the LSA sticks around longer but CLP works well as a preservative as well. Other than they both work great, I also get it for free from work.:D

March 28, 2009, 05:16 AM
Break Free is a classic. I also use two synthetics, TSI 301 and Eesox.

March 28, 2009, 05:19 AM
K.Y. :D

March 28, 2009, 06:25 AM

For Him and Her

March 28, 2009, 06:50 AM
The glow in the dark one is cool :D

Tastes like crud tho :eek:


March 28, 2009, 07:35 AM
I also like to use Birchwood Casey Barricade - available at your local gunshop or sporting good store.


March 28, 2009, 03:13 PM
Ballistol. (http://www.ballistol.com/)

I've been using it on my weapons since early '60s.

And no, I do not have any connection with the company.:D

Dave McC
March 28, 2009, 04:50 PM
Elbow Grease!!

March 28, 2009, 05:36 PM
This is my personal choice list:

For cleaning
1) Gasoline (if its really dirty)
2) Hoppe's 9 Solvent (its great stuff)

For lubrication
1) 5w-30
2) Hoppe's 9 Lubricating Oil

Break-free - great for overall cleaning and lubricating.

I have found that certain guns seem to work better with certain combinations.

I shoot .22s by the brick every week and I have found that making sure that a solid cleaning of Hoppe's 9 solvent makes sure that it work smoothly everytime. I have found that solvent only cleaning is great for .22 which is always quite dirty. The lubrication oil usually does more harm than good especially with a semi-automatic .22.

March 28, 2009, 06:25 PM
I just used some good GunSlick and I finally feel better about storing the shotgun with some residual oil on the bore and action so it doesn't rust.

March 28, 2009, 06:49 PM
Previously posted thoughts on the matter of gun care.

The search for "the best" is never ending but you might find some useful information in the "What Lube is This?" (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250588&page=2) thread but I suggest you skip to post #26 to save some time. Another related review/test is the Gunzilla Review (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=265198).

The excerpt below is just about two years old now but my care regimen hasn't changed and all of my firearms remain pristine including the "truck gun" and the "shop gun" both of which are regularly subject to heat, cold, humidity, etc.

A little over a year ago I started this quest/review of lubricants and cleaners for firearms. I thought it might be useful to some folks to find out where we stand "longer term" thus I'm posting this update...

In the past year I've settled into a routine of using the following chemicals.

1) Outers foaming bore cleaner (When needed to remove copper fouling).
2) Gunzilla (When needed to remove heavy powder fouling and especially to help remove the plastic snot from my shotgun barrels).
3) WeaponShield Each time to clean, lube, and protect.

Militec 1, unfortunately, fell by the wayside as time went on because it simply did not seem to do a very good job of protecting my guns from my rust-promoting body chemistry. Others have had no issue with this so it may just be something specific to me which wouldn't surprise me at all <sigh>.

In spite of my "rusting" body chemistry and spending an extended period inside gun sleeves/cases/socks while we moved (twice) and got settled into the new place, all of my firearms are still spotlessly clean and completely corrosion free.

The grip screws of my carry SIG 229 continue to be the "canary-in-the-coal-mine" indicator of corrosion (what IS the deal with those damned screws?) but the worst they've gotten is just a faint hint of corrosion and a quick rub with Weaponshield on a q-tip and the problem is gone for another month or so (longer if I remember to wipe 'em down once in a while).

Wear n' tear on all my firearms seems to be well under control with no indication of lubrication failure and all of my firearms continue to operate smoothly.

All three of the chemicals in question also function with just a bare minimum amount used per cleaning so I also feel that I'm getting very good value for my money from all of the products

So one year later we have three easy to use (and easy on the nose) chemicals, a stable of happy firearms, and one satisfied gun owner.

March 29, 2009, 01:10 AM
Stos from the Ponsness Warren website is probably the best that I have ever found for lubricating and protecting your firearms.

March 29, 2009, 04:36 AM
Tetra. Oil and grease.

March 29, 2009, 08:11 AM
I won't argue what is best, but I know one that works for me. Eezox

March 29, 2009, 11:19 AM
Break Free is my personal choice.

For the internals on my shotguns - and handguns - I use a light coat of Rig oil ( Rem oil is ok too ).

March 29, 2009, 11:22 AM
10 W 30 works great just don't by the high miliage stuff its too expensive.

Mr Odd Six
March 29, 2009, 11:33 AM
Anything from sewing machine oil, to cooking oil in a pinch.

We cooked off several M-60s with weason oil from teh mess hall. Smelled like chicken frying, only louder.

For 22 years in the Army, I used LSA for bolt guns, and LSA medium for gas (& belt) guns.

Ive never been a fan of Breakfree or CLP, so I use neither in my personal firearms.

Most of my stuff is mil surp, and the LSA seems to be work great.

I do use grease in the gas gun for the rolling block bolt, and op rod. I have so much army stuff, I may never have to get into my marine grade moly grease.

Thank you tax payers for supplying me :D

March 29, 2009, 05:45 PM
While Ive heard good things about Breakfree CLP, Im inclined to cast a vote for Weapon Shield (CLP). I primarily use it as a lubricant/preservative for all of my weapons (although it is good for general cleaning duty as well) and have found it to be of very high quality.

Either way, both products should certainly prove to be more than adequate for your needs.

As a side note - I personally tend to avoid using grease as I feel its unnecessary unless dealing with extended storage (years) or possibly extreme weather conditions. Also, I have yet to allow WD-40 to touch any of my weapons. Ill save that stuff for seized/rusty/squeaking bolts. :)