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Old August 18, 2011, 11:59 PM   #1
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CLP or grease - need advice

So I was cleaning my late grandfather's JC Higgins Model 30 .22 rifle (probably for the first time in it's long life) a couple years ago and stripped off what I believed to be grease. I sprayed everything down with CLP and reassembled and thought nothing about it until recently when I picked it up again.

Three questions:
1.) Was there grease on the gun to begin with? (this gun was made many many years ago)
2.) Was I wrong to remove it and replace it with CLP?
3.) Should I put grease back on? What kind?

Thanks for the help.
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Old August 19, 2011, 01:24 AM   #2
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Are you going to utilize the rifle from time to time, or set it up in the safe never to be fired again as an heirloom? Makes a tad bit of difference. CLP is fine if you're gonna shoot it- if not, then I vote for cosmoline, RIG, or a synthetic wheelbearing or general purpose grease.

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Old August 19, 2011, 01:47 PM   #3
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What you're likely cleaning off is oil that's turned to goo after 30 or more years. I've cleaned hundreds of guns, and they can be full of what seems to turn to tar after a couple of decades.

I doubt any grease was used on your rifle. CLP is fine- it's what all my stuff is lubed with.
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Old August 20, 2011, 12:25 AM   #4
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Hi. My condolences for your loss.
Knew a guy who kept several CF 1919 MG's working with one wee bottle of LSA. LSA is the military version of CLP. CLP stands for Cleaner, Lubricant, Preservative. Won some .45 tracers at Second Chance for knowing that.
In any case, your rifle(actually a High Standard Model 583. J.C. Higgins was a Sears brand name) will be just fine with CLP.
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Old August 22, 2011, 05:06 PM   #5
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Hey all, thanks for your responses, help, and condolences. I'll be sure to lube it with CLP. Now if only I could find a mag plunger for it...
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Old August 22, 2011, 06:04 PM   #6
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Try Gun Parts Corporation. Keep in mind that same item was probably used on several "house brand" versions of the same gun, so knowing all the alternate models might help.
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Old August 23, 2011, 07:01 AM   #7
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I agree with the others. It was probably WD-40, which seems to be a favorite among sportsmen to gum up a gun. Could be old oil too.
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Old August 24, 2011, 08:57 AM   #8
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Short term storage CLP will work and for longer term storage I recommend RIG grease. I had a Remington Gamemaster stored in a soft sided gun case for 20 years and all it was coated with was RIG. Not a speck of rust ANYWHERE.
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