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 Post subject: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:45 pm 
Single-Sixer

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Ok, here we go again, but I need opinions (? what am I doing?) on which you all feel is the superior lube for the 1911. I have been using RIG grease, but have used Tetra in the past. Just seeking a consensus, and yes I know this is opening a whup ass can of worms.


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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:54 pm 
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In 67 years of shooting and pissing away all my money on lubricants I NEVER USED A SINGLE ONE THAT DID NOT WORK JUST FRICKIN' FINE, thank you very much !!!
DO NOT make mountains outta molehills nor think that goop ain't just goop PERIOD.

And so it goes....


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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:53 pm 
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Some people put a lot of stock in different specialty oils or greases. I usually just use synthetic motor oil. It works fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:04 pm 
Shootist

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Mike J wrote:
Some people put a lot of stock in different specialty oils or greases. I usually just use synthetic motor oil. It works fine.


BINGO !!!

And so it goes...


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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:16 pm 
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My neighbor said to use the synthetic motor oil too. Ok, I knew this was a worm can waiting to be opened.


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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:58 pm 
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Go to the Gunblue490 channel on YouTube. He has an SR1911, and he uses no lubricant at all. That’s right: Zero. Zilch. Zip. Nada. He says his gun works just fine. He is retired now, but was an armorer for a police department.


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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:14 pm 
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When I worked in US Customs (before they ruined it with Homeland Security BS) we had a dry treatment we used. NEVER lubed again unless you cleaned it with acetone or something similar. Then re-treat and go again. Can't remember the name though.


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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:30 pm 
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I clean my guns with Break Free CLP, and use Weapon Shield as a lubricant (which is really a cleaner and lube combination.) I wish I could use Ballistol, which is a wonderful CLP product, but I just can't go the smell. (I guess I could use a clothes pin on my nose.) If you can stand the smell, it does a great job.

I haven't used grease in a while...the Weapon Shield works fine for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:16 pm 
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When ya get right down to it, the 1911 pistol is just a machine, and as any mechanic can tell you, all machinery runs best when clean and properly oiled. As to what "properly" means when applied to a 1911 though, depends on which exact material any one particular version is made from, the anticipated operating conditions, and so forth and so on...

My point being that what's best for one may not be best for another...which when ya think about it, may account for the wide range of recommendations we get from different owners.
Just speaking for myself, I've only owned 1911's which were made from carbon steel, so I've always followed the US Army 1911A1 manual. On the other hand, if I had a stainless gun and didn't know for sure what to use, I'd probably contact it's manufacturer for guidance.

But that's just me and how I look at it.

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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:03 pm 
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I've used everything from WD-40 to LSA to CLP and it all worked fine. Few years back I read someone recommending Tetra grease for the slide rails and I tried it and I swear the gun ran noticeably smoother. So that's my standard 1911 slide rail lube now. One caveat: You'll have to clean it out and replace it every so often or it will get gritty with burned powder. How often depends on how often you shoot. But it's not really any big deal.

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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:37 am 
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Snake45 wrote:
I've used everything from WD-40 to LSA to CLP and it all worked fine. Few years back I read someone recommending Tetra grease for the slide rails and I tried it and I swear the gun ran noticeably smoother. So that's my standard 1911 slide rail lube now. One caveat: You'll have to clean it out and replace it every so often or it will get gritty with burned powder. How often depends on how often you shoot. But it's not really any big deal.

I like Tetra. Used it on my shotty. As for cleaning. Yep, I clean everything all the way everytime anyway. I fear the slide not working when I need it most.


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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:46 am 
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Just My .02 .. I use stp. Oil Treatment On My Rails only. FP10 On Everything Else. S.T.P. On A Qtip...


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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:44 pm 
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I love the smell of Hoppe's #9 after the hunt! And whatever oil is on my bench.
Usually 3 in 1, been using it since I was a pup. (1940)
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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:45 pm 
Hunter

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FWIW I have played around with different oils & greases. My old Ruger P-series only ever had 2 malfunctions. One was ammo related. The other I had used some Shooters Choice (IIRC) grease on the rails. I had overlubed. I had a FTE. After clearing it I locked the slide open & looked in. The grease had migrated everywhere inside the pistol. I did use it after that but very sparingly.

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 Post subject: Re: Lubricants
PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:39 pm 
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Kimber recommends FP-10 and I use that a bunch.

While I was on another board several years back they came out with a
new one called Slipstream. $15 for two ounces, but I decided to try it.
WOW! I'm impressed. I use it for the slide and rails, with FP-10 for the
rest of it.
. . . WARNING, warning War Story . . . SIL was up here for vacation a
few years back with a brand new, in the box, Colt. He was cleaning it
one night because we were going to the range the next day.
I suggested the Slipstream, and his expression was "ok, Father in law, I'll
try it" and handed it to me to put the Slipstream on. I did and handed it
back. Talk about your deer in the head lights expression. His immediate
response was WHERE DO I GET SOME?

IMO, use what ever you like.
What I use works fine for me.
YOU need to use what works best for you.

P.S. I think motor oil is for cars. I'll use oil developed for guns.
MY . . . CHOICE.

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