how much oil?, and how often to clean hammer spring?

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boomer92266

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i have a sp101, and was wondering how much oil do you leave on the stainless gun? i have a friend that just lets the oil run off the gun, he says its stays smoother with alot of oil. also the hammer spring under the grips, how often do you take the grip off and oil that? i don;t shoot much the gun only has 50 rounds thru it, with 357 ammo scarce as hens teeth i'm saving what i got. i cleaned everything after i shot those 50 rounds, but the gun has been sitting in my bedroom drawer for two months. should i clean even when it ain't shot?, and should the hammer spring be cleaned when the gun hasn't been fired? and how much oil? thanks for any help.
 
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wow, I wipe her down after a shooting session, clean the barrel and cylinder, but I've never lubed anything else. My sp has been with me for greater than 8 years I think. smooth as butter trigger.
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WESHOOT2

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I highly recommend you do exactly what your owners manual tells you (available free for the asking from Ruger).

Dripping oil is not a good thing (because it CAN contaminate primers, or colect debris, or cause 'concerns' if overoiled in its chambers or bore).
Plus it ruins your clothes.....
 

Pal Val

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I polish the mainspring strut in my Ruger revolvers to a mirror finish. It tends to come pretty rough from the factory. After that, the only lubrication it needs is a tiny drop of oil after cleaning. Too much oil in a gun is unnecessary and can work against you. Oil collects gunk and turns sticky over time.

I make it a practice to wipe my carry gun daily with a silicone cloth. Stainless steel is not 100% rustproof.
 

BowenBuilt

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According to the experiment, oil will NOT seep into loaded ammunition. If Kroil didn't compromise those loaded rounds I don't think any of us have anything to worry about. I am very surprised that the puddled penetrating oil did not kill the primers on at least one round.
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Rclark

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I am very surprised that the puddled penetrating oil did not kill the primers on at least one round.
Not me ... Reason is when you seat a primer you actually 'squeeze' the primer a bit into the primer pocket. So there really should be no way moisture, oil, etc. can 'get around' the primer and into the primer cup proper. Would have to be a 'really' bad sized primer pocket in my mind. :) Another myth laid to rest. Rest in peace....

FYI, Should be able to drop a loaded shell into a cup of oil and let it set. After a week, wash off, and load and fire.....
 

BowenBuilt

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I can honestly say that it has never happened to me in the past 40 years but you constantly hear about it and the warnings everywhere. I suppose it could somehow have happened but I won't worry about it anymore.
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Yosemite Sam

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Heck, at our range we still have an old coffee can half full of oil with a hole in the top, so if you get a dud round you can drop it in and "kill" the round.

I'll have to tell all the old timers that it's bunk. :shock:

-- Sam
 

Dale53

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I can REMEMBER a police officer that lost his life because of his habit of opening the cylinder of his revolver (blued) and spraying it with WD 40 (over the bases of the cartridges). It killed the primers, his revolver misfired and he was hit.

This is NOT an urban myth. As I remember it, it was back in the sixties when the arm of choice for the police departments was a revolver.

By the way, the military uses a lacquer around the primer to seal the primer pocket (guess they just do it for fun as there is no real need for it, huh?).

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Spike12

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OK, Wait a minute....

On the one had we're seeing 'proof' of the primer's seal. But on the other we're talking about **complete** immersion.

TWO different things. I can believe that there's basically no leakage around the primer, but what about the bullet and case? That's a whole 'nuther can of worms.

IN any event, IMHO: oiling bullets is a total waste of time and asking for problems. Why would somebody do that? To prevent the brass from rusting? Duh!

I keep my guns pretty dry. Some *light* lube on moving parts and the rest are just left clean. Wear? Give me a break! Have an idea how many bazillion rounds you'd have to fire before you actually wore out, through it in the trash, a gun?

I had and seen too many problems from guns being too wet. A gun that's dripping oil is a problem waiting to happen.
 

Tommy Kelly

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I have worked on guns for about 30 years oil is a guns worst enemy never oil a gun. I use baby diapers for gun rags and oil the rags and wipe the guns with that I take my guns down and wipe every part and put them back together. that's all they need.
 

Pal Val

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+1 to Tommy Kelly.
My "babies" are now 29 and 25, and I still am using some of their old diapers for cleaning my guns. Both were allergic to paper diapers, so I ended up with a fairly large supply of the cloth ones.
 
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