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Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? #6364743
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Just curious if gunsmiths recommend a particular oil for best lubrication and protection of guns. I've used 3 in 1, whatever Walmart has, army surplus, etc. I have a little Browning gun oil left in an old can, but I never see that for sale.

Maybe a better question is what not to use.

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Hoppe's oil for me, but i'm no gunsmith.

Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Kyt] #6364754
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I bought a spray can of Kroil to free up my reloading press and it did wonders on an old pump shotgun. Like the smell too.

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I'm not a gunsmith.

I've read several horror stories on gun/shooting forums about using WD40 on gun actions... It seems that it breaks down and leaves a gummy varnish that slows/stops actions. Seems it's ok for the bore corrosion wise, but a no-no for moving parts. Again... That is only second-hand knowledge. So take it for what it's worth.

I use CLP on all my guns. A light film is all I use and I reapply from time to time if guns have sat in storage. I even use it on my muzzleloaders, but I wipe the bore with a patch soaked in alcohol before I shoot.

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Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Kyt] #6364760
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I'm curious to hear the answer too. I've been using RemOil forever. I'm not saying it's the best or anywhere near it. It works for me though. If folks with knowledge on the subject recommend something better, I'll gladly give it a try.


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Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Kyt] #6364790
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Inspired by "Ed's red" I use a 50/50 mix of transmission fluid and kerosene. More specifically Dextron and the clear deodorized kero. These are the lubricating/preserving ingredients use in Ed's red. If you want something more aggressive to clean bores look up the recipe adding two more ingredients.


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Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: T-Rex] #6364793
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Not a gunsmith but have had good luck with Singer Sewing machine oil.

Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Lugnut] #6364810
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Originally Posted By: Lugnut
I've been using RemOil forever.
Same here. Was recommended to me by a gunsmith. Doesnít gum up in cold weather.

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It's been a few years since I was making/repairing rifles and there may be some more new ones out I haven't tried, but I think Rem Oil is good, been using it. Break Free CLP (I think it was) was OK too. What I seen with 3 in 1 or other sewing machine oils is over the years they turn to a hard to remove varnish and cause a lot of cussing, hate that stuff. Basically even with good oil very little does good, too much helps things go bad. WD is good for a cleaning wipe kind of thing more than a lube, in my experience.

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Ballistol. Its not just a gun oil for sure. Disinfects cuts and helps healing wounds , calm insect bites and stings. I have a bottle in the medicine cabinet, one in the truck, one in the trailer a few on the boats, range bag hunting rucksack. We have been using the stuff in our family as long as I can remember.


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Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Kyt] #6364838
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Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Mike in A-town] #6364839
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Originally Posted By: Mike in A-town
I'm not a gunsmith.

I've read several horror stories on gun/shooting forums about using WD40 on gun actions... It seems that it breaks down and leaves a gummy varnish that slows/stops actions. Seems it's ok for the bore corrosion wise, but a no-no for moving parts. Again... That is only second-hand knowledge. So take it for what it's worth.

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Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: T-Rex] #6364852
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Originally Posted By: T-Rex
Inspired by "Ed's red" I use a 50/50 mix of transmission fluid and kerosene. More specifically Dextron and the clear deodorized kero. These are the lubricating/preserving ingredients use in Ed's red. If you want something more aggressive to clean bores look up the recipe adding two more ingredients.

yessir it will cut the plastic and lead but don't get it on the wood!!!!!!! very good recipe

Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Kyt] #6364858
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Hoppes #9 and ed's red are really cleaning solvents. they will prevent corrosion for short term as will a lot of oils. For longer term storage/peservation, something that doesn't evaporate, is indicated. I use RIG gun grease for that. Also pivot pins in break open shotguns should always have an application of grease NOT oil.
Don't forget that penetrating oils (WD40) can travel around crimps or primer pockets to contaminate powder in guns that are kept loaded. My 2 cents.

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100% RemOil for me for the last 20+ years, I like it.

Kroil was mentioned above and it's a great penetrating oil, use it by the case at work and it's great for its intended purpose.

Never tried Kroil on my guns, but could see it working well on a fouled stubborn bore clean out...The strong odor it puts out might spook game if you wiped a gun down with it, but that might be just some paranoia on my part.


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Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Kyt] #6364887
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Rem Oil has Teflon, a rust inhibitor, and is in a carrier that will evaporate off after being applied. Leaves a dry, lubricated surface with rust inhibitor. Remington recommends it in the owners manuals. It's a DuPont product. WD-40 is BAD for moving parts. Gums up just like mentioned above. For outside application in bad weather or when storing RIG grease is good. Just soak a small cotton rag and wipe to cover any exposed surface.

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Iím not a smith but have used a bunch of different gun lubes over the years. My two favorites were Rem-oil and/or CLP until I tried ALG Defense go-juice.

https://algdefense.com/alg-go-juice-lubricant-4-oz.html

The also make a 0000 very thin grease that is good as well

I first picked up samples at an outdoor show three or four years ago at the Geissele Automatics booth. In chatting with Bill Geissele a lot of R&D went into both of them.

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Re: Gunsmiths--what is the best gun oil? [Re: Kyt] #6364924
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I'll start by saying I'm not a gunsmith, just an auto mechanic. I say synthetic motor oil for anything tightly fit (most of our guns don't fit this category, think $2000 1911 for tightly fit. Ar15 gas rings are tightly fit though.). Everything else gets grease, either white lithium if it's something you'd spray, or wheel bearing grease if it's something you'd wipe.

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As a former Glock armorer for a police department we used Militech and I still use it to this day. The Combat Arms folks also used it at the Air Force base that I was assigned to.

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