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Anyone using ATF Fluid in place of gun oil?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by ThemGunsThough, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. ThemGunsThough

    ThemGunsThough RIP City! Well-Known Member

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    I've been doing some research and it seems like ATF seems to be a popular alternative to gun oil. I was wondering if anyone here has personal experience using ATF fluid over regular gun oil. I have been thinking of doing the switch but would like to do some due diligence before I do so.

    Any input appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    A couple of guys I know use it and it's just fine.
     
  3. ThemGunsThough

    ThemGunsThough RIP City! Well-Known Member

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    Awesome, i'm thinking of getting some synthetic ATF or synthetic blend. I haven't actually smelled ATF before and heard that it is pretty horrible. However, I am all for it if it functions fine and doesn't mess up my guns.
     
  4. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    Heck, I never thought it smelled bad. Certainly nothing like brake fluid. YUK.
     
  5. BSG 75

    BSG 75 Oregon Well-Known Member

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    While you can use automatic transmission fluid on firearms, what is the advantage of doing so, when there are so many great products designed specifically for firearms? It doesn't make sense.

    Can you put ketchup, mustard, and relish on an ice cream sundae? Sure. Can you put oil and vinegar salad dressing on your Cheerios? Of course. But why would anyone do that? Just to be different? I don't get it.

    Excuse me while I put Break-Free in my transmission, and Hoppe's No. 9 in my windshield washer fluid reservoir.
     
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  6. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    It works well in cold weather, where breakfree gets gummy and oil can thicken up.
     
  7. 22many

    22many PNW Well-Known Member

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    Transmission fluid has many uses. It is also a great degreaser. As far as putting some on my gun, I would if it didn't smell so bad.
     
  8. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Screw the ATF...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................oil
     
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  9. nwo

    nwo Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Other than ATF fluid being a lot cheaper compared to a relativly small bottle of quality gun oil, I don't see any reason to use it.
    A bottle of oil lasts forever anyway, and it was designed for gun use, not your transmission.
     
  10. krkruse

    krkruse Salem area Active Member

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    Sometimes I replace my ATF with gun oil.
     
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  11. ThemGunsThough

    ThemGunsThough RIP City! Well-Known Member

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    Out of all the above comments, that one made me laugh.
     
  12. supergenius

    supergenius 206 Active Member

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    Ive used Royal Purple 10/30. WOrks great LOL
     
  13. ThemGunsThough

    ThemGunsThough RIP City! Well-Known Member

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    Anyways, i'm looking for more feedback from people who have actually USED ATF as gun oil.
     
  14. 009

    009 Jellystone road sw Member

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    think about it now, but doesn't kroil have the same look, consistency etc. (i like the kroil smell)
    i am looking further into it also.
    thanks, 009.
     
  15. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I use bio diesel.
     
  16. BSG 75

    BSG 75 Oregon Well-Known Member

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  17. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I started using ATF about five years ago, after doing similar research, and have never looked back. Why? It works very well and it is inexpensive. I recommend that you try it.
     
  18. 009

    009 Jellystone road sw Member

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    i clean w/diesel.
     
  19. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    It works really well if your gun has a compression ratio of at least 15:1. :laugh:
     
  20. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I guess the question should be, what makes gun oil "gun oil"? And, what other more affordable oils are as good as and maybe even better for our guns? Same questions should be asked about gun grease. No doubt Break Free is great, but, do we need Break Free products for everything, every time? Questions to ask yourself if you are one of those who shoot their guns often and clean them every time you come back from the range. Not all of us live and shoot our guns under extreme environmental conditions.

    The money I spent on marketing does not lube my gun.