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Is there an effective "dry" lube for guns?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by jrprich, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Is there an effective "dry" lube for guns?

    It seems hard not to over lubricate with the usual gun oils like Break Free and Slip 2000. I am tired of oily actions. :(
    Has anyone found a dry gun lubricant that works for them? :huh:

    Thanks in advance,
    Jim
     
  2. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    a guy i know used militec-1 while serving in Irac he said its good stuff. i have not used it yet can't seem to find it locally and i like the smell of CLP but midway has it
     
  3. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Which parts of which weapons are you lubricating? For most of my personal applications I prefer gun grease over gun oil.
     
  4. djgaloot

    djgaloot Oregon City Member

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    I have some spray dry lube with teflon that works well in many shop applications, I wonder how that would work. It would need to be heat resistant of course.
     
  5. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Thanks,
    Trigger and bolt assemblies. Which gun grease do you favor?
     
  6. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    When the M-16 was first introduced to the troops and they found how difficult it was to keep it trouble free some made requests in their letters home to send them a couple cans of "Dri Slide" in their next "Care Package". Dri Slide had been used for years among the Bicycle and Motorcycle riders. It's merely Molybdenum DiSulfide in a carrier that drys off after applied. A lot like Lock Ease only that's graphite.

    There are some that claim Teflon Sprays are good but I've found that teflon treatments need to be applied like powder coating to be really effective.

    As for Militec-1, it's just as Gooey as CLP and I haven't noticed any greater performance in any of the 7 Semi-Auto weapons I own.

    In the end though, if you use something like Dri Slide, you may be just trading "oily" for "filthy". Moly is black and stains like ink. It does make a weapon work well in sandy/muddy/ dirty/wet environments. Just ask anyone that served in Vietnam during the mid 60's.

    Here's a source if you're interested or just check out a Motorcycle shop. Dirt bikers still like it.

    https://www.russack.com/view_doc.php?view_doc=46&catname='Dri-Slide%20Weapons%20Lubricant,%20Improved
     
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    Old Hick Oregon Active Member

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    hatchj Milwaukie, OR Member

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    We bought a 2 oz jar of Molybdenum DiSulfide in a powder dry for (not in a tube) and it CAN be really messy, but it works pretty good. I used it on the slide rails and my hi power was noticeably more smooth feeling. It definitely doesn't take much, and it just wipes off when you want to reapply it.
     
  9. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    As someone pointed out in another thread a few months ago you can get the Liquid Wrench chain lube - it was developed for use with chain saws and motorcycle chains so it won't damage most plastics or rubber (O rings in bike chains). It is intended to be used on chains and cables - essentially it is a fairly light spray molly grease that penetrates and "drys" so it won't be slung off of a moving bike chain. after spraying it takes between 40 and 60 min to dry leaving a slick molly grease residue that will not drip after the dry time. I have tried this and it seems to work quite well and provides resistance to corrosion as well. The bonus is that it is available at most hardware stores and fairly inexpensive compared to "purpose built" gun lubes.
     
  10. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to all for the suggestions and advice.

    Jim
     
  11. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter North Bend OR Active Member

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    You could get your parts treated with Cerakote Micro Slick. It's clean and it works very well.
     
  12. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Want some real eye-openers on those "purpose built" lubes, just get hold of the MSDS sheet for the product. Look at the active ingredients and compare with the plain old "Generics".

    Just like in the world of Boats, products go way up in price where a picture of a boat is applied to the can and it's labeled "Marine".
     
  13. Rapid1

    Rapid1 Eugene Member

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    +1

    This is exactly what I use. A quick spray on a rag, run the bore snake and wipedown is all that is required after a range session. A thin smear of grease every now and then and good to go.

    Eezox also works well on knives and other tools...nothing sticks to it once it is coated. I haven't needed any solvents or oils for a long time.

    Smells good too! LOL
     
  14. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I've thought about trying that but I keep hearing from metallurgist type folks in gun forums that sometimes graphite reacts with aluminum and can cause corrision so I've been reluctant to try it on aluminum parts like 22 conversion slides on 1911s.
     
  15. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Hornady One-Shot dry lube.
     
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    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    I too would like something that actually works. Tried some drylube spray that I got for free and threw the can away it was so horrible.
    Mike
     
  17. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    My pistols get a light application of my special Gun Oil. It comes from what I drain out of my motor oil containers after changing oil on my truck. I usually get enough from draining 7 empty quart bottles, for a day or so, to lube my pistols for a year. Since I use only premium synthetic oil in my truck that's what my pistols get. Just enough to lube the mechanism/slide. Not enough to splash on my glasses when I fire it.

    At one time or another I've tried just about everything but always end up back with good motor oil. A good wipe down after lubing goes a long way to keep the oil where it belongs.

    I've also found that carbon fouling on my AR's doesn't seem to be as bad with the synthetic oil.

    Now if anyone just had a cure for all the "exhaust blow back" from the AR's. Last time I went shooting with my Grandson we both came back looking like Coal Miners. Even got the blowback from one of my AR's with the expensive charging handle that's supposed to stop that.
     
  18. IheartGUNS

    IheartGUNS WaCo Well-Known Member

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  19. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Yep, tried it and I do like it. Not exactly dry but it seems to work very well. Time will tell.

    Thanks to all,
    Jim