View Poll Results: Grease or Oil or Both or Dry Lube?

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  • Grease Only

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  • Oil Only

    18 37.50%
  • Grease and Oil

    22 45.83%
  • Dry Lube Only

    1 2.08%
  • Depends, Other, Combinations

    4 8.33%
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    Grease or Oil or Both or dry lube? The neverending debate

    For handguns is grease better, oil better, or a combination of grease and oil or this is for the dry lube fans?
    If you answer both, please commend where you use grease and where you use oil: slide, trigger, hammer, etc.
    If you like dry-lubes, say why and how you use them.

    Thanks for your comments and your votes!

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    In general:
    If it rotates oil it.
    It it slides, grease it.
    There are exceptions, read the instructions when in doubt.

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    follow the instruction in your owners manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedDeBearFrmHell View Post
    follow the instruction in your owners manual
    Ted's right people,The maker tells you what to do.

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    Yea, I am sure we ALL follow the manufacturer's recommended practices!

    Cat and Ted: What do you use on your guns?
    Is it a secret?

    I forgot: We know Ted uses Wesson Oil...but do you use Crisco when you need grease?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cclaxton View Post
    Yea, I am sure we ALL follow the manufacturer's recommended practices!

    Cat and Ted: What do you use on your guns?
    Is it a secret?

    I forgot: We know Ted uses Wesson Oil...but do you use Crisco when you need grease?
    the salad shooter manual calls for wesson oil NOT crisco.... the cookie dough shooter manual calls for crisco.... again , follow the instructions

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    I use this on everything (Flitz),I even do everyone of my ammo all so. Grease high temp grease is the very best you can use. For oil just any good high temp oil. ------Here's one for you----A automatic transmission oil. There are two types. Type F & Dexron III. You put the F type in where Dex go's in to. Next your trans will blow out seals and gaskets. That is why I read a owners manual. To no no what type of oil or grease they say to use. Some oils & grease have add acid to it.So read upppppp...

    Ps If you like Crisco go for it. Let us all know how good it works for you..

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    Metal to metal contact gets grease, for preservation it's oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cclaxton View Post
    Yea, I am sure we ALL follow the manufacturer's recommended practices!

    Cat and Ted: What do you use on your guns?
    Is it a secret?

    I forgot: We know Ted uses Wesson Oil...but do you use Crisco when you need grease?
    I wish there was a Like button on here, cosign cclaxton

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedDeBearFrmHell View Post
    follow the instruction in your owners manual
    +2

    So keep both (Grease & Oil) on hand.

    Lateck,

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    Quote Originally Posted by cclaxton View Post
    . . . Thanks for your comments and your votes!
    I finally got around to asking her: The guys and girls on the Handgun Forum want to know what floats your boat ? grease ? oil ? dry lube ?

    After I recovered from the slap to my face, and checked for loose teeth,
    she said:

    And, if you ever even consider DRY LUBE you're gonna be missing a part of your body YOU think is essential !

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanP_from_AZ View Post
    I finally got around to asking her: The guys and girls on the Handgun Forum want to know what floats your boat ? grease ? oil ? dry lube ?

    After I recovered from the slap to my face, and checked for loose teeth,
    she said:

    And, if you ever even consider DRY LUBE you're gonna be missing a part of your body YOU think is essential !
    Protecting your gun is certainly one of the main things!

    Maybe dry-lube is a bad idea!

    Funny!

    CC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overkill0084 View Post
    In general:
    If it rotates oil it.
    It it slides, grease it.
    There are exceptions, read the instructions when in doubt.
    I follow this same philosophy with my handguns & bolt action rifle... no issues. Just make sure you use a grease that dissipates with use and dosen't gum up with nasty stuff.

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    The environment your gun will be exposed to might be considered.
    sand, dirt, windy.
    The grease will catch particles. Over oiling has a better chance of leaving the area's over oiled, grease hangs around.
    Oil them, wipe them down. We clean our guns to get rid of foreign build up.
    Adding grease to an already tight tolerance slide can increase pressure within the slide creating issues. Grease has to be used with extreme care, in my opinion.
    I have always cleaned my guns, oiled them and wiped the oil off completely leaving just a film coating of oil behind.

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    What about Hornady one-shot cleaner and dry lube? seems like a great idea,,,,if it works?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marconewt View Post
    What about Hornady one-shot cleaner and dry lube? seems like a great idea,,,,if it works?
    This is what I use for my carry guns. Works fine. I've been using it for years. I either use this or a quality silicone spray such as CRC Heavy Duty Silicone Spray. These products attract the least amount of dust, dirt, and debris in your carry guns. Modern polymers, like the Glock, XD, and M&P do very well with these products.

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    None of the above.
    I am a gun cleaning fanatic.
    My Father and then my Uncle Sam taught me to keep everything like new at every opportunity after use, because you never know how long it could be or how much use your firearms will get before they can be properly field stripped and scrubbed.

    I've got a bushel basket full of Break Free, Rem Oil, EzOx, Gun Butter, Moly Bore, Kroil, and just about every cleaning, lube, and preservative product made. Whenever something new would show up in the Brownells Catalog I would buy it. It all works. Some works better than others, and certainly all bore cleaners and defouling elixirs are not created equally. I need to re-divide my cleaning stuff, because I still use bore cleaners and solvents, but I use no petroleum based product on any of my firearms (that I’ve shot in the last year and a half) any longer. I've tried them all, grew up using Hoppes products, but now there is no point.

    Frog Lube and Seal Lube are so vastly superior to anything I've ever tried I've been slowly transitioning everything over for the last year and a half. There are still plenty of long guns that have petroleum based still on them, but nothing I've shot since I found and started using the FL and SL CLP. They're entirely synthetic, and darn near food grade (which I could care less about).

    There are two disadvantages. The first is that it doesn't mix with anything petroleum. Your guns have to be completely degreased (either sonically, Simple Green, or degreaser aerosol). If you leave oil on them it doesn't work. It has to go on bare hot metal.
    The second is that the CLP has to be applied to hot metal (just cool enough to handle comfortably). I use a heat gun to heat the metal before applying, and then sometimes wave it over a treated area. You could use a hair dryer but it would take much longer. The time you lose heat gunning your shooting irons, to prep them for CLP, is saved with a healthy return the next time you clean them. That's where the disadvantage ends.
    The FL and SL (SL is the viscous paste, and FL has a thinner consistency cold) turns very thin when hit with heat, and coats the metal like Teflon. It works the same way too. Fouling simply doesn't stick to it, and dirt doesn't stick to it like grease. They say it completely protects against salt water too, but I have no experience with that. You'll take a treated pistol and you can literally clean it by wiping it off after use. You hardly need brass brushes anymore (I still use them because old habits die hard). It somehow makes the metal resist all fouling or buildup. I'm not a chemist and have no idea what it's actually doing that is different from petroleum based, but I can tell you that it works exactly as advertised, which is allot more than I can tell you about any other gun cleaning product that requires a great deal of elbow grease to get a firearm truly clean.

    Even after a total degrease on a "clean" firearm I was totally shocked by how much fouling and gunk came off the first time I cleaned and lubed a AR with the Frog Lube, but it is the second time you clean with it that you'll really be shocked. My bushel basket has been replaced by a tiny metal one with one bottle of Frog Lube, one applicator, and a small jar of Seal Lube. I have always been completely skeptical of gun cleaning wonder products, but this is totally different. I can't bring myself to just give away all my traditional gun cleaning stuff, and you have to buy a whole new set of cleaning gear for the Frog Lube (if your old set is covered in oil like mine it would defeat the purpose).

    I don't know what else to say other than if you're like me and absolutely have to have completely clean firearms you will pull your hair out if you've invested as much as I have in cleaning produces, because you won't need any of them after trying this. It’s a hassle to change over buy once you do you will only look back for sentimental reasons. The heat gun thing has just become part of the cleaning routine. It was a hassle at first but now I don’t even think about it.

    Try it. You will be bowled over if you shoot a lot and clean a lot of guns. It works like nothing else.
    I wish I owned some stock, because the other Mfg.s better either start copying this stuff or they’re going to get waxed in the marketplace.

    FrogLube | The World's Only Complete Bio Based 'Green' Weapons Care system, Solvent and CLP USDA Approved

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    Well, as long as we are starting up this topic again...

    I DO care about non-toxic and food grade. Sheesh, we get exposed to enough crap with this sport as it is. So, as long as it is effective, I try for that.
    My current:
    CLP: Ballistol - mineral oil with bio-degradable cleaning stuff in it
    Grease: NLGI grade 0 - currently Lubriplate SFL-0 - food grade - mineral oil with aluminum soap in it.

    Both are effective, non-toxic, and cheap.

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    AR's run wet, 1911 I run wet, M&P not so much. The oil is Wilson's red stuff.

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    I have also been using the frog lube and after several applications I am extremely impressed. I know many people are very set in their cleaning routines but this stuff really works. Definitely worth trying. Frog Lube don't look back.

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    I was told several years ago (when I was shooting shotgun comp. around the Country) by the owner of one of the largest if not the largest manufacture of after market triggers to never oil or grease a trigger. He said if you oil it the parts never marry and you invite dirt and grit into it. If the parts properly marry the steel will lubricate itself.

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