Skip to comments.Letter Re: Synthetic Motor Oil as a Gun Lubricant in TEOTWAWKI
Posted on 09/05/2012 4:09:22 PM PDT by Kartographer
We discovered that the regular issue Cleaner, Lubricant, Protectant (CLP) [which is a Mil-Spec lubricant, sold commercially under the trade name "Break Free CLP".] CLP was contributing to the problem more than fixing it. It is true that we cleaned our weapons daily sometimes two or three times depending on conditions and enemy activity. Our M16/ M4s would function properly as long as they were cleaned routinely. Problems would occur when troops were engaged for prolonged times and couldn't risk breaking down their weapons to clean out all the dirt. We would simply pour in more CLP. An AR-15 type rifle will fire and function dirty as long as it is liberally lubricated. The problem is the more oil you pore down the bolt and into the chamber the more dirt it collects. What we discovered is that using Mobil1 synthetic motor oil usually in a 0w30 or 5w30 works much better than the CLP. At $10 per quart it is on the expensive side as motor oils go. But when compared to CLP or Rem Oil that are usually sold in 6 ounce containers at $5 to $6 it is much more cost effective. We also experimented with it on out crew served weapon systems. We found it to out perform the (Lubricant, Small Arms (LSA) used on the M2 (.50 Cal Browning machinegun) and MK-19 (40mm grenade launcher).
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When it comes to keeping a weapon clean and ready I always listen to a Marine!
Why not use a dry lube in a dusty/sandy environment?
Seems that I’ve read that the soviets discovered that mixing a bit of gasoline with the oil kept the oiled parts moving freely during the winter siege of Stalingrad.
I’ve heard of using automatic transmission fluid.
I have no answer for you. Possible another FReeper does, but I repeat when it comes to maintaining and cleaning weapons when a Marine speaks I listen.
It's made here in Louisiana and there's a lot of petroleum industry/drilling technology in there. It outperforms any other lubricant/protectant I've ever used, but I still use Hoppes #9 to clean and break down fouling.
Caking? See post #9
Dri-Slide contains Molybdenum Disulphide which is a great lubricant especially in high heat, high pressure situations.
I use it on my guns and airguns. I remember my Daisy Powerline airguns say to use 30 weight non-detergent motor oil for both lubrication and protection.
I have often wondered how well synthetic motor oil would do for gun oil. It is really cheap compared to the name brands. I know it is expensive for motor oil but in motor oil quantities it is pretty cheap per ounce.
I thought you used saliva and silt to lubricate Mosin’s, no?
Hoppes #9 is also a fine mens cologne, it attracts conservative women, and it repels libtards AND mosquitos I believe... ;-)
Or you could buy an AK47, which can use sand and dust as a lubricant. (I’m joking, but just barely)
Not disagreeing with y’all, understand, but wasn’t the malfunction issue found to be carbonates from the caustic wash Winchester used to neutralize the acids used in manufacture of the propellent?
Regular old 30/wt motor oil has long been known to be superior to most lubes and protectants. Any self-loading action will gunk up if it gets enough crap in it, including the AK.
“Or you could buy an AK47, which can use sand and dust as a lubricant. (Im joking, but just barely)”
No joke. My buddy dug an AK out of a stream bed in Viet Nam, ran a cleaning round down the tube and ripped off a whole magazine.
On the other hand, my 16 not only needed daily cleaning, but the ammo had to be wiped off periodically as well.
I use carburator cleaner in my Benelli shotgun and my AR-15.
Macnamara’s whiz kids changed the powder from the one Stoner specified for his gun to a cheaper type the army already had on hand. A lot of Americans died to save a few cents on gunpowder.
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