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Thread: Alternative lubricant -- I hope you don't think I'm crazy!

  1. #11
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    I have switched to Wilson oil and grease.

    Only time will tell if it was smart.

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    I use 0-20 syn oil 25%, transmission syn oil 50% and stp additive 25% for slides

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    I don't use anything that's very thin, as it won't stay in place and do its job as it should.

    Any type of grease will work, with a drop of oil on either side of the barrel link...which is the only place I use oil.
    If it isn't durable, it isn't reliable.

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    The mix that I use is one similar to the one the military has used at least so I was told by a older gentleman that served in the Army.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collyer View Post
    The mix that I use is one similar to the one the military has used at least so I was told by a older gentleman that served in the Army.
    I find that highly unlikely. The U.S. military has specific standards for lubricants and protectives, and specific products made to their specifications for each purpose. I don't think any armorer would mix up a batch of motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, and STP (the last of which won't even be in the military supply chain, and the first two of which will be in the motor pool rather than the arms room) when there are standard products that are in the supply chain and that they are authorized (if not required) to use. And I really don't understand the logic of using a thin motor oil and then fortifying it with STP -- why not just use a heavier viscosity of motor oil? STP is not a lubricant, it's a "viscosity index improver" (which is a fancy way of saying it makes oil thicker).
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    All I know is that one of those vehicle lube blends is known as "Marine Red." Does that mean the USMC really uses it?

    As far as the suitability of vehicle or industrial lubes versus "gun oil", there is one brand that started out as an industrial gear drive lube additive. Since it didn't do anything special when used straight on a gun, I added it to my big can of Army surplus Oil, Preservative and Lubricant. Works as well as anything.

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    Sorry I said where I got it from, but that is what I use and it works. I believe the thread was asking what you use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Watson View Post
    All I know is that one of those vehicle lube blends is known as "Marine Red." Does that mean the USMC really uses it?
    I wonder if that's just an alternate name for Ed's Red.

    http://handloads.com/articles/default.asp?id=9

    http://www.brownells.com/gun-cleanin...prod19936.aspx
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    No, I recall Marine Red as Mobil 1, ATF, STP, but google brings up several formulations, none as light as Ed's Red with all that kerosene and mineral spirit.

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    I always considered 'Ed's red' as a cleaning solution not a lubricant.

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