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Old 11-24-2004, 09:30 AM
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Best Lube for a 1911?




A newbie here.

I know I read this already somewhere in the forum, but...what is the best
lube for the 1911 slide? I am a new 1911 user and want to keep both of
mine in good shape over the coming years to pass onto my two sons when
the day comes just as my dad passed on this two Smith revovlers to me.

Don't want to start a civil war among the user of "this or that", but please
advise on what you have found to be really good or point me to where in
the forum this has already been addressed. Any help here would really
be appreciated.

Already read up on how often to clean and have successfully field stripped
both my Kimber and S&W since purchasing them. Getting them apart was
not bad, but getting them back together that very first time did take a bit of
patience. Doing much better now.

Thanks
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Old 11-24-2004, 09:52 AM
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Do a search for Hoppes, FP-10 or Break Free. That will usually get you to the main battlegrounds.
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:00 AM
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Fp-10

I have tried all sorts of lubricants on my pistols, Tretra Gun grease to FP-10 (not in ranked order. I like the FP-10 best, the pistol throws out the oil it doesn't need, and a wipe with my cloth takes care of that. I tried the Tetra Gun grease on my Kimber Rimfire (al frame and slide), and it works OK for about 80 rounds, and then lots of short-stroking. I have gone back to FP-10 on it, now. I've shot 1,392 rounds thru the .22, so it should be broken in OK. Used the Grease just one session at the range on it.
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:09 AM
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cazach & chuckshoun

Thanks....I will follow up on those recommendations. The FP-10 rings a bell
now that I see it print again. Appreciate your help.
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:38 AM
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:54 AM
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I used "Tetra" brand GREASE on the rail under the slide where the disconnector ride ( I had an SST gun get galled to beat hell there..so I dont chance it anymore) and also on the barrel feet where it runs up on the slide stop. Also at detail teardown time.I apply a SMALL AMOUNT to the trigger bow where it rides in the frame..and also on the hammer and sear contact surfs.

FP-10 is used for "lube" everywhere else now BUT I still prefer BreakFree on the exterior (the LP..not CLP BreakFree)
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:57 AM
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BTW, I use the FP-10 too and am very happy with it.
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Old 11-24-2004, 11:10 AM
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KG Metal Coatings makes a dry film teflon lube that I really like. It doesn't attract sand or dirt and seems to lube quite well.
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Old 11-24-2004, 11:38 AM
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I use FP-10 and Militech-1; neither has let me down. The most rounds I've pushed through my .45 without cleaning is 550 most of which were hardball Blazer 230s, Brass cases (one long day at the range). Neither gun has ever short-stroked or FTF because of lack of lubrication.

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Old 11-24-2004, 11:50 AM
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thanks again to all for your advice!!!

Appreciate your responces. Sounds like a lot of good products out there.
I will be checking with my local range/shop to see which ones they carry.
Again...thanks.
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:09 PM
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I've been using the FP-10 and Tetra gun lube.
My brother swears by the Chip Mc Cormick "chippy lube". He says it stays put (even on the hammer/sear surfaces) and lubes quite well.
I've never tried it.
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:20 PM
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Pro Shot - ProGold

I love the ProGold stuff. It's really really thick, about like vaseline, so it sticks to everything. Results in very smooth and reliable functioning.
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:24 PM
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:44 PM
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Wilson's gun grease rocks..........
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:48 PM
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Lsa

I like LSA Medium Weapons Oil. GI. You can usually find it at gun shows or probably on line. A little goes a long way.
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:00 PM
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Tetra Grease or Wilson's grease. For everything else Kellube.
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:17 PM
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thanks again.
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Old 11-24-2004, 04:58 PM
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2nd the Kellube vote! Great Stuff!

For a grease have long been happy with TW25B....
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Old 11-25-2004, 01:22 AM
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For me it's very difficult to do serious statements about the BEST lube. I can quite easily recognize the best antirust stuff, but I don't know a reliable homemade test about lubing properties. Altough actually I'm using FP-10 and surely I'm satisfied with it, honestly I can't say if it is the best lube or not.
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Old 11-25-2004, 01:35 AM
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All of the gunsmiths and comp shooters I know use the same oil. Nothing more than Valvoline 10W40. I've used all the high-speed low drag stuff out there, and haven't found anything yet that's worked better.
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Old 11-25-2004, 03:01 AM
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Originally Posted by mitrod3
A newbie here.

I know I read this already somewhere in the forum, but...what is the best
lube for the 1911 slide? I am a new 1911 user and want to keep both of
mine in good shape over the coming years to pass onto my two sons when
the day comes just as my dad passed on this two Smith revovlers to me.

Don't want to start a civil war among the user of "this or that", but please
advise on what you have found to be really good or point me to where in
the forum this has already been addressed. Any help here would really
be appreciated.

Already read up on how often to clean and have successfully field stripped
both my Kimber and S&W since purchasing them. Getting them apart was
not bad, but getting them back together that very first time did take a bit of
patience. Doing much better now.

Thanks

personally.. i'm a big fan of Brian Enos "Slide Glide"

I use the stuff myself.. and well.. in general 1911s were originally designed to make use of grease, only stands to reason that you'd use it .. LSA medium also works good.

http://www.brianenos.com/pages/slide-glide.html
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Old 11-25-2004, 10:14 AM
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thanks again to all for your help

I will be back at my local range/shop tomorrow (yes hon, just stay as long as
you want) and find out what they have on hand among all that has been
mentioned, or a visit to my local auto parts store might be in order as some
have mentioned. I do appreciate all of advice and honesty regarding this
issue. Thanks again.
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Old 11-25-2004, 10:26 AM
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I switched from Breakfree CLP to FP-10. I like the FP-10 better as a lubricant, but I still use the Breakfree for certain cleaning tasks.

The most economical choice I've heard of is Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil. A quart of that would last a couple of years.
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Old 11-25-2004, 11:03 AM
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For grease I like Mobil 1 synthetic grease.

For oil I like Mobil 1, 15w40 or 20w50 if I can find it.

Frankly it bothers me to support the competition (ExxonMobil) but it is very good stuff.
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Old 11-25-2004, 11:35 AM
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Fp-10

Used BreakFree for 8 years until I tried FP-10 this year, never looked back. Below is who manufacturers/companies that use FP-10... taken from their site:

"Kimber Mfg. Inc., FN-Manufacturing, U.S. Repeating Arms, Detonics, Smith&Wesson (Auto Pistol Division), Wesson Arms Mfg, Caspian Arms, Olympic/Safari Arms, DSArms, Inc., Sierra Bullets, Ed Brown, Jim Clark, Jim Garthwaite, Dane Burns, Alan Marvel, Waldo Lydecker(Dean Spier), Neal Fortin, Accurate Plating & Weaponry, Bar-Sto, Walter Birdsong of Birdsong Associates, Coonan Arms, Firearms Training Consultants, Tactical Firearms Training (Charlotte, NC), Kim Ahrends, Kings Gunworks, U.S. Army National Guard, All Airborne Rangers Units, National Guards, Special Forces, Delta Force, Various other Military Units, Law Enfocement, Military Sniper Units...and countless others ......."

...must have something right if these companies/groups/organizations choose FP-10 out of all the lubricants available on the market.
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