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Old 03-31-2009, 09:01 AM
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Favorite Lubricants for Slides/Frames

I personally have been using Tetra Gun Grease on my 1911 slides and any moving parts in the frames that might have sufficient friction exerted upon them. I have had good luck with this grease and it doesn't thicken or gum up in cold or cool weather like a lot of other greases do. Other greases also seem to attract and hold grime, dirt, dust, and powder residue, but I've noticed that this grease keeps these characteristics at a minimum, which improves and reduces the friction on all moving metal parts.
I would like to hear from other shooters on what grease they use and their reasons for doing so. There might be other good brands out there that I haven't tried yet. I have used Hoppe's, Birchwood Casey's, and Gunslick's gun grease and have been less than satisfied mainly because of their thickening-up in cool weather thus slowing down the action of the slide and also of their big potential in picking up and holding foreign material. I found out about Tetra's gun grease about 8 years ago, tried it, liked it, and have never even considered another brand of gun grease since.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:14 AM
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Once a week, like it or not. I still like Mobil 1 10-30.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:42 AM
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Once a week, like it or not. I still like Mobil 1 10-30.
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:52 AM
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How can it be that no one has thought of asking this question before? CRAZY!!!!

To answer your question
Slide glide on rails
weapon shield on frame internals. I dont like using grease on internals.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:04 AM
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Submerge entire gun, with magazine out in 5 gal bucket of mixture of Mobil 1 (5w-30) and Dexron ATF. Leave submerged for 30 minutes. Remove from bucket and hang over bucket (gotta recycle) muzzle down for 3 days (or as long as needed to stop dripping). Wipe down with well laundered flannel sheet.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:11 AM
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Springs and pivots get Mobil 1 or Reel-X, depending on my mood.

Blued surfaces DEFINITELY get Mobil 1.

Sliding areas get grease. I like what I have in stock which is bicycle stuff, Pedro's Syn Lube and Phil Wood's hub grease.

Either way they work well, but my preference is for the synthetic-Pedro's.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:18 AM
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Games and high round count exercises I go heavier weights.

Games and high round count exercises I go heavier weights. I have all three weights of Slide Glide from Brian Enos BUT for carry I go oils and in winter - down to around negative 20 Fahrenheit - one of the synthetic super oils FP10 or its allegedly (I suspect they really are but haven't tested myself) improved versions. I'm pretty sure Hilton Yam's moly prep wiped dry would work to low temperatures or Dave Berryhill's super lube would do it all down to reasonable but perhaps not remarkably cold temperatures.

Break action shotguns - claybird guns - and other manual repeaters get a lot of grease of whatever is on hand - Shooter's Choice has a nice dispenser and I buy acid brushes in bulk from Brownell's.

Below -20F or risking that I keep the pistol AND ammunition warm or it's long gun all the way.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:19 AM
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I like Whizzbang 360, which is specially formulated for the unique polarization of the steel used in guns, but only for the internals. For the rails, I use SnakeOil 1000X, which is a high load bearing synthetic paraffinized octogrease. Only SnakeOil 1000x has passed mil std protocol 6969, and hence can be applied from either top to bottom, or reverse.

Anything else just isn't up to the job.
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:32 AM
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Now Ben...someones gonna spend 2-3 hours on the interweb googleing those items and be pretty hacked...
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:37 AM
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I was in a bind once & all i had was KY. It worked great!
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:41 AM
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I was in a bind once & all i had was KY. It worked great!
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:50 AM
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the warming KY works great, and enhances the shooting pleasure for your partner as well
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:23 PM
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For lubricants I like to use KY or Astroglide if money's tight. One other thing people don't mention is that without some extra protection, the lube is worthless. For that "extra protection" I prefer to use Inspiral or Durex.
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Old 03-31-2009, 12:50 PM
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Springs and pivots get Mobil 1 or Reel-X, depending on my mood.

Blued surfaces DEFINITELY get Mobil 1.

Sliding areas get grease. I like what I have in stock which is bicycle stuff, Pedro's Syn Lube and Phil Wood's hub grease.

Either way they work well, but my preference is for the synthetic-Pedro's.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:01 PM
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Springs and pivots get Mobil 1 or Reel-X, depending on my mood.

Blued surfaces DEFINITELY get Mobil 1.

Sliding areas get grease. I like what I have in stock which is bicycle stuff, Pedro's Syn Lube and Phil Wood's hub grease.

Either way they work well, but my preference is for the synthetic-Pedro's.
+1 on both products (Mobil 1 and Phil's grease). I've been using Wood's grease for my bikes for years and then read about using it on the rails of the 1911 - well why not since I had some already. Great stuff. And Mobil 1 is really cheap compared to many of the exotic weapon lubes.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:36 PM
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ProShot Zero Friction High Tech All-Weather Oil

Just about any quality gun lubricant will suffice.
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:54 PM
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ultima lube works well for me ... oil and grease ... hoppes#9 for bore cleaning till i can come across ultimalube bore cleaner ... ....
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:00 PM
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Molybdenum disulphide (EVIL BLACK) automotive grease. Applied to a slight film on sliding surfaces.

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Old 03-31-2009, 02:24 PM
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Tetra in cold weather... the rest of the time Slide-Glide from Biran Enos
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:31 PM
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Slides and rails - Mobil 1.
Interior and exterior - Eezox

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Old 03-31-2009, 02:35 PM
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I also use whatchamacallit on my thingamagigy but the friction between my inandoutermagiggy got ruff. Should of used a polyamagiggy.
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:44 PM
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I've been using FP-10 since I bought a pint of it at Knob Creek back in Aught Three, and I haven't found it lacking in any way.

Since then, I've accumulated several ounces of Militec, Slip 2000, and most recently Brownell's Friction Defense. I put the Militec on a Witness as a control and it seems to be OK for as little as I shoot it.

I do use a bit of ProTec grease (aka Wilson's UltimaLube grease) for sears and hammers (especially nasty AR triggers) to lighten them up a bit. Haven't found another grease that will do that job quite as well.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:06 PM
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Lube

Mobil 1 ATF (even better than their motor oil), and synthetic racing grease by Amsoil. I put the grease in a large syringe I bought a the woodworker's supply store.
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:02 PM
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How can it be that no one has thought of asking this question before? CRAZY!!!!

To answer your question
Slide glide on rails
weapon shield on frame internals. I dont like using grease on internals.
Exact same combo I use.
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:28 PM
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Doesn't it seem that most everything that we get these days works fine?
I have used everything from 3 in 1 machine oil to the latest miracle lubricants available today. I have never had a malfunction or failure that I could remotely charge to the lubricant in over 45 years of using 1911s, and other handguns, rifles, and shotguns.

Use what you have, and don't worry about it. When you run out of what you are using get some Mobil 1. If it will take the pressures and heat of an auto engine it will find a 1911 easy. I prefer it to any grease as it does not collect as much gunk.

Regards,
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