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Solidux
11-12-2011, 12:39 PM
Seeing that froglube is just basically synthetic oil glorified to be the blood of jesus to kool aid drinkers out there...


may be a dumb question but...


How is standard full synthetic motor oil in lubricating firearms?

zfields
11-12-2011, 12:41 PM
works fine.

shamu415
11-12-2011, 12:59 PM
Actually, automatic transmission fluid is even better

Voo
11-12-2011, 1:00 PM
I used Mobil1 full synthetic quite a bit.. Worked extremely well..

Cato
11-12-2011, 1:03 PM
Gun lube is pretty cheap. A large can of CLP will last most folks a year or more.

I guess if you really have to pinch pennies, then you could even use your used motor oil.

Solidux
11-12-2011, 1:19 PM
Im very thrifty. I replaced the "spring thing on the grip of the p226r" with a paperclip because spending $20 on a tiny piece of metal I can make is redic.

choprzrul
11-12-2011, 1:24 PM
I'm still using up 2 quarts of Duralube from 15 years ago.

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Solidux
11-12-2011, 1:30 PM
Doesnt lube expire? I have gallons and boxes of military lube (will take a picture on a bit).

They all have an expiration date on them.

Noah3683
11-12-2011, 1:31 PM
Most regular gun lubes are inferior yet more costly.

Solidux
11-12-2011, 1:32 PM
http://i42.tinypic.com/20jqli0.jpg

Milsurps
11-12-2011, 1:37 PM
I used Mobil1 full synthetic quite a bit.. Worked extremely well..

Works just fine. Resistant to heat, doesn't break down. :D
My AR's really like it as the BCG gets really hot from it's own... Stuff. ;)
Always some fresh 5w-30 leftover from my Toyota and Silverado's oil changes. :D

h0use
11-12-2011, 1:39 PM
Works well. But unlike froglube, try drinking motor oil! It's toxic!

Sturnovik
11-12-2011, 2:04 PM
TW25.

VL221
11-12-2011, 2:11 PM
Any synthetic oil will work? I have a case of Mobil1 that I use for oil change.

smle-man
11-12-2011, 2:17 PM
I've used synthetic trans fluid for my 1919, works great but smokes like the dickens when the gun heats up.

Henry47
11-12-2011, 2:36 PM
the reason why i switched to froglube was because i HATE oils running/bleeding all over my firearms. I think basically all oils serve the same purpose equally. I actually wanted to use grease, but since I heard such great reviews from froglube, i decided to give them a try.

Solidux
11-12-2011, 2:54 PM
Works well. But unlike froglube, try drinking motor oil! It's toxic!

Cant really drink froglube either. They arent biodegradable as they claim they are. In fact, they are as harmful as normal... motor oil.

Froglube is the product of hipster advertising and zING words. No substance really. Might as well be the same grease on our foreheads. Price is marked up almost as bad as Monster cables.

Etihtsarom
11-12-2011, 3:02 PM
Works well. But unlike froglube, try drinking motor oil! It's toxic!

Right, because you know, guys sitting around cleaning their guns normally take a few sip of the oil.

Cokebottle
11-12-2011, 3:03 PM
Cant really drink froglube either. They arent biodegradable as they claim they are. In fact, they are as harmful as normal... motor oil.
So how much longer is UVT going to be with us? He eats the stuff multiple times daily at his gun show table.

And ya... it reminds me of the LA City Council member back in the 90s drinking a glass of Malathion to show how safe it was when they were spraying residential areas for the Med Flies.

Cokebottle
11-12-2011, 3:05 PM
Right, because you know, guys sitting around cleaning their guns normally take a few sip of the oil.
The point of UVT's marketing eating the stuff is to indicate that it is not harmful when the stuff aerosolizes off of the gun surfaces and is inhaled or deposited on the face and hands.

Solidux
11-12-2011, 3:14 PM
I could drink a shot of windex once a month and still live.

If I was a hell bent salesmen on selling windex for commission...


you never know.

Henry47
11-12-2011, 3:41 PM
Cant really drink froglube either. They arent biodegradable as they claim they are. In fact, they are as harmful as normal... motor oil.

Froglube is the product of hipster advertising and zING words. No substance really. Might as well be the same grease on our foreheads. Price is marked up almost as bad as Monster cables.

i'll admit that the price is freaking expensive. $36 it cost me for some paste and some gel.

JTROKS
11-12-2011, 5:30 PM
I use 5w20 Castrol and it works just fine. Couple of drops on the rails, one at the bushings, one at the upper lugs and one at the link and my 1911s hummm.

Marlin Hunter
11-12-2011, 6:54 PM
If you use motor oil, and live close to a Tap Plastic store, get one of these applicators. It is the best may to put the (motor) oil where you need it without getting all over your gun.
http://www.tapplastics.com/uploads/products/images/fullsize/standard/440_hypoapplicator.jpg

http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/product.php?pid=409&

I have the squeeze bottle with the pink/purple needle.

socal147
11-12-2011, 7:31 PM
^^ Very Cool ^^

Sunday
11-12-2011, 7:40 PM
I use syn motor oil there isn't any more pressure in a guns contact points that exceeds what a motor sees . But then I was given a bottle of Slip 2000 EWL and I really like it.

ZX-10R
11-12-2011, 7:48 PM
Lube bottle lasting years? Some of you need to stop staring at your guns and start shooting them. Just saying...

sirgrumps
11-12-2011, 8:38 PM
I have been told by several smiths Mobil 1 is the way to go , especially on AR's

JTROKS
11-12-2011, 9:16 PM
Works well. But unlike froglube, try drinking motor oil! It's toxic!

Back in the days there was this cutie shooting USPSA club matches every Saturday. To heck with Old Spice or Brut, this lady shoots so Hoppe's #9 it is.

chrisf
11-12-2011, 9:43 PM
Im very thrifty. I replaced the "spring thing on the grip of the p226r" with a paperclip because spending $20 on a tiny piece of metal I can make is redic.
Im the same way. But syn oil will be fine.

VegasND
11-12-2011, 9:47 PM
I've got a quart of Mobil 1 I bought years ago. A quart of motor oil lasts a long, long time when used as gun lube.

VL221
11-12-2011, 9:51 PM
Thinking about putting the Mobil 1 into one of these squart bottles.

http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/50214/50214,1194170128,3/stock-photo-plastic-squirt-bottles-used-in-a-small-manufacturing-lab-6649990.jpg

Anyone know specifically where to put a drop of oil on? Specifically on a XD/Glock

NRAhighpowershooter
11-12-2011, 9:56 PM
I only use straight 30W on my beltfed

Solidux
11-12-2011, 10:00 PM
I just mixed half a quart of motor oil with Hoppes gun grease (http://www.amazon.com/Hoppe-No-Grease-1-75-Ounce-Tube/dp/B000PW5ZGC/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1321163329&sr=8-2-spell)


Smells like steak.
Hmm... it ... may be biodegradable.
Nascar drivers use motor oil, and Delta Force uses hoppes on their personal weapons.


THATS IT! IVE JUST CREATED A REVOLUTIONARY PRODUCT! I'LL CALL IT:


Snake Oi.. er i mean. Cobra Lube!

all jokes aside, I just put it on my project p226 and it feels nice. Racking the slide feels smooth. I almost feel as if this will increase the velocity of my rounds. Not sure, will try this out at the range.

http://i43.tinypic.com/21od72a.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/358o0aq.jpg
http://i41.tinypic.com/2gucknc.jpg

scootle
11-12-2011, 10:01 PM
I think a common alternative is ATF (auto transmission fluid) which some mix with a little synthetic motor oil.

ATF is fine alone for running the gun, but for long term storage, you will want to use oil (to prevent rust).

Solidux
11-12-2011, 10:03 PM
Thinking about putting the Mobil 1 into one of these squart bottles.

http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/50214/50214,1194170128,3/stock-photo-plastic-squirt-bottles-used-in-a-small-manufacturing-lab-6649990.jpg

Anyone know specifically where to put a drop of oil on? Specifically on a XD/Glock

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n333/Nicolai1234/glock-1.jpg

glocklover
11-12-2011, 10:07 PM
Thinking about putting the Mobil 1 into one of these squart bottles.

http://image.shutterstock.com/display_pic_with_logo/50214/50214,1194170128,3/stock-photo-plastic-squirt-bottles-used-in-a-small-manufacturing-lab-6649990.jpg

Anyone know specifically where to put a drop of oil on? Specifically on a XD/Glock

where do you get these kind of bottles?

yaybacon
11-12-2011, 10:25 PM
i found this galloncan in my dad's garage of some sort of 20yearold mystery grease that says aircraft on it, so you guys are saying i Have to eat this if i want to know if i should stop using it on my guns right

CalNRA
11-12-2011, 10:44 PM
Seeing that froglube is just basically synthetic oil glorified to be the blood of jesus to kool aid drinkers out there...



I gotta say I lost it and ROFL's for a whole 5 minutes when UTV first referred to his posse as the "Froglube family".

VL221
11-12-2011, 11:00 PM
where do you get these kind of bottles?

I'm a Chemist. But I don't know where you can buy them.

SureShot241
11-12-2011, 11:14 PM
Question:

If you breath in the fumes from motor oil being used on your gun, is it just as toxic as any other lube when it evaporates or is it better/worse?

I'm not doubting the fumes you breath in anyways from shooting aren't harmful

Voo
11-13-2011, 2:09 AM
Im very thrifty. I replaced the "spring thing on the grip of the p226r" with a paperclip because spending $20 on a tiny piece of metal I can make is redic.

This is nowhere near the same as using motor oil for gun lube... Using a paper clip is a horrible idea. That little piece of "paper clip" you find in the Sigs is heat treated spring steel that is made to flex and retain it's shape.

Using a paperclip is simply a disaster waiting to happen. Please tell me you're joking and have a factory OEM spring in there.

Solidux
11-13-2011, 2:45 AM
I had to even shave off a part of the plastic from the grip because it wasnt flexing right and the trigger was sticking. However, it went through 300 rounds of reloads without a single hickup. This is a project gun and will not be used for anything serious.

draconianruler
11-13-2011, 6:24 AM
where do you get these kind of bottles?

You can get them from VWR. They sell all kinds of lab stuff.

Standard
11-13-2011, 8:23 AM
My AK gets whatever motor oil I have around, synthetic or not. Runs like a champ, no abnormal wear whatsoever.
Seriously, if it will go 5,000 miles in a car's engine, which is a very extreme environment, it will do beautifully for your rifle for as long as it stays on there.
My AK uses corrosive ammo, so I clean it after every range trip anyway.

jonc
11-13-2011, 8:29 AM
mobil1 snyt!!!!

misterjake
11-13-2011, 9:55 PM
Slip ewl 2000 is best. Non toxic and after 100 rounds, it's still in the barrel and BCG.

Plus it doesn't smell like mobile 1.


Would I use mobile 1 if in a zombie apocalypse? Sure, but right now there are better and safer alternatives.

Marlin Hunter
11-14-2011, 9:57 AM
Question:

If you breath in the fumes from motor oil being used on your gun, is it just as toxic as any other lube when it evaporates or is it better/worse?

I'm not doubting the fumes you breath in anyways from shooting aren't harmful

There are probably a million tons of burned oil pollutants going in and out of your lungs ever day. Especially if you live in a large city. Remember cars burn a little oil, and the fumes go out the exhaust pipe and into the air, then into your lungs. Unless you shoot 100% full metal jacketed bullets, and the people sitting next to you at the range, you will be breathing some lead fumes. Eat a banana and you are eating radioactive potassium. You will more likely get hit by a bus before you die from any "toxins" coming off your gun.

Turbinator
11-17-2011, 9:41 PM
I guess if you really have to pinch pennies, then you could even use your used motor oil.

In a pinch, yes, but used motor oil has carcinogens and other nasty stuff you don't want to mess around with:

http://www.nature.nps.gov/hazardssafety/toxic/oilused.pdf

Turby