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Old 04-25-2010, 9:45 AM
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Default Garand operating rod spring lubrication.

I received a 1955 SA Garand from the CMP and it looked excellent (well, except for the stock). When I disassembled it I noticed that the operating rod spring was a mess. It looked like it had not been removed or cleaned since the rifle was manufactured. I ordered and have received one of the new Orion 7 springs and am ready to replace it but I cannot find a definitive answer on lubricating it. Does it get oiled or greased? Which brand of lubricant is best?

The other question I have concerns the operating rod. The part where the spring fits in is really gunked up and dirty. I am afraid that if I try to clean it I will just push all the stuff to the far end. Is there a good way to clean it out?

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Old 04-25-2010, 10:58 AM
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most definately grease on the op rod spring... I use the GI grease..wheel bearing grease works in a pinch... preoblem is if the grease is too thick it will cause short stroking when cold....and I think the mil-tech and lithium grease is too thin for the op rod spring. Othenr than GI grease see if you can find lubri-plate use that... it is also mentioned in the GI FM manuals as an acceptable grease got Garands.
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:13 AM
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Old 04-25-2010, 1:32 PM
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Grease pots my friend. I suggest ebay. When I first got my orion 7 oprod spring it sounded like an old rusty trampoline. I put about 3/4 a grease pot worth on the spring and it's worked great ever since! (about 600+) shots...
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As to cleaning the op rod, try soaking it in mineral spirits. That should dissolve the grease for you.

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Old 04-25-2010, 6:22 PM
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Thanks for the tips. I found some Lubriplate online and will pick up mineral spirits next week.
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Hey, how about a problem i've had with my M1, it ejects the clip on the fifth round, loaded cases and all?.Any idea what causes it? I bought a new operating rod, but it didn't make any diference.
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Old 04-25-2010, 7:29 PM
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Ejecting the clip early could be a problem with the clip latch or clip latch spring.

I use high-temp wheel grease on my Garand as I don't have any lubriplate at the moment. However, it does work on my Garand op-rod spring. I may get an Orion op-rod spring, but my current one is within length spec. I'd grease the heck out of the new spring, to ensure that it's well coated. I follow the manual and grease where it's supposed to be greased. So far, it works pretty darned well, and I've yet to have grease thrown back at me.
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Order a heavy duty clip latch spring from Fulton Amory and you will be good to go.
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