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Old 10-21-2010, 9:08 AM
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Default Proper M1 Garand grease?

Does anyone have a source for the grease needed for the M1 rifle? Im not sure if $1 per grease pot on e-bay is such a good deal....
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Old 10-21-2010, 9:30 AM
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Vehicle propeller shaft grease with moly - the same stuff you grease your vehicle with. Its sticky, high pressure and heat resistant, and cheap at Autozone, Wallmart etc.

Otherwise, pay much more and find Lubriplate and other high-end weapons type grease like the GI stuff in the little pots.
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Old 10-21-2010, 9:33 AM
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The traditional grease is Lubriplate. Brownell's has it in their catalog.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:37 AM
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I've seen large cans of GI rifle grease for sale at gunshows in the past. I bought one and am still using it five years later with probably another five to go.
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Mobile 1 grease works great and it's what a lot of people on the CMP forum recommend. I am not using Mobile 1 grease yet as I still have a little bit of USGI lube left over but plan to switch over when it's all gone.

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Lubriplate already mentioned and Plastilube http://www.scott-duff.com/ShooterAcc.htm were mil-spec.

If you aren't on Guadalcanal or Bougainville any moly wheel bearing grease from the auto parts store will work.

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The traditional grease is Lubriplate. Brownell's has it in their catalog.
I use this stuff but it's weird looking, kind of looks like a real thick chocolate milkshake!!
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:50 AM
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My 90 year old friend who fought in WW2 and Korea with an M1 swears by Vasoline. He says it works great and that it is less attractive to dirt and dust.
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Whatever you use, put it on sparingly, spread it around the places where it needs to be with an acid brush, try to wipe most of that off, and change it often. Grease is necessary on the sliding stuff, but too much just attracts crud and grit.
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I prefer Tetra Grease on my Garand and Carbine. Stays put, doesn't melt, run, or blow off.
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Old 10-22-2010, 2:25 AM
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Thumbs up Tetra.

Tetra is good stuff , even better than the traditional USGI greases. The squeeze tube makes it easy to apply.
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I use Maxima which is the same stuff I use on the dirtbikes. Works great!
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Vasiline isn't recommeded because it is water soluble and will wash away if the rifle is used in the rain.
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I use Mobile 1 grease.
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I use red moly...

Lubricants have been significantly approved from the days of the original M1 Garand "grease pots". I suggest you protect your investment by using something a little more contemporary...
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Vasiline isn't recommeded because it is water soluble and will wash away if the rifle is used in the rain.
not any I've ever used, sure your not talking about KY
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Vasiline isn't recommeded because it is water soluble and will wash away if the rifle is used in the rain.
Just passed along some info a friend of mine stated. I tend to believe him because he and his comrades tried a lot of different things while fighting in Europe and Korea.
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My 90 year old friend who fought in WW2 and Korea with an M1 swears by Vasoline. He says it works great and that it is less attractive to dirt and dust.
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not any I've ever used, sure your not talking about KY
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Just passed along some info a friend of mine stated. I tend to believe him because he and his comrades tried a lot of different things while fighting in Europe and Korea.
That's funny. We did this as a science experiment in junior high (the one where I walked uphill in the snow both ways. Barefoot).

1) Fill a tub with water.
2) Gather up whatever substance you want to check the water solubility of.
3) Get a bunch of popsicle sticks and put wood seal on them.
4) Write the name of the substance on the back of the sticks.
5) Smear the substance on the other side
6) Float the sticks substance-side down in the tub.
7) Check daily to see if the 'stuff' is still there and how much.

I think we did hand lotion, Vaseline, motor oil, different medicated creams and lotions, automotive grease, vegetable oil and some other crap I don't remember (No KY though, lol...)

The Vaseline won. It never degraded, even a little. The auto grease was right up there, but started to loosen up. Not exactly MIT-level stuff, but still.

I wouldn't use Vaseline on guns though except in a pinch. A good, high-temp, moly grease is way better.
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That's funny. We did this as a science experiment in junior high (the one where I walked uphill in the snow both ways. Barefoot).

1) Fill a tub with water.
2) Gather up whatever substance you want to check the water solubility of.
3) Get a bunch of popsicle sticks and put wood seal on them.
4) Write the name of the substance on the back of the sticks.
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6) Float the sticks substance-side down in the tub.
7) Check daily to see if the 'stuff' is still there and how much.

I think we did hand lotion, Vaseline, motor oil, different medicated creams and lotions, automotive grease, vegetable oil and some other crap I don't remember (No KY though, lol...)

The Vaseline won. It never degraded, even a little. The auto grease was right up there, but started to loosen up. Not exactly MIT-level stuff, but still.

I wouldn't use Vaseline on guns though except in a pinch. A good, high-temp, moly grease is way better.

On my M1 I just used the grease I had in my shop that I use for ball bearings. I'm not in combat and don't plan to be. My buddy is originally from Pennsyvania near where Vaselene was invented. Probably some kind of pride thing. In a bind, it'll probably work. I don't want my gun to stink however.
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My mix is moly-lube with a small amount of plain gun oil.
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come on guys, any grease will work better than none. How many of us shoot our carbines in the rain? How many of us shoot a zillion rounds in the dirt without cleaning? You know we baby our babys (OK most of us)That being said...M1 driver PM me ,I'm local and will give you some pots of the good stuff..I'm local
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My 90 year old friend who fought in WW2 and Korea with an M1 swears by Vasoline. He says it works great and that it is less attractive to dirt and dust.
Are you sure you were asking him what he used on his rifle and not what he uses on his gun?
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I prefer Tetra Grease on my Garand and Carbine. Stays put, doesn't melt, run, or blow off.
+1 I use it on my handgun slides too.
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come on guys,... How many of us shoot a zillion rounds in the dirt without cleaning?
Shoot the California State Service Rifle and Leg matches in March/April/May and you can get exposed to enough dirt to cuss the extra grease.

Use it sparingly, change it often.
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Any good quaility wheel bearing grease is more than adeqaute to protect and lubricate your Garand'
A tub of it is inexpensive and will last a lietime.
If it makes you feel warm and fuzzy paying big bucks for little tubes of so called high tech gun grease do it.
Myself I would rather spend it on ammo
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I just got a tube of that tetra gun grease. wow its pricey $7 an ounce.. But It seems highly recommended.
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Are you sure you were asking him what he used on his rifle and not what he uses on his gun?
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I found one of these on ebay for $12 shipped....http://cgi.ebay.com/VIETNAM-WAR-1963...item3a5ff1fd22 this guy is asking way too much obviously. They pop up from time to time and can be had much much cheaper.

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he's sure proud of that !!!
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What's the verdict on white lithium grease for general purpose? Seems to work fine for me so far....
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What's the verdict on white lithium grease for general purpose? Seems to work fine for me so far....
Its fine, heck the Garand could run on bacon fat.
Not like its a full auto rifle spewing out thousands of rds
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