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Old 02-11-2020, 2:18 PM
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Does anybody use graphite as a lube? Why or why not?
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Old 02-11-2020, 2:22 PM
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What are the benefits of dry lube other than minimal dirt retention? I use a combination of gun grease / gun oil on all my weapons.
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What are the benefits of dry lube other than minimal dirt retention? I use a combination of gun grease / gun oil on all my weapons.
extreme cold
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No. I use tungsten disulfide or molybdenum disulfide. Either dry powder or mixed with a little synthetic oil or grease. It's the slipperiest stuff on the planet.
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Graphite is great on locks

Good when hunting in -0 temps

Every lube has a place


White lithium axel grease is good
Mobil 1 or slick 50 is good.
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In the desert a lot of lube melts off or dries out. Or worst yet, cakes with dirt

Change frequently in dusty areas
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Old 02-11-2020, 3:25 PM
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I used it once it works but it was kinda like MEH.
Regular old 3 in 1 oil works in cold.
Was watching a vid on youtube Iraq8888 guy and they were saying how a particular semi auto wasnt reliable but the guys granpa only used WD40 to clean it and never had a problem they went go figure.
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In the desert a lot of lube melts off or dries out. Or worst yet, cakes with dirt

Change frequently in dusty areas
That's why molybdenum disulfide or tungsten disulfide is so good. Besides being the best lubricant out there, it's inert, dry, and its particle size is so small, it gets worked into all the micro pores of a material and simply stays there. You can't get it off without a LOT of effort. It's real.
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A pretty knowledgeable guy on another forum, might be here said never use graphite on anything.
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Dri-Slide contains molybdenum disulfide and graphite, with a solvent, I think. I have used it for (non-firearms) applications where a lot of dirt was expected and it worked well enough. It's not as good as an oil or grease in clean conditions, but it's a lot more practical in some situations.
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No. I use tungsten disulfide or molybdenum disulfide. Either dry powder or mixed with a little synthetic oil or grease. It's the slipperiest stuff on the planet.
I burnish tungsten disulfide on feed ramps, 22 bolts and receiver internals. It adds lubricity to the metal. Then use gun oil, grease or bike lube as necessary. It seems to also make things easier to clean with regarding to wiping out carbon fouling.
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Slip 2000 EWL here. That stuff works in any California temperature swings.
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Slip 2000 EWL here. That stuff works in any California temperature swings.
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Powder? It's messy and goes everywhere you don't want it.

Works good for 22LR ammo lube and tube/box magazines.

Spray on type stays put and needs very little touch up. I only use it on my hedge trimmer. That is magic right there.
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It's dirty, messy, and corrosive to aluminum.
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I used it once it works but it was kinda like MEH.
Regular old 3 in 1 oil works in cold.
Was watching a vid on youtube Iraq8888 guy and they were saying how a particular semi auto wasnt reliable but the guys granpa only used WD40 to clean it and never had a problem they went go figure.

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graphite and molybdenum di sulfide (or whatever TriFlo is) was revolutionary great to lube bicycle chains. No gunk build up. But didn't last very long.
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Hoppes gun oil works for me. If going out in sub zero. Keep it off to prevent possible freeze.
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0-20 synthetic. Lifetime supply for $7.
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I recently switched my gun lube to a 50/50 mix of Hoppes gun oil and Motorcraft 5W-30 Synthetic Blend. I was surprised at the subjective increase in perceived lubricity. Everything feels smoother, more slick. It’s most noticeable when pulling the base pins on any of my seven single-action revolvers.

Again, it’s a subjective feel, but there it is.
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Slip 2000 EWL here. That stuff works in any California temperature swings.
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Using molybdenum or tungsten disulphide with graphite is like using a partial synthetic oil. The graphite reduces its lubricity.

Just get yourself some moly or tungsten (tungsten is a bit better) disulfide powder and you've got the best there is. Period.

And then if you like, you can mix it with your favorite lube.

https://www.amazon.com/MICROLUBROL-T...s%2C250&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.com/AR4400-2-Arch...s%2C250&sr=8-4

https://www.amazon.com/LOWER-FRICTIO...s%2C250&sr=8-6
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And graphite requires moisture to work properly.
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My uncle who lived in MI taught me how to reload and he used it because of the freezing temps.
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A pretty knowledgeable guy on another forum, might be here said never use graphite on anything.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S1T...ew?usp=sharing

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Yup, aluminium and graphite is a very bad marriage due to electrolysis otherwise known as galvanic corrosion.
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In the bicycle industry, we went from using Tri-Flo to a paraffin-based material called White Lightning that required some more vigorous surface preparation with solvent before application. It would dry and repel moisture and dirt on chains, which was good for riding in dusty places like SoCal fireroads, with occasional creek crossings.
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I heard if you mix the graphite with liberal tears, it will mitigate the galvanic corrosion due to the high salt content
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I use graphite powder lube for door locks and such. I don’t use on firearms because of concerns of breathing in graphite dust.
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Graphite use to be used for motorcycle cables. They also put it in motor oil - Arco Graphite
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WFj0vEj5zuo

I have read that it is abrasive, but that may be a different kind of graphite.

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Graphite use to be used for motorcycle cables. They also put it in motor oil - Arco Graphite
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WFj0vEj5zuo

I have read that it is abrasive, but that may be a different kind of graphite.

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Yea, they used to. But tungsten and molybdenum disulfide is far, far better.
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Graphite use to be used for motorcycle cables. They also put it in motor oil - Arco Graphite
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WFj0vEj5zuo

I have read that it is abrasive, but that may be a different kind of graphite.

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Actually it is an excellent lubricant, not abrasive.
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