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How much oil when cleaning

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Old 03-26-2012, 07:36 AM   #11
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Hopps to clean, then put some rem oil on a rag and wipe and another rag to get the excess off. I use a q-tip and just barely dab the slide groove on each side and that it.
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:09 AM   #12
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i use GibbsBrandLubricant (.com). No oil, thus not a collector of dirt. won't gel in cold weather ( i live in wis. and will shoot at the range even in winter). leaves a few microns of the substance which will prevent rust. it repels water. will use nothing else. just IMO. i understand it's got some heptane in its mixture. haven't discussed that with my gun show dealer.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:20 AM   #13
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Hopps to clean, then put some rem oil on a rag and wipe and another rag to get the excess off. I use a q-tip and just barely dab the slide groove on each side and that it.
This is my method to a tee.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:41 AM   #14
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On my XD, I use enough CLP to get the burnt powder off everything, wipe it off with a clean rag, then go over everything with an oiled microfiber cloth (one of those presaturated cloths). I don't grease the slide to frame groove, because there's no point in doing so when it's not metal to metal.

On my sig, it took a little more, cleaning, then wiping, then oiling each part, then greasing the slide... she sure was picky, and made sure to let me know if I missed something.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:03 AM   #15
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On my XD, I use enough CLP to get the burnt powder off everything, wipe it off with a clean rag, then go over everything with an oiled microfiber cloth (one of those presaturated cloths). I don't grease the slide to frame groove, because there's no point in doing so when it's not metal to metal.

On my sig, it took a little more, cleaning, then wiping, then oiling each part, then greasing the slide... she sure was picky, and made sure to let me know if I missed something.
Correct me if I am wrong but the slide does contact metal on the frame, the locking block area is metal. A dab of lubrication in this area seems adequate.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:41 AM   #16
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Have you ever thought of using grease? It works really well and lasts much longer than oil.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:43 PM   #17
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Correct me if I am wrong but the slide does contact metal on the frame, the locking block area is metal. A dab of lubrication in this area seems adequate.
Sorry, I was talking about the ridge on the frame that the slide rides in, not the striker/trigger/slide lock area.
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Old 03-27-2012, 04:57 PM   #18
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My XD40sc has 6300 rounds now and my two XDm40s have 2000 each. I have used 10w-40 Castrol Syntec on them from the beginning and I can't detect any wear beyond the bluing on the barrel. The pistols always work. I do detail strip the frame every time I shoot and the slide about every third time (600 rounds or so). I use a light coat of oil on all metal components and have been very happy.
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Old 03-27-2012, 06:05 PM   #19
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My XD40sc has 6300 rounds now and my two XDm40s have 2000 each. I have used 10w-40 Castrol Syntec on them from the beginning and I can't detect any wear beyond the bluing on the barrel. The pistols always work. I do detail strip the frame every time I shoot and the slide about every third time (600 rounds or so). I use a light coat of oil on all metal components and have been very happy.
Motor oil is just as good if not better than the $10 per half ounce gimmicky stuff that's out there. M&Ps get lubed with Mobil 1 synthetic from the factory. If an engine can run at 6000+ rpm with it, our guns will be fine.

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Old 03-27-2012, 06:12 PM   #20
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No oil. Use gun grease. Only a toothpick tip dab on the slide rails and striker. Oil and grease attract dirt in a carry piece and you'll soon have a mess. I good semi should run well almost dry. Cleanliness is the key, not oil.
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