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How much oil when cleaning

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:25 PM   #1
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How much oil when cleaning

Im new to XD's and polymer frame pistols in general. when i had my 1911 i was told its like an engine on the amount of oil it needs. so now i'm in the habit and probably use to much oil on my XD. How much should i use and will it be bad if it has to much? thanks

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:42 PM   #2
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Ummm, you were told wrong on your 1911. Too much oil can attract crud, develop a lapping compound, which can wear. Also, heavy coating can create hydraulic pressure between moving parts, not good. I prefer a very very light film of quality grease on parts that rub others. Thin coat of oil, wiped off metal parts to protect. Same for xd, just fewer metal parts.
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Just light on oil not much needed at all. Wipe it down w/an oiled cloth.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:43 PM   #4
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Really depends on the use.

I run my XD pretty dry, but with a bit of grease on between the slide and the frame along with light oil on the metal surfaces. Its my carry gun and I dont want an oil stain on my jeans. I have enough of those.
My 1911 and AR, I run pretty wet, but they are mostly used at the range.
Outside of hunting season, I run my shotgun wet, but clean it up and just some critical places on oil when I go hunting.
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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As little as possible to none. Personally I oiled mine when I cleaned it the first time and it hasn't had a drop of oil on it in about 1500 rounds just cleaned twice. These pistols run just as good if not better with no oil than coated heavily in the stuff.
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I always grease metal-to-metal contact points and light oil everywhere else.

This is my modus operandi for all of my weapons and I have never had a problem.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:05 PM   #7
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I've run mine wet from oil and grease and I've run mine almost dry.

Nothing seems to bother it, but I will say that I'd rather not have it spitting lube when I pull the trigger, so I lean towards the "as little as possible to follow the guidelines in the owner's manual"

Very thin film of CLP on a few areas, and about two tiny drops of Gun Butter spread over all the metal-to-metal contact areas. A little goes a long way.

Having said that, if I were going to store it for a month or longer, I'd put it away wet.
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There is a tendency to over-lube these pistols. They are better run nearly dry, especially the 1911.

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:36 PM   #9
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What's the difference between oil and grease and why use both on the same gun? I've only ever used oil on my guns.
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:03 AM   #10
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I'm with everybody else... I use very little oil.

Now for a few things I do differently than some folks.

First off, when I clean my guns, I scrub them down with WD-40. I use it as a solvent, it's relatively cheap and very effective for cleaning things made of metal... it's value as a lubricant is a bonus.

When I do use oil, I use 5W-20 synthetic motor oil. I bought a quart of Quaker State for $5 a couple of years ago... used some... liked the results so I paid $5.75 for another quart... figure I've got nearly a lifetime supply... LOL...

Like everybody else, I use grease on the slides of my semiauto's. I paid 4 bucks or something like that for a tin of axle grease back when I bought the motor oil. Works great... bought a refill tube for a grease gun for about $2... figure I've got about a two lifetime supply of that.

I've also tried white lithium grease... didn't see any value... still got almost the entire tube.

I shoot my guns quite a bit, so I clean them every two or three months.

I also shoot cap and ball revolvers... the powder is corrosive so they get a total disassembly, thorough cleaning and light coat of oil EVERY time they are shot.
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