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curious... can too much oil hurt the gun?

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Old 11-26-2007, 02:25 PM   #1
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curious... can too much oil hurt the gun?

I'm still very new to guns and I am going to attempt to clean it in a little bit. I've already had the gun apart and back together 100000 times so thats not what worries me. I just want to make sure how much oil to use.

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Old 11-26-2007, 02:34 PM   #2
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Great question I just cleaned my guns last night and had the same question and was getting ready to post. But you beat me to it. Can't wait for responses.
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:48 PM   #3
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I'm no expert...

...but too much oil has the bad side affect of collecting junk. I have been told that you should use it sparingly and only where it is truly needed, such as metal on metal wearing areas. But if you use the good stuff, it only requires a 'drop' or two, literally.
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:22 PM   #4
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General rule I follow

-Guns that get little use or safe queens
Light coat of oil on all parts, meaning it looks wet but but can't draw in it, same with magazines

-carry pistols (I live in the desert)
Internal parts of the slide are moderately coated with oil, you cant draw in it, but it looks wet, Trigger springs and frame internals light coated with oil, I use a dry lube on my carry mags, I use Pedros it's commonly used on high end bicycle chains.

-Rifles and shotgun
Light coat on all part, A little heavier if it gonna be in a wet environment, lighter if it's really cold.

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WET I like to run my bolt with enough oil that it's not running, but wet enough I can draw in it.
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:43 PM   #5
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As long as you keep the striker channel dry and free of lube, youre good to go.

the only issue with too much oil or lube is if it makes your grip slippery.

Way more underlubed guns out there than over lubed ones.
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:56 PM   #6
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...but too much oil has the bad side affect of collecting junk.
Bullseye. The hard carbon powder residue and general crud inside the gun dissolves into the oil.... and oil plus particle residue = polishing compound.

I generall use grease and oil blended because it holds the lube where it needs to be. Oil basically just runs straight south.

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Old 11-26-2007, 04:07 PM   #7
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Maybe if you shoot it so much the oil catches fire!!
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:36 PM   #8
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I always love watching the oil smoke out of the gun after the first round or two.

I don't know how much is too much but I've been advised that keeping things more wet is better than too dry.

After cleaning, I use Break Free CLP on a patch, send it through the barrel and give everything a wipe. I put a "drop" of synthetic grease on each of the frame rails, locking block, and the part of the firing pin/striker that extends out under the slide. Reassemble, cycle the action a few times, wipe off all external excess with a clean paper towel and ready to go. If you were to disassemble the gun after that (even after time had passed) it would still look "wet" inside.

I use my guns often and keep them clean (a buddy was looking inside one of them that had hundreds if not over a thousand rounds through it already and asked if it had ever been fired -- clean) and so far never had a problem with attracting too much dirt.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:20 PM   #9
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You want to make sure the firing pin channel is dry because you don't want that gummed up and so it doesn't spit at you.
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:45 PM   #10
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Ok well with every weapon I have, whenever I clean it, I take a cloth and put a little bit of oil onto it, then rub down the interior of the weapon. Just enough so that the parts have a slight "sheen" to them. But not so much as to where it's running off of it. Too much oil will cause it to collect dust and then goo up the inside of your weapon. Which then leads to jams, etc etc. But that's just me.
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