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proper clean & lube/oil technique

This is a discussion on proper clean & lube/oil technique within the XD-S Discussion Room forums, part of the XD Talk category; I've seen a few post scattered in other threads, and I was intrigued by some of the other "exotic" oils but I'd like to have ...


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Old 08-09-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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proper clean & lube/oil technique

I've seen a few post scattered in other threads, and I was intrigued by some of the other "exotic" oils but I'd like to have a simple "run to any store, buy this, and apply like this". Keep in mind I've been using Hoppe's Oil and nitro solvent for 20+ years. 500 Rounds and 3 cleanings, I haven't had any issues with my XDs yet.

I'll quote out of another thread so I don't take that thread off topic. I see the wear marks starting to develop on the barrel, so I can guess where about the grease should go there...just not sure "how much".

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take some time to clean it and LUBE IT PROPER...

USE GREASE ON THE SLIDE RAILS ON THE FRAME
USE GREASE ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BBL
USE GREASE ON THE HOLE IN THE SLIDE THE BBL GOES THRU

couple drops of GOOD oil in the slide frame channels and
GRIP IT TIGHT and SHOOT IT.

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DONT PUT ONE IN THE PIPE AND LET THE SLIDE GO
DONT TRY AND SLING SHOT THE SLIDE FOR A WHILE
DONT RIDE THE SLIDE (WATCH YOUR GRIP)

DO LOCK THE SLIDE BACK AND USE THE RELEASE TO LOAD
*The release may be tight for a while its normal*
DO ENJOY!
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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I've been using Hoppes (and MOSTLY Rem lube spray) for almost 25 years on my Colt Gold Cup (formerly my IPSC gun) and all my other guns.

Yesterday I called Springfield Armory customer support to ask them about lube. They said what I have been using is fine (just make sure to keep the firing pin dry).

They specifically told me NOT to use any greases.

200+ rounds (mixed ammo) so far with no issues.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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Hoppes oil is fine. All my guns show some wear on the barrel (not excessive wear but some of the finish does come off). There are plenty of guys more qualified than myself to answer you question but if your gun is functioning correctly I would not change. I got caught up in all the fancy name brand oils and greases for awhile and finally realized that it wasnt helping me shoot any better. My advice is to lubricate all surfaces showing wear and keep a light coat of oil on anything metal (except firing pin and channel). I currently use slide glide grease on my rails and a light coat all over the barrel. Everything else gets a light coat of oil. Really havent noticed any difference than when I used hoppes oil. Spend the cash on ammo and training.

* maybe someone could clarify this but reading the OPs quote I do not understand why you would grease the frame rails and then use oil on the slide channels. Seems like you should use one or the other but I am sure I am missing something.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:05 PM   #4
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Never use grease as its a carrier of debris which will carry crap to imbed and wear surfaces.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:08 PM   #5
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Ask 20 people get 20 different answers. LOL !!!! You have to be your own doctor and use what works for you. That simple.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:50 AM   #6
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I use Frog Lube and its awesome. Minty!
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:57 AM   #7
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I use Eezox on my firearms. Nothing special. Field strip, clean with a cleaner (not all in one), clean striker channel every once in a while, light coat of Eezox to required surfaces. Plenty of Q-Tips. Clean the frame with a diluted isopropyl alcohol mixture from a spray bottle that I use for cars, etc. That's the gist of what I do.

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Ask 20 people get 20 different answers. LOL !!!! You have to be your own doctor and use what works for you. That simple.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:39 AM   #8
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I always use a light coat of grease on my rails
and bbl of my SA and other weapons. I keep them CLEAN
maybe more than most and have never had an
issue. I find that real ODD of an opnion by SA
saying not to use grease (sparingly mind u)
on their weapons. always worked well for me
so I don't plan on changing the game at this point.

Grease has it place on firearms so does oil
you gotta make your own call on this one.

Maybe SA could of done up one like this for all new pistols.

WAIT JUST FOUND THIS ONE!



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Old 08-10-2012, 09:13 AM   #9
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I just switched to frog lube and I am very impressed. I have been using break free clp and rem oil for a long time.
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Never use grease as its a carrier of debris which will carry crap to imbed and wear surfaces.
The ONLY time this statement would be valid is if you NEVER cleaned your gun. I have been using grease for years with absolutely no problem whatsoever. But I do clean my handguns after every visit to the range.

The use of a light film of grease on the rails of any semi-auto handgun is perfectly acceptable if you keep the gun clean!
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