How much lube?

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  1. newTexan

    newTexan XDTalk Newbie

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    I have an XDM in 9mm and I've typically oiled it pretty thouroughly. I put oil on a q-tip and go over the slide rails and any part that looks "shiny". I also put a couple drops on the spring and wipe an oiled patch around the outside of the barrel everywhere.

    Then I was told this may be too much oil since it will seep out particularly along the slides. It was suggested that I barely need any oil and to cut way back on the amount I put on.

    So, I guess what I'm asking is how much lube does it really need?

    Thanks!

     
  2. WGSNewnan

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    ill say this - too much lube is just as bad as no lube. we were instructed in our sig armorers course to take a large cleaning patch with a small amount of clp and wipe all metal surfaces with it. then place one drop of lube on each rail, one on top of the barrel, and one on the trigger bar. has always worked for me with no ill effects.
     
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    Just enough where it goes in.
     
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    It sounds like you may have too much lube. You want the metal to be coated but not dripping. Lube attracts dirt and dust and can turn into a nasty abrasive. If you prefer to run on the wetter side or use grease, it's better (IMO) to clean it up regularly and re-apply so the lube stays clean.
     
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    compliments of XDGuys.com

    the pic is an XD, but the same theory applies

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    I tried the above min. lube as suggested above.

    I say tear down your gun after several range trips you will see wear in places not anticipated.
    grease & oil where wear is noticed in addition to the chart.


    I use grease, oil runs out & shooting in extreme heat will not hold up at all.
    after using grease on everything + oil on springs & rotating parts wear is not noticeable now

    works for me
     
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    +1 on the gun grease. I do the same as you...

    K
     
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    What grease do you guys use? We have some nasty black stuff at work.
     
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    I hope i'm not violate any forum rule by repeat my question on two threads, but since I found another thread about lubrication. I repeat my question that I posted on another thread.

    Should I just Over lubricate my gun a bit to make sure I lube it enough or lube it minimal and hope that I lube it just right? What do you all think? I always have a fear that I didn't lube my gun enough.
     
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    i had a thread on here a few months back about over lubricating and got some good knowledge. as was said earlier in this thread you dont want to over lubricate as the lube collects dirt and crap which could, in some cases, screw up your gun. also, if its a carry gun the lube could seep/leak out and get all over you and thats just a mess. some advice i learned from here is to get one of those synthetic q-tip makeup applicator things and put a few drops of lube on that and then use that to go over the parts that need lubing. it helps for more even distribution of the lube and to avoid the "oh crap i wanted 1 drop but got 10" situation, which is just a pain.
     
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    I oil a cleaning cloth and rub everything metal on the gun, I then take a dry cloth and rub off all of the excess. Use a silicone cloth on the outside of the slides. I recently started using Remington dry lube on the rails though

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    Ok so I guess rather to Under lubricate your gun than Over lubricate it.
     
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    Like I said on the other thread like this. I use very little oil and wipe all I can off.
     
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    This is what I do, as well. I've got well over 1500 rounds thru' both my 4.5 and my 3.8, and I haven't had any problems at all.

     

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