proper clean & lube/oil technique

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  1. BENSTER

    BENSTER XDTalk Newbie

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    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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    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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    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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    Never use grease as its a carrier of debris which will carry crap to imbed and wear surfaces.
     
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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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    I use Frog Lube and its awesome. Minty!
     
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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.

    Exactly right.
     
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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!

    [​IMG]

    Gotta be one of these for the Xds
     
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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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    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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    The oil/grease did catch my eye. It seems the oil would cut the grease, but then again he might only be applying a tiny bit. I'm not worried to about about brand name oil, I has the same two bottles of oil for as long as I can remember (i haven't been shooting for 15 years).

    Striker fire is new to me, I'm just trying to get a handle on the latest ideas.

    On that Xd-9 exploded view...what is the purpose of oiling the top slide behind the front sight? Did that mean on the inside?

    While I'm asking a bunch of questions: what is the benefit of a silicone rag? One was given to me on a previous handgun purchase, and I never opened it. Seemed silly to wipe silicone over a gun I just oiled.

    Thanks for the replies. I understand the "20 different answers" issue, I think we are narrowing the focus in this thread.
     
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    Just started using TW25B and cleaning materials from the same line (millcom) and so far great results.

    Although I used Birchwood and Remington cleaners and Remoil for years and they worked fine too.

    Very much personnal preference.
     
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    I usually keep my gun steeping in a vat of CLP until I'm ready to use it. It sprays oil like a mo-fo, but it hasn't stopped working yet!

    It does get hard to hold though, but that sandpaper grip helps.
     
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    I may have to try that approach lol :rolleyes:
     
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    Never used grease before. I've always just used oils w/o problems. Recently started using Mobil 1 synthetic & it seems to stay put better than any of the other gun oils I've tried.
     
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    I have been pleasantly surprised with GunSlick foaming oil.
    Kinda the best of both worlds. Like having grease and oil in one.
    Comes out in foam form, but spreads into a oily film that does not migrate like regular gun oil. I usually spray a small foam puff then apply with a Q-tip from there.
    Neat stuff
     
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    That threw me for a second too. It does have a note saying on the underside/inside of the slide.
     
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    Does anyone use a sonic cleaner? I've been considering purchasing one.

    On a site, note, from what I understand the Tetra Gun Grease is applied so thinly that dirt, etc will not mitigate to it and cause any issues. I have not tried it but am considering ordering a tube. I found Grab a Gun has a 1 oz tube pretty cheap at $2.42
     
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    +1 This is my standard approach to cleaning.
     
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    This always sounds like a discussion on "what kind of pizza do you like?" Everyone has a different solution (NPI) and various chemicals. I haven't been doing it for years and years but only use Gunzilla on every gun I have and have 600+ rounds through the XDs with no problems at all. Seems simple, neat and odor free; just my opinion, of course.
     

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