Proper Lubrication XD 45

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  1. SHV

    SHV XDTalk 100 Member

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    Hi,

    Unlike the Glock owner's manual, which points out very specific places to lube and how much to use, the XD owner's manual is very generic.

    What's the proper placement, procedure and amount to lube an XD 45 after cleaning?

    Thanks.
     
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    Place lube/grease on all points where metal touches metal....that's the rule I follow.
     
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    sloopy70 XDTalk 2K Member

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    It's really not very important... You can run these guns dry for thousands of rounds and it still won't phase them, or make them wear prematurely... I use very little on my competition gun... actually can't reember the last time I lubed it up... No malfunctions...
     
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    ^^^ :shock:
     
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    sloopy70 XDTalk 2K Member

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    No honestly, its not as big a deal as you'd think... these guns are made to run... Most people WAY over lube theyre pistols... if you rack it after oiling and oil is spilling out of the slide thats WAY too much... I've got 20,000 rounds through my xd9, have went through LARGE round counts between cleanings and lubings... unless your shooting incredibly dirty ammo or are dropping it in the mud all the time you'll be fine...
     
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    yeah...but why not take good care of any tool you own? i can see doing it to test the limits, but you're saying something to the effect of "i change the oil in my car every 50,000 miles, not every 5,000. screw that. the car runs fine either way."

    imho.
     
  7. sloopy70

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    No, not the same at all... I do take care of it, the fact is that it doesn't need as much as most people think... the tolerances in the xd are loose enough that it doesn't beat itself to death if its shot dry every now and then... I'm not saying never oil it up, I'm just saying most people are obsessive to the point to where it doesn't need it... Obviously it doesn't hurt anything to keep it bathed in oil, but at the same time it can be overkill... Think of it this way... the more oil you have in it, the more trash its going to attract and absorb, so every time you clean it you think its horribly dirty..
     
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    Oh, are we supposed to lube these things ?? Just kidding, I use very light lubing on slide rails, and thats about it. Too much is bad.

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    As stated, use very little on the slide rails. Also, on the barrel and on the top of the chamber. ROT, where you see wear marks.

    "Very little" defined: that amount of lube that you get on your finger when you run it around the squirt tip on a bottle of lube. That should be enough for the barrel. Do it again for the slide rails and you're good to go.

    As Sloopy70 stated, if it's splashing out or seeping, it's too much. :p

    I personally clean and lube my guns habitually w/in 3 days of visiting the range...if not the same day.
     
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    Haha, its been atleast 3 matches or so since mine had a good field strip and clean... probably 2,000 rounds ago...
     
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    I think I'll have to start calling you "Pigpen", LOL. :p
     
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    lol its not very dirty... just looked at it... reason its not very dirty is because of the lack of excessive oil to grab trash and hold it there.. :)
     
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    I change the oil in my Tundra every 6 months whether it needs it or not. 25,000 miles and the oil still looks good when I drain it. My plastic guns get a paper towel and a little Breakfree CLP every now and then, too:D
     
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    I grease areas that rub/slide and oil pivot points. Oil should be able to be felt but not wet and grease should just be a very light film.
    If you have lube on the outside and on your hands after firing you are using too much, a little around the pins/levers on the outside is okay.
     
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    A good rule of thumb to follow is something I saw a Sig armorer recommend for their pistols...if it is shiny it gets lubed. Meaning shiny parts of a pistol signify metal against metal and therefore requiring SOME lubrication to assure proper functioning and longevity.

    With my XD, after cleaning I will wipe down the barrel and guide rod with a lightly oiled rag with just enough oil to deposit a very thin film. I will also put a tiny dab (about half the size of a head of a pin) of Tetra gun grease on the slides and rack it a few times to work it around.
     
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    I use grease on the rails and a drop or two of motor oil on the trigger group. I might switch the ATF for the internals, pending more research.

    I do the same for most my guns.
     
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    I agree with carefully inspecting my XD45ACP for the "wear marks". I do saturate a Q-tip with the bottle CLP from Remington and find that is close to right. I put a drop of oil on the barrel and lugs and rub it around for the proper amount of lube. I take a dry Q-tip to wipe any excess. My XD45ACP is my carry gun, so I bet my life on it.

    I also own a Colt M1911 (serial # 4,xxx) that my Grandfather carried in WW I. The gun still shoots and has an incredible trigger action. Grandfather and my Father used Hoppes #9 and 3-in 1 oil to clean and lube it for almost 100 years, and it is a wonderful and reliable pistol to this day. I think about all the guns in the museums and believe it was Hoppie's, 3-in-1, and occasional inspection and cleaning that have kept them running.

    Any opinions?

    1EYEJACK
     
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    hoppes ftw! i like the #9 and their gun oil...haven't tried anything else since my grandfather taught me how to clean the .22 long ago.
     
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    thanks everyone!
     
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    yeah ditto on hoppes #9 and 3-in1 oil. that's a good combo. usually just a tiny drop on the slides and dab the wear points with a toothpick that has a little oil on it.

    Grizz
     

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