All I have ever used to lubricate my firearms is Mobil 1 Motor Oil, ATF, (Automatic Transmission Fluid), and for very high pressure friction points like bolt lugs on bolt action rifles and hinge pins on O/U shotguns I will use a small amount of STP. I have never had a a gun rust or fail because of a lubrication issue in over 45 years.
Gun oils and greases are overpriced "snake oils" in fancy packaging, nothing more. Know what a Castrol Rep told me your getting when you spend $8.00 for a bottle of "Castrol / Hoppes Synthetic Gun Oil"? Castrol Syntec Motor Oil with an emulsifier added to it. You can buy it all day for around $4.50 @ quart, or pay $8.00 for 4 ounces of it in a fancy brushed Aluminum pump bottle. Same with a lot of these "Gun Greases".
Go into any auto parts store and you can buy a large tube of Moly Grease that will last the average shooter a lifetime for a couple of bucks. It's as good, or better than these miracle gun greases they sell for over $10.00 for a 1/4 ounce! An even better product is the Mobil 1 Synthetic Grease. It comes in a 1 pound tub for around $6.00.
If you like the fancy hypo type applicator, you can get one at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, or most any other drug store for around .25 to .50 cents, and it's refillable too boot.
Mobil 1 can be tailored to your climate just as you would if you used it in your car. If you shoot or hunt in very frigid climate it comes in a 0W-20 grade that won't stiffen up in cold weather. Here in Arizona we don't get much cold weather, but in the Summer it can get blistering hot so I use the 10W-40 or the 20W-50 grade. It has a nice viscosity that won't run off metal and dry up in a few days like some of these water thin gun oils like "Rem-Oil" will. Mobil 1 Synthetic Gear Lube has an even higher viscosity that works well on guns that tend to be run at higher temperatures like AR-15's and AK-47's. It comes in a 75W-140 Grade.
ATF is a very clean non gumming lubricant that works well for lubricating semi autos and fast moving parts like slides and even trigger mechanisms. I'm not a believer of these so called "dry lubes". 47 years of shooting has taught me one very simple fact. If I can see oil on my firearms, I know I won't be seeing any rust.
All 3 of these products can be purchased at any auto parts store for around $20.00, and will last the average shooter for years, if not a lifetime. I won't overpay for these gun lubes that do nothing better except make you poorer.
+1 on Mobil 1 synthetic. All I ever use and will use. I don't believe in fear selling tactics. I use wd40 to lube and clean my motorcycle chains, lasts longer and cost less than motorcycle specific chain oil. 3 bikes not one problem with rusting or premature chain wear (my Chain always look new).
Back to the topic at hand. I got to xdsc's 40 and 9 and the both have only seen Mobil 1 since new. Not one problem with either of them. Oil has always been more about preference than most Other factors, todays sythetics are really good stuff. Buy what you like, but understand what you are using and why you bought it.
my gun oil is a mixture or royal purple motor oil, royal purple maxfilm, royal purple gun oil, and a Very small amount of royal purple grease. Shake it up everytime before i use it. I switched to frog lube once, And had wear marks on my AR. I had no wear before I switched over.
The grant cunningham article was a nice read, and I'm interested in the oil and grease. Question, has anyone actually used either and where did you find it? Lubriplate don't list either on the online store.
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