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Flipbox  [Member]
1/3/2012 8:12:49 PM
I am new to the site and to my new ar that wife got me for x-mas I was wondering the best oil to use and cleaner thanks for any help
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0612Devil  [Team Member]
1/3/2012 8:15:08 PM
Dedicated gun lube? - Slip2000 is well reviewed here.

I've been using Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w for years without issue. Best lube I've ever personally used. Welcome to the board.
RedFalconBill  [Team Member]
1/3/2012 8:21:19 PM

Originally Posted By Flipbox:
I am new to the site and to my new ar that wife got me for x-mas I was wondering the best oil to use and cleaner thanks for any help

Welcome to the site! Did you look at the link provided in your 1st post?

'The Best' is subjective. Are you looking for one do it all product? The three pack of Slip 2000 (oil, carbon cleaner, and bore solvent) is an easy do it all.
gunner01  [Life Member]
1/3/2012 8:31:41 PM
Slip 2000, Tetra & Microlon all good!
Michael_M  [Member]
1/3/2012 8:33:56 PM
Nickel Boron from Fail Zero
dfariswheel  [Member]
1/3/2012 8:52:33 PM
Everyone has their own favorites, there is no "best".

Probably the most used lubricant in the AR and one of the very best is CLP Breakfree.

For cleaning the bore and and other parts buy a bore solvent. Good old Hoppe's #9 works well.
ruger556boy  [Team Member]
1/3/2012 8:57:46 PM
Mil Tec. I have had the large bottle for about 4 years and it works like a champ still have 3/4 of a bottle left with 13 fire arms cleaned and lubed regularly. Never had a lube issue with this stuff.
genesis  [Team Member]
1/3/2012 8:59:34 PM
CLP
imq707s  [Member]
1/3/2012 9:09:50 PM
Originally Posted By 0612Devil:
Dedicated gun lube? - Slip2000 is well reviewed here.

I've been using Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w for years without issue. Best lube I've ever personally used. Welcome to the board.


I have switched over to using Mobil1 Synthetic on all of my guns a few year ago, and I couldn't be happier. 1 quart will last you a lifetime!
TJRoush  [Member]
1/3/2012 9:10:20 PM
Shooters Choice FP-10 for me..or WeaponShield.
pwr2al4  [Team Member]
1/3/2012 11:57:39 PM
hey welcome,
just a heads up your gonna get 6000 different answers. This is 'the' questions where you ask 5 people you get 42 answers.

Personally I like CLP, I dont like Militec, and I've read enough oil journals the believe that's I best save the mobil 1 for my car. But that is just me.

Here is what I can tell you as a fact. Your AR should run well clean, it will run well dirty, even filthy, as well as hot or cold, but the one thing that you want to keep in mind is that in the choice between running it a little on the dry side or a little wet, always keep it wet.

Outside of extremel environments or combat, this is really the only thing that may ever play a factor for you, when in doubt just give ti a drop or two along the holes on the BCG.

There have been quite a few writeups about this question with tons of different conclusions. But one of the most thorough, and numerous proved pretty convincingly that any type of of light oil based lube including vagisil if you happen to have a tube just laying around, will keep an ar running, they are all fine compared to letting it run to dry.
Gregory_K  [Team Member]
1/4/2012 7:18:35 AM
A oil that meets MIL-PRF-63460 (only 3 do, 2 are easy to get) or better.
AMUshooter10  [Team Member]
1/4/2012 12:08:48 PM
LAW
Flipbox  [Member]
1/4/2012 11:47:17 PM
Thanks to all!!
RHspen  [Member]
1/6/2012 5:27:52 PM
Slip2000 , Mobil 1 Synthetic
saliva2002  [Member]
1/7/2012 6:31:10 AM
for you guys talking about slip2000, i have a question. These cleaner/lubes marketed as cleaner lubricats, do you just wipe it down like a cleaner and then add a few drops and spread as needed for a lubricant, or is the cleaning supposed to apply the needed lubricant as well, 2 steps in 1?
GADeerHunter  [Member]
1/7/2012 9:05:57 PM
Originally Posted By saliva2002:
for you guys talking about slip2000, i have a question. These cleaner/lubes marketed as cleaner lubricats, do you just wipe it down like a cleaner and then add a few drops and spread as needed for a lubricant, or is the cleaning supposed to apply the needed lubricant as well, 2 steps in 1?


Its not really a "cleaner". The lubricant keeps the built up carbon from sticking to the metal, and instead it becomes infused with the lube. So, when you go to wipe the lube off the carbon comes off with it.

However, I don't use just the lube to clean. The BCG gets a bath in Slip 2000 Degreaser/Cleaner or carbon cutter, and the upper and barrel gets cleaned with degreaser/cleaner. I prefer it to using just lube. But the lube will make it much easier to wipe off the majority of the carbon.
saliva2002  [Member]
1/8/2012 12:22:27 AM
Originally Posted By GADeerHunter:
Originally Posted By saliva2002:
for you guys talking about slip2000, i have a question. These cleaner/lubes marketed as cleaner lubricats, do you just wipe it down like a cleaner and then add a few drops and spread as needed for a lubricant, or is the cleaning supposed to apply the needed lubricant as well, 2 steps in 1?


Its not really a "cleaner". The lubricant keeps the built up carbon from sticking to the metal, and instead it becomes infused with the lube. So, when you go to wipe the lube off the carbon comes off with it.

However, I don't use just the lube to clean. The BCG gets a bath in Slip 2000 Degreaser/Cleaner or carbon cutter, and the upper and barrel gets cleaned with degreaser/cleaner. I prefer it to using just lube. But the lube will make it much easier to wipe off the majority of the carbon.


1. Are you talking about a normal CLP or specifically of the Slip2000 725 Cleaner/Degreaser. This stuff looks potent and probably not good if it gets on the non-metallic surfaces, but then again I could be wrong...... i have been wrong before

2. And with these products that want you to wipe every metallic surface so they become infuse/impregnated with the lube, after you wipe everything down, is it necessary to put drops of lube where directed, or is wiping good enough?
jukeboxx13  [Member]
1/8/2012 4:01:46 AM
i use ballistol for all my guns..it works as lube and to clean and does not eat away at the parts
TexMedic  [Member]
1/8/2012 4:43:00 AM
Tuf-Glide works well in places that don't see too much heat. It's a dry lube so dirt doesn't stick to it.
I use it on the trigger, mag release, etc.
http://www.sentrysolutions.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=SENTRY&Product_Code=91062&Category_Code=FIREARMS

Everywhere else I'm liking Gun Butter.
http://www.gunbutter.com/

I used CLP forever, but to me it seems like Gun Butter sticks better than CLP and lasts longer.

I use CU+2 Copper remover for cleaning the bore
http://www.boretech.com/products/copperremover.shtml

I have no complaints about its effectiveness plus it isn't toxic and doesn't have too strong of an odor.




AR15fan  [Team Member]
1/8/2012 12:54:01 PM
Originally Posted By Flipbox:
I am new to the site and to my new ar that wife got me for x-mas I was wondering the best oil to use and cleaner thanks for any help


Whatever one you can get for free.
danc46  [Team Member]
1/8/2012 1:01:25 PM
Tetra works really well as a lubricant. It will actually increase the accuracy on a barrel if it is "worked into" the lands and grooves.
I've loosened up some really tight actions with it on new Winchester lever actions.
I've meticulously cleaned the bore on a 308, then ran a Tetra soaked patch up and down the bore a few dozen times.
It increased the accuracy from a 1" 3 shot group to 3 shots actually touching at 100 yards.
I've used Tetra grease on revolver actions for years and I know it smooths them up a lot.
It also makes muzzle loader (actual black powder) rifles much easier to clean when the bores are treated like I did the 308 above.
It's a good lubricant.
GADeerHunter  [Member]
1/8/2012 8:50:23 PM
Originally Posted By saliva2002:
Originally Posted By GADeerHunter:
Originally Posted By saliva2002:
for you guys talking about slip2000, i have a question. These cleaner/lubes marketed as cleaner lubricats, do you just wipe it down like a cleaner and then add a few drops and spread as needed for a lubricant, or is the cleaning supposed to apply the needed lubricant as well, 2 steps in 1?


Its not really a "cleaner". The lubricant keeps the built up carbon from sticking to the metal, and instead it becomes infused with the lube. So, when you go to wipe the lube off the carbon comes off with it.

However, I don't use just the lube to clean. The BCG gets a bath in Slip 2000 Degreaser/Cleaner or carbon cutter, and the upper and barrel gets cleaned with degreaser/cleaner. I prefer it to using just lube. But the lube will make it much easier to wipe off the majority of the carbon.


1. Are you talking about a normal CLP or specifically of the Slip2000 725 Cleaner/Degreaser. This stuff looks potent and probably not good if it gets on the non-metallic surfaces, but then again I could be wrong...... i have been wrong before

2. And with these products that want you to wipe every metallic surface so they become infuse/impregnated with the lube, after you wipe everything down, is it necessary to put drops of lube where directed, or is wiping good enough?


1. I am specifically talking about Slip 2000 Cleaner/Degreaser. CLP's powder blast is potent but it doesn't harm most plastic gun parts. I used to use it or brake cleaner before I switched to Slip 2000's cleaner/degreaser since its safe and non-toxic.

2. I put a light film on all metallic areas before I put the gun away. I apply more to the BCG and charging handle prior to shooting. I do think Slip "infuses" with the metal, but I still keep the gun wet all of the time.


MadnessReigns  [Member]
1/9/2012 5:04:40 PM
I use CLP, gunzilla or M-Pro 7 LPX...depending on what mood I'm in
HK-USP  [Member]
1/9/2012 5:36:42 PM
I use Break-Free CLP to clean the barrel and Slip 2000 EWL on the bolt & carrier rails and charging handle.
saliva2002  [Member]
1/10/2012 2:08:10 AM
Originally Posted By HK-USP:
I use Break-Free CLP to clean the barrel and Slip 2000 EWL on the bolt & carrier rails and charging handle.


does the machine gun lube work better than the standard lube?
afropro  [Member]
1/10/2012 3:54:13 AM
I'm new to AR's and just found the time to take mine out on Sunday.
I used Hoppes oil in the orange bottle for lube but will be using Froglube for now on.

Used CLP to clean the barrel but will be probably be switching to something else in the future. Got some CLP on the handguards and it turned white in areas. Can that be removed or will it just fade over time? Will probably get some Slip2000 cleaner/degreaser to replace the CLP.
danc46  [Team Member]
1/10/2012 4:18:19 AM
Originally Posted By afropro:
I'm new to AR's and just found the time to take mine out on Sunday.
I used Hoppes oil in the orange bottle for lube but will be using Froglube for now on.

Used CLP to clean the barrel but will be probably be switching to something else in the future. Got some CLP on the handguards and it turned white in areas. Can that be removed or will it just fade over time? Will probably get some Slip2000 cleaner/degreaser to replace the CLP.


Rub some petroleum jelly on the plastic. It works well in darkening plastic that has been colored by a solvent.
ishoot2live  [Team Member]
1/10/2012 4:31:02 AM
Slip 2000 EWL
Mobil 1
CLP

In that order.
Blankwaffe98  [Member]
1/10/2012 5:05:35 AM
Originally Posted By afropro:
I'm new to AR's and just found the time to take mine out on Sunday.
I used Hoppes oil in the orange bottle for lube but will be using Froglube for now on.

Used CLP to clean the barrel but will be probably be switching to something else in the future. Got some CLP on the handguards and it turned white in areas. Can that be removed or will it just fade over time? Will probably get some Slip2000 cleaner/degreaser to replace the CLP.


Nothing wrong with CLP(I assume you have Break Free) and will serve you well.Its the most tested and most used gun care product of the last thirty years.
As far as the handguards getting white spots,Ive used CLP(liquid) on the polymer furniture routinely to clean and bring back luster,no issue.
If you're going to use Break Free CLP I'd recommend the liquid version...personal dislike for anything aerosol,the liquid is a better/longer lasting lube than the aerosol version.
Otherwise the Slip2000 gun lube or EWL will be fine as well.As a note,IMHO the EWL stays put much better in use and does not smoke as bad when heated.
All that said,my preferred gun oil is Weapon Shield CLP and I highly recommend it FWTW.




SkagSig40  [Team Member]
1/10/2012 2:59:29 PM
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
A oil that meets MIL-PRF-63460 (only 3 do, 2 are easy to get) or better.


What 3 is it?
markfall  [Team Member]
1/10/2012 3:10:24 PM
If you aren't using mobile 1, you are wasting money, IMO. Best stuff there is.
Gregory_K  [Team Member]
1/10/2012 4:04:10 PM
Originally Posted By SkagSig40:
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
A oil that meets MIL-PRF-63460 (only 3 do, 2 are easy to get) or better.


What 3 is it?


BF CLP, G96 syn gun oil, and a royco brand that since rem stopped selling it (rem nitro cleaner iirc) I've never seen it for saleto civis in small enough vol.
Blankwaffe98  [Member]
1/10/2012 6:06:22 PM
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
Originally Posted By SkagSig40:
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
A oil that meets MIL-PRF-63460 (only 3 do, 2 are easy to get) or better.


What 3 is it?


BF CLP, G96 syn gun oil, and a royco brand that since rem stopped selling it (rem nitro cleaner iirc) I've never seen it for saleto civis in small enough vol.


GregoryK,
Have you seen any recent feedback on the G96 CLP end performance from the civilian market?
I see the G96 metal treatment in stores locally but none of the CLP so far.I thought it would be widely available by now.
Curious enough to get some to test myself....but Im trying to refrain from that habit due to accumulated inventory of gun oils.
Gregory_K  [Team Member]
1/10/2012 7:32:21 PM
Originally Posted By Blankwaffe98:
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
Originally Posted By SkagSig40:
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
A oil that meets MIL-PRF-63460 (only 3 do, 2 are easy to get) or better.


What 3 is it?


BF CLP, G96 syn gun oil, and a royco brand that since rem stopped selling it (rem nitro cleaner iirc) I've never seen it for saleto civis in small enough vol.


GregoryK,
Have you seen any recent feedback on the G96 CLP end performance from the civilian market?
I see the G96 metal treatment in stores locally but none of the CLP so far.I thought it would be widely available by now.
Curious enough to get some to test myself....but Im trying to refrain from that habit due to accumulated inventory of gun oils.


I've only used the G96 treatment as well. reminds of ezzox and iirc is based of the same plastizer oils. I had some cracking issues with some none gun realeted plastics while using the product. the g96 is light protects from rust and acts like a penteranting oil for freeing up some "sticky" hinges, cleans rust up a bit as well and kind of reminds me of nutmeg.

I have asked my local GS to get some in on the next order as they stock some g96 products. I may have to remind him as he was busy and I told him it is not important.

Blankwaffe98  [Member]
1/10/2012 9:30:01 PM
Yeap,I remember the posts about the G96 gun treatment effect on polymer padlock base rings and the like from the days of the Firepower forum.
I will get a 4oz. bottle of the G96 synthetic CLP and run it just to satisfy my curiousity.Never know,might be the next best thing and never know it.I'll post up a review in a couple months of my impressions as well.
Firebird69  [Team Member]
1/11/2012 4:18:30 PM
d90king  [Member]
1/11/2012 4:23:03 PM
M Pro7 has served me very well.
leakycow  [Member]
1/13/2012 10:45:08 PM
I like CLP and FP10
Greg3  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 9:01:41 AM
Originally Posted By imq707s:
Originally Posted By 0612Devil:
Dedicated gun lube? - Slip2000 is well reviewed here.

I've been using Mobil 1 Synthetic 5w for years without issue. Best lube I've ever personally used. Welcome to the board.


I have switched over to using Mobil1 Synthetic on all of my guns a few year ago, and I couldn't be happier. 1 quart will last you a lifetime!



This^^^^^

I clean with CLP and use Mobil1 after. It has worked of all of my weapons from the 10/22 to the DLO conversion fullauto 1919 like a charm.

tacticalcarbine  [Member]
1/15/2012 4:20:43 AM
for those using the mobil 1 what kind of little bottles do you use? the little visine size ones that can be thrown in some gear pockets
dogfacepappy  [Team Member]
1/15/2012 5:01:17 AM
Astroglide
TechHell  [Member]
1/15/2012 3:50:14 PM
I use this so far I like it don't know if any one else has had any problems with it or not



http://www.crusaderweaponry.com/shop.php
Winn  [Team Member]
1/16/2012 2:22:50 AM
Originally Posted By Blankwaffe98:

Yeap,I remember the posts about the G96 gun treatment effect on polymer padlock base rings and the like from the days of the Firepower forum.

I will get a 4oz. bottle of the G96 synthetic CLP and run it just to satisfy my curiousity. Never know,might be the next best thing and never know it. I'll post up a review in a couple months of my impressions as well.


Tagged to hear about your results / opinions ...

Blankwaffe98  [Member]
1/16/2012 4:33:38 AM
Will do Winn.
That reminds me I need to call G96 in the mornin and get a jug ordered.Man CRS is getting bad.
SirSqueeboo  [Life Member]
1/16/2012 5:00:02 AM
I finally made the switch from BF CLP to Slip. Damn glad I did.
bigjunk1  [Member]
1/16/2012 6:23:59 AM
Paslode nail gun oil. You will be amazed.
Winn  [Team Member]
1/16/2012 11:57:16 AM
Originally Posted By bigjunk1:

Paslode nail gun oil. You will be amazed.


Honestly, that stuff is probably nothing more than mineral oil.

117F  [Member]
1/16/2012 11:50:10 PM
I have had real good results with Mil-Comm MC3000 on everything from M4, 1911, UMP45, 240B, M2 etc... We have found that it holds up under extreme heat much longer than CLP and with much less fumes and smoke when things get hot. The TW-25B grease we reserve for the minigun, otherwise the MC3000 works better for most all applications as it is a "semi-liquid" compared to the thicker grease in TW-25B. I have never tried some of the other brands that have been mentioned so I have no reason to doubt that they would probably work as advertised. Give a couple a try and see what works!
Dokgaebi  [Member]
1/17/2012 12:16:04 AM
I use Hoppes 9 to clean and "oil" with Breakfree CLP and bit of Mil-comm tw25
FMJ  [Team Member]
1/17/2012 5:24:11 PM
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Originally Posted By Flipbox:
I am new to the site and to my new ar that wife got me for x-mas I was wondering the best oil to use and cleaner thanks for any help


Whatever one you can get for free.


LOL

they all seem to work very well

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