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Posted: 12/11/2008 2:16:20 PM EDT
I broke my AR down last night for engraving and noticed that the spring was powdery dry and was rubbing the finish off of a spot in the buffer tube....

Do I spray a little oil in the tube for preventative maintenance?
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 2:18:58 PM EDT
There's no need to coat the buffer in bearing grease as some have done to reduce the spring noise. The spring noise while shooting is completely normal.

There's also nothing wrong with putting a little bit of oil in your hand running the spring though your fist. Just don't overdo it. I wouldn't spray lube into the buffer tube, just get the spring.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 2:20:06 PM EDT
I oil mine with some drops of 3n1 oil.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 2:24:00 PM EDT
I oil mine...not alot but some....after all it is a moving part.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 2:26:57 PM EDT
Thanks guys - I suspected as much!

Light oil it is.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 2:30:50 PM EDT
You can oil it if you like. If it is a carbine style receiver extension, you'll notice a drain hole at the very rear. If you over oil it will run through that hole and oil up your stock. Or leak into your safes interior, or rifle bag/case.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 3:26:51 PM EDT
Oil will find its way onto the spring & into the tube after a few treatments to your bolt before firing so there's no need to purposely oil the area in question.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 3:39:31 PM EDT
I put a very thin coating of anti-seize on the outer diameter of the spring, anti-seize tends to stay where you put it. It's not necessary but it definitely doesn't hurt anything.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 3:54:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 4:04:31 PM EDT
I knew a guy that packed his in grease. He didn't like the "sound" it made.

AB
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 4:33:55 PM EDT
I do not oil mine.

I clean it every 2000-3000 rounds. but ai have yet to have any debris in there, even after a carbine course.

your gun, do what you like.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 4:44:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By albob:
I knew a guy that packed his in grease. He didn't like the "sound" it made.

AB



WTF??????
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 4:59:47 PM EDT
No doubt....WTF???? NEVER over lube an AR or any weapon for that matter. All it does is allow more crap to stick to those parts. Buffers and springs only need to be cleaned and wiped down. No need to lube them at all.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 7:40:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dmstr02:
Originally Posted By albob:
I knew a guy that packed his in grease. He didn't like the "sound" it made.

AB



WTF??????




Yeah, he could hear the beautiful sound of the spring and didn't like it. What a dipshit.

AB
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 8:13:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/11/2008 8:13:48 PM EDT by nicholsmf]
I just wipe mine down with my cleaning rag that has years of CLP soaked into it from previous cleaning.
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 8:33:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/11/2008 8:35:02 PM EDT by team_oops]
Originally Posted By albob:
Originally Posted By dmstr02:
Originally Posted By albob:
I knew a guy that packed his in grease. He didn't like the "sound" it made.

AB



WTF??????



Yeah, he could hear the beautiful sound of the spring and didn't like it. What a dipshit.

AB


I agree, springs sound very beautiful
Link Posted: 12/11/2008 8:55:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/11/2008 8:56:38 PM EDT by HP40]
I spray my buffer and spring with Rem Oil, it's light and dries to a thin coating. It's also great for flushing out your lower, leaves just the right amount of lube behind and makes it way into the nooks and crannies around pins. Leaves everything very clean. It is however to light to use in your upper or bolt.
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