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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:34:50 PM
A couple of buddies and I are going hunting up in Utah in January. I'm fully expecting the weather to be horrible, but at the very least I know that where we're going it's going to be pretty cold. I grew up in Texas and have never really done too much cold weather shooting, so I don't have much experience with lube for cold weather. I currently use CLP and am wondering if that will work well for the cold, or if I should transition to something else. We'll be doing quite a bit of hiking in, so it would have to deal with a lot of exposure to the cold without gumming up for when I need it. Any suggestions?
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:37:48 PM
I just use Rem Lube synthetic spray when it gets cold
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:41:30 PM
Mobil 1 5w-30 synthetic.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:47:48 PM
I've heard that powdered graphite or similar solid lube is best in REALLY cold situations. I have no experience with this, personally, however.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:48:33 PM
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
I've heard that powdered graphite or similar solid lube is best in REALLY cold situations. I have no experience with this, personally, however.


Do not use graphite in an AR!! Bad idea!
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:50:32 PM
I've heard pretty good things about the mobil 1, anything I need to know specifically about applying it? Or do I just apply it like normal lube after I clean my rifle?
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:53:27 PM
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
I've heard that powdered graphite or similar solid lube is best in REALLY cold situations. I have no experience with this, personally, however.


Pretty sure that would be a big no no....
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Posted: 12/5/2012 1:56:41 PM
I would like to know as well. We are about to start using carbines up here in North Alberta where it sits around -22F all winter. So it'll be sitting in a patrol cruiser freezing.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:01:06 PM
Clp has always worked for me, even in extreme cold.

Another good cold weather lube is LAW.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:01:23 PM
CLP should work. IRRC it is/was spec'd to -50 F. I've used it down to around 0 in high mountain desert regions without issue. When I was at Camp Pettawawa (sp?) in Ontario with the Canadian Airborne Regiment (RIP) in '94 they and we used standard CLP.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:03:51 PM
Originally Posted By RobNC:
CLP should work. IRRC it is/was spec'd to -50 F. I've used it down to around 0 in high mountain desert regions without issue. When I was at Camp Pettawawa (sp?) in Ontario with the Canadian Airborne Regiment (RIP) in '94 they and we used standard CLP.

Good luck,
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I thought it was -20F, but I could be wrong.

Mobil1 in several flavors would work down to -40F pretty well....
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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:04:05 PM
Good to hear about the CLP, too. Like I mentioned, it's what I use now and I haven't had any issues, I've just also never used it when it's really cold out.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:06:54 PM
Whats wrong with Super Lube? I read a thread on here a while back showing it outperformed Frog Lube by leaps and bounds.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:24:32 PM
I used Mobil 1 * 10w30 for late season high mountain hunting, down to -15'/-20'F with zero problems, while a buddies bolt froze/gummed up (he used RemOil).
This was in the 90's so the RemOil may have changed formulas since. I'd probably go 0w-30 now.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:31:51 PM
Originally Posted By QuicksilverJPR:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
I've heard that powdered graphite or similar solid lube is best in REALLY cold situations. I have no experience with this, personally, however.


Pretty sure that would be a big no no....


Why? Help the ignorant please...

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Posted: 12/5/2012 2:36:18 PM
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
Originally Posted By QuicksilverJPR:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
I've heard that powdered graphite or similar solid lube is best in REALLY cold situations. I have no experience with this, personally, however.


Pretty sure that would be a big no no....


Why? Help the ignorant please...

- AG


Graphite is abrasive/can break down aluminum, and can cause it to corrode when it comes into contact with other moisture (especially sweat and such)....
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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:07:01 PM
Originally Posted By QuicksilverJPR:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
Originally Posted By QuicksilverJPR:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
I've heard that powdered graphite or similar solid lube is best in REALLY cold situations. I have no experience with this, personally, however.


Pretty sure that would be a big no no....


Why? Help the ignorant please...

- AG


Graphite is abrasive/can break down aluminum, and can cause it to corrode when it comes into contact with other moisture (especially sweat and such)....


I didn't think that graphite was abrasive... hell it is used as a lubricant. Plus, if graphite (carbon) were corrosive/ broke down aluminum, why wouldn't powder fouling do the same?

Not trying to be a wise ass, this just sounds like internet rumor to me.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:27:22 PM
Originally Posted By WI57:
Clp has always worked for me, even in extreme cold.

Another good cold weather lube is LAW.



BF CLP or Slip 2000 EWL..

Gun oil for guns.....



EOTW....or no more CLP....

Ill use mobil...better than nothing

and Froglube is a no go


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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:36:29 PM
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
Originally Posted By QuicksilverJPR:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
Originally Posted By QuicksilverJPR:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
I've heard that powdered graphite or similar solid lube is best in REALLY cold situations. I have no experience with this, personally, however.


Pretty sure that would be a big no no....


Why? Help the ignorant please...

- AG


Graphite is abrasive/can break down aluminum, and can cause it to corrode when it comes into contact with other moisture (especially sweat and such)....


I didn't think that graphite was abrasive... hell it is used as a lubricant. Plus, if graphite (carbon) were corrosive/ broke down aluminum, why wouldn't powder fouling do the same?

Not trying to be a wise ass, this just sounds like internet rumor to me.

- AG


I have as yet to research the topic on the internet, but now that you mention it, I think I will check it out....
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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:46:44 PM
Mobil 1 synthetic 0W - [whatever is cheapest].
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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:02:02 PM
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
Originally Posted By QuicksilverJPR:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
Originally Posted By QuicksilverJPR:
Originally Posted By Aggie_Gunner:
I've heard that powdered graphite or similar solid lube is best in REALLY cold situations. I have no experience with this, personally, however.


Pretty sure that would be a big no no....


Why? Help the ignorant please...

- AG


Graphite is abrasive/can break down aluminum, and can cause it to corrode when it comes into contact with other moisture (especially sweat and such)....


I didn't think that graphite was abrasive... hell it is used as a lubricant. Plus, if graphite (carbon) were corrosive/ broke down aluminum, why wouldn't powder fouling do the same?

Not trying to be a wise ass, this just sounds like internet rumor to me.

- AG


Graphite has been used as lubrication but at the same time the structure of graphite makes it very strong and can be abrasive. Graphite is very similar in structure to diamond and carbon nanotubes.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:11:38 PM
Mobil 1!!!!

its easy to apply clean and dip...

I keep my left over oil from the bottom of my jugs after I change my oil it give it all a light coat on the BCG it works fantastic cold or hot.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 4:56:24 PM
Graphite absorbs moisture and clumps together; also there is a potential corrosion problem with dissimilar metals, in this case steel and aluminum, which graphite can exacerbate.
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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:58:54 PM
Super lube is good to - 45┬░
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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:05:22 PM
Originally Posted By uxo2:
Originally Posted By WI57:
Clp has always worked for me, even in extreme cold.

Another good cold weather lube is LAW.



BF CLP or Slip 2000 EWL..

Gun oil for guns.....



EOTW....or no more CLP....

Ill use mobil...better than nothing

and Froglube is a no go




Froglube says it is rated to -40 degrees. Is this not so?
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Posted: 12/5/2012 6:14:46 PM
Make sure your rifles are super clean...you can use less lube. I rep a race oil line and use their Hotrod synthetic..BTW I am in ND...bring your mittens!!!
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