Monday, November 6, 2017

Lube and Spare Guns

My recent post got a couple comments worth addressing.

-Different forms of firearm lubrication. I should give the disclaimer that some guns have specific needs for specific reasons. You should always do what the manufacturer recommends. That said.....

It is my somewhat experienced opinion that any/ all commonly available lubricants perform Very similarly if not the same. Typically I will just use motor oil. The people making claims about this special lubricant or that one almost invariably have a vested financial interest in selling said product.

- Using spare parts to build more guns. Don't get me wrong if you have all the parts to make a gun make a gun. That said you still want spare parts, now for your two guns. Look at it like this. Most of us own a car. That car has a spare tire. If it goes through a certain fuse/ bulb you probably keep a couple around. You don't need he added expense of a whole other car just to get the tire and bulb!

On the bright side most of the parts that typically would need to be repaired are pretty cheap. Pins, springs, etc. Buying a whole second $800 rifle to get $200 in spare parts doesn't make sense. Plus when you take the first $5 part now that while gun is deadlined! Buy a second (or 5tg!) rifle if you need/ want one but don't ignore spare parts. 

3 comments:

Fidel said...

I use jet turbine oil....a quart is $15 or so on Amazon, it will last me the rest of my life, and meets or surpasses all the magical lube nonsense the gunshop commandos spout for their miracle lube (except being OK to eat, but WTF would anyone want to eat gun oil)?

Anonymous said...

You might also want to check out high temperature lithium grease as a lubricant as well. Does not evaporate and just a little bit goes a long way. A couple of tubes of that stuff bought at Wal-Mart (about $5 last time I checked) would be a good alternative. Learned about it in a blog and tried it out - it works great.

riverrider said...

i was up to 17, sold a few, got spare parts, built a few, back at 17, almost bought 3 more receivers on sale yesterday. i need help, lol. still have boxes of extra springs/pins/screws/etc....point taken, though i have seen receivers broken in half.

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