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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5054550 03/26/19 11:01 AM
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I use M1 0w40 or 15w50 on handguns and rifles.
CLP is also a good choice.


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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5054581 03/26/19 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Yuk
[quote=billt460] clean motor oil is a known carcinogen, and should not be applied to guns which have prolonged contact with skin. Some write, motor oil only becomes a carcinogen once it has been in contact with the byproducts of combustion. Others say, motor oil is damaging to wood finishes, and there are those who say, esters and other synthetic components can cause polymers to swell, or shrink.
What's the truth?


Not sure if we can know the truth anymore.
Seriously, sodas like Coke with lots of sugar or artificial sugar are carcinogenic material more lethal than a drop or two of motor oil in the gun.
We ingest sodas and a lot of process food.
We are soaking the gun in motor oil bath? May be you do but I don't.
So when we are shooting, the oil will just soak into our hand because it is dripping.
No, we are just using a couple of drops of oil and even then, at least, I will wipe it before shooting the gun.

Most of the time, we need to use our discernment aka intelligence when reading something.
There is always agenda even with search engine.
You can believe what you want to belief.


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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: JMJNet] #5054612 03/26/19 12:28 PM
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Originally Posted by JMJNet

Not sure if we can know the truth anymore.
Seriously, sodas like Coke with lots of sugar or artificial sugar are carcinogenic material more lethal than a drop or two of motor oil in the gun.
We ingest sodas and a lot of process food.
We are soaking the gun in motor oil bath? May be you do but I don't.
So when we are shooting, the oil will just soak into our hand because it is dripping.
No, we are just using a couple of drops of oil and even then, at least, I will wipe it before shooting the gun.

Most of the time, we need to use our discernment aka intelligence when reading something.
There is always agenda even with search engine.
You can believe what you want to belief.


All true, especially the comment about search engines! It's now a well know fact that Google censors gun results, so who knows what you're getting when you do a web search?

This is exactly why I came to Bitog with this topic.

Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5054624 03/26/19 12:41 PM
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I've been using Mobil 1 0W-20 mixed with CLP for over 10 years now. I haven't had a gun rust or fall apart or lose accuracy.

Oh and I've been casting lead bullets for a number of years now. If I lived in California the State would be forcing my family to bury
me because I've outlived my life expectancy.

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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5054682 03/26/19 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Yuk
It's now a well know fact that Google censors gun results, so who knows what you're getting when you do a web search?

https://www.google.com/search?q=usi...CNw4ChDy0wMIhwE&biw=1463&bih=497

Looks pretty wide open to me. I mean really, just how much information can you expect on such a topic?

Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: billt460] #5054691 03/26/19 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by billt460
Originally Posted by Yuk
It's now a well know fact that Google censors gun results, so who knows what you're getting when you do a web search?

https://www.google.com/search?q=usi...CNw4ChDy0wMIhwE&biw=1463&bih=497

Looks pretty wide open to me. I mean really, just how much information can you expect on such a topic?



Thanks for the link, but it doesn't negate anything I've said.
Cheers

Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5054745 03/26/19 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Yuk
Thanks for the link, but it doesn't negate anything I've said.

I'd like to hear just exactly what you think they're "censoring" in regards to information on using motor oil on guns???

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Originally Posted by billt460
Originally Posted by Yuk
Thanks for the link, but it doesn't negate anything I've said.

I'd like to hear just exactly what you think they're "censoring" in regards to information on using motor oil on guns???

I don't know about guns but google does sensor about files I'm told. I put a few drops of M1 to prevent rust on a new Nicholson file and it will no longer cut, ruined! mad


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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5054870 03/26/19 04:51 PM
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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5054929 03/26/19 06:03 PM
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“Used Motor oil” is the carcinogenic item. Not so dangerous out of the bottle I bet.

Used Mobil 1 dripp’ns on my guns since the 1970s. No issues, no rust.


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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5056337 03/28/19 06:00 AM
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*Most often cited is using Mobil 1 V-Twin Motor Cycle Synthetic 20W50 oil . Some like to mix with Dexron VI synthetic ATF 50-50 with the V-Twin 20W50 ... Super slippery and a needle oiler would last a long time as a lube for slide rails , sears , etc. *The one thing an oil or oil + ATF mix of this type is they don't offer very good protection against corrosion for gun finishes - you will need a specific gun oil , another type of oil or even something like Corrosion X to safe guard your gun finish against corrosion.. Grant Cunningham is often cited as a fan of synthetic oils and ATF for weapons lubrication :http://www.grantcunningham.com/2006/05/lubrication-101/ ... Hope this helps !
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I've done a ton of searching, and much to my surprise, there is very little on BITOG about using synthetic motor oil as gun lube. Can anyone point me to a definitive thread on the topic?


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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5056692 03/28/19 01:55 PM
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I thought i recall Molakule saying something about the sulfer in motor oil being bad for guns, as it reacts negatively with gunpowder and causes acids to rise.


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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5056735 03/28/19 02:35 PM
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I've been using Klotz Techniplate synthetic 2 stroke oil for a while now and won't use anything else. If it'll protect a 30,000+ RPM 2 stroke engine, it'll sure work good on any gun. Best thing about it is that it doesn't STINK like motor oil does.

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Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: 901Memphis] #5057169 03/28/19 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by 901Memphis
I thought i recall Molakule saying something about the sulfer in motor oil being bad for guns, as it reacts negatively with gunpowder and causes acids to rise.


This is one I've never heard of before, but if it's true it's perfect example of something you can learn at BITOG and never read anywhere else on the web!
I hope Mola chimes in.

Re: Synthetic motor oil in a gun [Re: Yuk] #5057333 03/29/19 06:00 AM
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If there was anything adverse happening to firearms from the use of motor oil on them, you would have heard about it by now. Especially today with social media a tap or a swipe away from everyone's hands 24 / 7. It would be all over gun forums and blogs everywhere. There isn't, with the exception of a few negative opinions here and there. Which you can find with most any lubricant in existence.

People have been using motor oil, (both conventional and synthetic), successfully for decades on weapons without any ill effects. Either to the guns themselves, or the people who own them. Companies like Lucas Oil have produced, "Gun Oil" in every color of the rainbow at one time or another. Who knows what's in it? Their primary products are all automotive driven. So how does anyone know for certain if their "gun oil" is not simply a rebranded automotive product? It certainly sounds logical.

Mineral oil, Crisco Oil, (Fireclean), Ballistol, (scented Mineral Oil), "Frog Lube", (rebranded roller coaster track lubricant), and literally hundreds of other products have been successfully pedaled as "gun oil" over the years.

Most all of them being endorsed by some ex "operator", or Navy Seal who swears by the stuff. They hold the public interest long enough to sell for a profit for a while. Then the swagger wears off, and they generally fade into oblivion.

I think all of these products work to some extent. And none of them are technically "bad" for your guns. With the possible exception of Frog Lube, that has shown to gum up guns that have been stored for long periods of time after having it applied. Some will no doubt work better than others. But I don't think any of them, least of all motor oil, will damage them. Or cause their owners to book an appointment with Cancer Treatment Centers Of America.

All of this "gun oil" business is much like Baskin Robbins. They keep their business fresh with a new, "flavor of the month", that everyone likes to try..... At least once.

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