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Old 01-25-2013, 00:19   #1
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What lubricant do you use and why?

By way of educating myself, I would be very grateful to get some information from shooters and gunsmiths about their preference in firearms lubricants.

What brand lubricant do you use?
I would also appreciate it if you would explain why you prefer that particular brand.

I thank you in advance for your replies, it will be very helpful to me.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:58   #2
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I use Breakfree CLP and Slip 2000 EWL.

I use breakfree clp cause thats what we used in the military.

I use Slip 2000 cause its made from bio material and works pretty well to.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:26   #3
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Breakfree CLP (cleans, lubes, protects) and it works exceedingly well. For any extreme lube issues, I break out the Mobil 1, the slickest stuff I ever used.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:31   #4
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Please take a few minutes to read through the hundreds of threads all here on this subject.
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Old 01-25-2013, 13:02   #5
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Thank you Evosil98 & Rick O'Shay, I appreciate your answer.
Thank you Smoker, I will make a point of researching this subject on past threads which will, no doubt, be helpful and educational.

I do, however, hope that I get more posts on this thread though as I am sure that there are new people who have joined this fine forum since this was last discussed & I would be interested in hearing from them too.

Also, I am particularly interested in hearing from people who may have used a particular product in the past and have since changed their preference in favor of something newer and/or better. I would like to know what motivated you to make the change.

Did you see an ad and thought, hmmmm...I'd like to try that out? Or did you happen to use the new product because it was what was immediately available and you realized it was better than what you had been using?
Do you prefer to use products because that is what is currently being used by the military?
Are you always trying/testing the newest thing on the market?

Basically, I want "fresh" input to my question as this is the kind of information I am MOST interested in.

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Old 01-25-2013, 18:18   #6
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You'll find all you need by doing a search. Some questions seem to inspire a new thread every week (you're the second this week) and GT people don't mean to be rude, but get tired of answering the same question over and over. Search any subject, even non gun related. There's incredible wisdom in the GT gang. Not to mention humor, sarcasm, and differing opinions.

Personally, I'm just here for the abuse.

FWIW: Hoppes seemed just ok, Remoil and Miltec total fails, using CLP now and very happy with it, got a sample of Weapon Shield, and like that best of all.
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Old 01-25-2013, 20:04   #7
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I've used only Wilson's Ultimate Oil for over 10 years.
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Old 01-25-2013, 21:17   #8
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I think the reason for my question was not expressed well enough, so I will try to explain it better.

I am not as much interested in knowing what brands people are using as I am interested in WHY they are using it. The brand name gives me a point of reference only. I am asking from a marketer's point of view - I am researching the MOTIVATION behind the choices being made.

I did start looking up some other threads and gathering information, so that is somewhat helpful. You are right to point out that there is a wealth of information already here, and I am definitely going to glean as much of it as I can. Mostly people just say what they use, which would be fine if I was shopping for a new lubricant myself, but that's not the reason for my question.

I am specifically looking for statements like, "I like [brand X] because it is nontoxic." That tells me that the buyer is clearly concerned with safety and/or health concerns and toxicity was a factor in their decision. I'd like to know what percentage of buyers consider safety a primary reason to buy or switch to a particular brand.

Statements like, "I have used [brand Y] since I was a kid" might indicate brand loyalty, a hard nut to crack from a marketing point of view. If a particular brand tends to have a "loyal following", I would be interested in knowing why; did they have an amazing advertising campaign, or do they have a strong presence at special events/competitions/shows, or is it something else?

"I like the smell", "It's the only brand my favorite store carries", "They donate a portion of the proceeds to charity", etc. are all statements that help me understand why the choices are being made.
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Old 01-25-2013, 21:20   #9
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We use Astroglide. It is water soluble and causes no irritation.
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Old 01-25-2013, 21:28   #10
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Paul53, you said that you "...got a sample of Weapon Shield, and like it best of all."
That tells me that you are willing to try a new product if you are given a sample to use, from a marketing standpoint, that is important.

I believe that people might be more likely to try a new product if they physically have it to use as opposed to just seeing an ad in print or online and reading the promotional hype. The answers I get here will help me know if I am right about that and other questions I have about what is most important to potential buyers.
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Old 01-25-2013, 21:29   #11
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Ballistol. I originally used it for black powder back in 1985,it makes clean up very easy and simple not a chore as B P can be.
I eventually got around to using it with smokeless,now I just use it for every thing,makes life simpler . SJ 40
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Good and helpful answer, Concretefuzzynuts. Your avatar is great, too funny.
Thank you SJ40, I see that products that make clean up easier is important to you, that seems to be a popular reason for people to choose their favorite brands. Good to know.
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Old 01-25-2013, 22:19   #13
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For my Glock 19's any good firearms lube I can get. I can not see it matters much with Glocks. Some firearms require grease and oil so any good firearms lubes.
I do not think there is a whole lot of differences between most.
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Old 01-25-2013, 22:28   #14
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Interesting answer, DWarren123. Since you do not perceive a big difference between most brands, would you be more motivated to buy based on availability and/or cost?
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I have used many different types a viscosity lubricants. I have resolved my selection over the years to the following:

I am very familiar with film strength and protection from various forms of shear and impact. Quality lubricants offer protection.

First, least messy and staining, when gun rubs against clothes. Clear film product not moly or graphite additives too dirty.

Second, very light oil film which is judiciously and sparingly applied, not liberally. Doesn't get transferred to everything the gun touches..

Third, is how easily the gunpowder residue cleans off the pistol.
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Good and helpful answer, Concretefuzzynuts. Your avatar is great, too funny.
Thank you SJ40, I see that products that make clean up easier is important to you, that seems to be a popular reason for people to choose their favorite brands. Good to know.
On a serious note, and you deserve that given your good humor, I like the tried and true Rem oil for guns. I'm just old school I guess.
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Old 01-26-2013, 00:54   #17
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Another vote for not messy and easy to clean off residue, thank you for your input Janice6.

So tried and true works for you, a traditionalist...OK Concretefuzzynuts, I would like to ask you a marketing question, if you don't mind. If you were given information that using Rem oil with Teflon posed a possible health risk to you, would you still want to continue to use it because you've always used it with no ill effect, or would you be less likely to use it?
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:18   #18
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Weaponshield CLP. Every semi auto handgun I've applied it to racks smoother than it did with the previous lubricant used. It also stays around longer than Rem Oil or Breakfree CLP did. I've converted a few people to it just by letting them rack my Glock a few times.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:30   #19
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I use the products from KG Industries (10+ years) and have been very happy with it. They have a rifle/pistol pack out now, and those are the products I use. The copper remover, bore polish go a long way...and don't need to be used every cleaning. The spray cleaner is what I start with...then go from there depending on what I'm cleaning and what ammo was shot. Haven't had a problem with rust, even in humid FL... the bore looks outstanding after running the cleaner through it...then followed up with an oil patch...ect....until you pull a clean patch through.
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So tried and true works for you, a traditionalist...OK Concretefuzzynuts, I would like to ask you a marketing question, if you don't mind. If you were given information that using Rem oil with Teflon posed a possible health risk to you, would you still want to continue to use it because you've always used it with no ill effect, or would you be less likely to use it?
I would need to know the amount of use that was detrimental. Occasional exposure or prolonged exposure.

If it were discovered that Rem oil was the cause of some cancer due to slight exposure I would cease use. If scientists soaked rats in it for months and they developed skin irritation I would keep using it.

After all, I still have the same bottle of it for the last several years.
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