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Old January 1st, 2009, 08:36 AM   #1
 
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Mobil 1 as gun lub.?

I have been reading how some really love using Mobil 1 10W-30 synthetic on their automatics for lub. In the past I have thought a purpose developed product like gun oils or grease would be the best. Years ago a friend used engine oil, probably Penns. Z-7, on the outside of his guns and had rust problems. Since then I have read that the detergents in engine oils can cause problems for gun metal regarding rust. I use Rem Oil and CLP.

Anyone have any reason why Mobil 1 is better formulated for a gun than our purpose gun lubs.?

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I have been reading how some really love using Mobil 1 10W-30 synthetic on their automatics for lub. In the past I have thought a purpose developed product like gun oils or grease would be the best. Years ago a friend used engine oil, probably Penns. Z-7, on the outside of his guns and had rust problems. Since then I have read that the detergents in engine oils can cause problems for gun metal regarding rust. I use Rem Oil and CLP.

Anyone have any reason why Mobil 1 is better formulated for a gun than our purpose gun lubs.?

Thanks!
Any type of high viscocity lubricant will collect dirt and accelerate wear on friction surfaces. A dry teflon or graphite lubricant works better, in my opinion. I use a product called "Slide". It's a release agent for commercial snow removal equipment that dries to an ultra thin, slick coating and is water proof.
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My take ... use automotive products on cars, home products for the home, and gun products for guns. All lubrication and cleaning products are formulated for their intended use so take advantage of modern technology.
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Iowegan, this is my view thus far. Thanks. Would like to hear how it is better or let this one go to the fairy tale box.
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Iowegan,
I like your way of thinking
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What Iowegan said.
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Hi,

I have been using several non firearms related items for firearms maintenance for years and with great results. I use (gasp) WD-40, Brake clean, Carburetor cleaner, Kroil, PB blaster, Mobil 1, Marvel Mystery Oil and who knows what else.

I use common sense when using them. Some are hard on rubber or plastic, some will soften or remove bluing, some will soften or remove finish from wood and or synthetic stocks. I use them for what they are good for, and use firearms related items for what these others don't.

I also buy my corncob and walnut tumbler media from the pet store. I know, but what can I say.

And before someone helps me out by telling how bad WD-40 is on guns, I know all about it. Heard all of the problems it causes and have been warned. I use it as a cleaning aid, it is all removed and replaced with oil.

This is not a recommendation to anyone to change what they use for their firearms just a post saying that I have had good luck using other products.

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Try Eezox and forget the rest!
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Any type of high viscocity lubricant will collect dirt and accelerate wear on friction surfaces.
If that were true, wouldn't it do the same thing to your car's engine?

Any lubricating oil will lubricate. Everyone will argue about which one(s) is(are) the best. As long as you keep your firearms relatively clean and lubricate them per the manufacturers suggestions, I don't think it matters a whole lot what you use. IMHO, of course. BTW, I use product intended for use on firearms. Usually Breakfree CLP or Militec-1. I want to try some Eezox.
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I use Mobil 1 Synth grease on my shotguns (hook, hinge pin, any bearing surface, etc) but I will not use a auto grade oil on my firearms.

Note: the mobil 1 synth grease was the only stuff that didn't cook off the guns when a group of friends whent to SA last year which is why I use it for very limited applications.

I like Iowegan's line of thought..... use the stuff on what it was designed for.
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If that were true, wouldn't it do the same thing to your car's engine?
It does, have you ever had a leaky seal on your engine? Dirt and debris collects on the layer of oil, then more oil, then more dirt and debris. Builds up to quite a mess.

Marvel Mystery Oil contains a rust inhibitor, would it be good to lightly coat metal on your firearm, as a rust preventative?

Or do they make something better? (as I'm sure they do)
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There certainly are different schools of thought on this topic, and I think I have tried them all over the last 30 years. The dry lube route never worked for me. There may be situations where it is the best way to go, but i never have encountered that situation. Mobile 1 or Amzoil worked great, I have no problem using synthetic motor oil. But as already mentioned there are plenty of dedicated weapons lubes out there that work, and I beleive these give you an edge in rust protection. My favorite is Weaponshield, but there are several to pick from. I dont like Remoil at all, I think it is way to light. You want something with a little more body or viscosity. Do a little research, pick one, use it , dont lose any sleep. I will say that I beleive as far as lubrication goes, you will not notice much differance between the major players, but you may see varying degrees of rust protection. None being bad, just some better. Again I think Weaponshield for all around is hard to beat.
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It does, have you ever had a leaky seal on your engine? Dirt and debris collects on the layer of oil, then more oil, then more dirt and debris. Builds up to quite a mess.

Marvel Mystery Oil contains a rust inhibitor, would it be good to lightly coat metal on your firearm, as a rust preventative?

Or do they make something better? (as I'm sure they do)
Marvel mystery oil might work better in an engine then a gun. It is too light for a gun lubricant, i think it would probably evaporate and run off if used for gun storage and i would doubt its lubricating properties. Its intended to be added to gas and oil not as a stand-alone lubricant.
I wouldnt use MMO for long term gun storage unless i had nothing else. In which case, i would fill a container or a zip loc bag and drop the whole gun into it, and cross my fingers that i wouldn't pull out a rusted hunk of metal later.
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