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This is a discussion on Cold temperture lube within the Maintenance forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by True Grit Do you wear insulated gloves? I have found that it's really easy to have thicker gloves ride the slide just ...


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Old December 5th, 2016, 05:34 PM   #16
 
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Do you wear insulated gloves? I have found that it's really easy to have thicker gloves ride the slide just enough to affect feeding.
Not so much insulated gloves, those are too thick for me to shoot with. I have a pair of thin black gloves that I use when I run in cold weather and I add a thin pair of glove liners. Not too much insulation when standing still and shooting. My hands still get gold but it reduces the wind chill from freeze my hands.



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Old December 6th, 2016, 05:23 PM   #17
 
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I would get rid of the oil you are using and try something new. The fact that it happens on a few of your guns seems to rule out other mechanical issues. But give Mobile1 a try I really do swear by this stuff, I do use it on all my guns and in my two cars and one now has over 300,000 miles on it, the other had 250,000 when I sold it and the motor ran good.
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I use Birchwood Casey synthetic oil, and Mobil 1 grease.
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I would get rid of the oil you are using and try something new. The fact that it happens on a few of your guns seems to rule out other mechanical issues. But give Mobile1 a try I really do swear by this stuff, I do use it on all my guns and in my two cars and one now has over 300,000 miles on it, the other had 250,000 when I sold it and the motor ran good.
Motor oil, in my opinion, is a poor substitute for proper lubrication of a firearm.

Mineral oil has a viscosity of around 15.3 centiPoise; SAE 0/30 motor oil has a viscosity of around 55.9 at the same temperature.

Pro tip: a firearm is not an internal combustion engine.....
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Are you wearing gloves in the cold that you don't wear warm?
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Fun story, I was trying to get my snowmachines to start this weekend as despite it being -25F to -30F out we had just gotten a foot of powder and finally had enough snow down to go play. While digging in the garage for something combustible to help persuade the old Yamaha 600 triple to start, I couldn't help but pick up the bottle of gear oil I have for the 4 wheeler... it was frozen just about solid! Motor oils I had in the shed were still fluid but definitely were feeling the cold.

I didn't think to check the Remoil in my gun cleaning kit, but I might now as I use my LCR357 as a trail gun. In my past experience however I have not had issues with either my LCR or my k-frame in the high negatives. Maybe it's a semi-auto lube thing, or hell even a tolerance issue as all of the metal parts shrink in the cold.
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Motor oil, in my opinion, is a poor substitute for proper lubrication of a firearm.

Mineral oil has a viscosity of around 15.3 centiPoise; SAE 0/30 motor oil has a viscosity of around 55.9 at the same temperature.

Pro tip: a firearm is not an internal combustion engine.....
If Rem oil is and from what I just read using mineral oil 50/50 I think that is the issue in cooler weather. Many people use Mobile 1 as a gun lube, I got a tip for you and I think you should wear a hat.
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. Pro tip: a firearm is not an internal combustion engine.....
No, it most definitely is not. And that's why it doesn't really matter what you use on a gun, or even no oil at all is fine.

I'm not sure why this thread is going on for so long. If it's not International Falls, Minnesota-cold, guns work just fine, no matter what they're lubed with. Once it gets down to seriously sub-zero temps, it's best to use very tiny amounts of oil, or none at all.
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Short story here, up in N/E Wisconsin back around November of 1978-79 the weather was down around -20 with snow on the ground, my uncles 300 Remington had been cleaned the night before using 3 in 1 brand oil, My Dad using basically the same rifle however, using a fine granulated graphite, the night before, were deer hunting. Guess who got his deer when the opportunity presented itself, and who couldn't get his frozen safety off when the opportunity prevented itself. Note my uncle swore he got most of all the excess oil off of the rifle. Hmmm!
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Loose, I'm not sure why your uncle couldn't get his rifle off of safe, but it wasn't because it was frozen.* While there is often snow for deer season here in November, it is never -20 that early in winter. In fact, even in January and February, -20 is rare.

Where in Wisconsin were they hunting? Your post says Northeastern Wisconsin, but that's where live- it's the Fox River Valley, from Green Bay down to Oshkosh. North of here it does tend to be colder, but not anywhere near -20 in November.

Today at the range, it was in the high teens to low 20's. Guns do just fine in this weather. It's normally warmer for deer hunting season.

*A good story, nonetheless.
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MY M-Pro 7 gun oil container: "Max temperature range -85 degrees to 462 degrees". Tiny drops strategically applied have enabled me to use the same 2 oz. container for 4 years from the blazing hot rodent pastures to creaky cold coyote canyons (sometimes under 20 above). I suppose if I sloshed the stuff on I might have problems and the wood stocks of my rifles would be punky.
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