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Old December 22nd, 2011, 02:32 AM   #1
 
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Cleaning and oiling my sr40c

I had just bought an sr40c and im fairly new to the gun scene. and help on gun maintenance and cleaning would be greatly appreciated. How often should i oil my gun?



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Old December 22nd, 2011, 02:53 AM   #2
 
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Gun lube is hard to wrap your mind around. Your gun actually requires very little lube. The common mistake is to lube so much that it ends up attracting dirt and residue and your lube then begins to work against you. The gunk sticks to your lube and your lube becomes lapping compound slowly eating away at the steel. It sounds very wrong at first, but most guns run better when they are more or less dry of any "wet" lube. Most actions are either somewhat self cleaning or don't build up that much soot and unburned powder unless that stuff has a sticky surface to glue itself. If you want a decent gun oil, then Remoil is ok. I use automatic transmission fluid on my guns. I wipe a thin film of lube on the barrel where it rubs the top of the slide and the slide hood. Then I wipe a thin film on the rails. You should be able to see areas on any gun where the metal on metal surface contact is polishing itself. A thin film should be all that is ever required or you risk that buildup of crud working against you. I clean my gun each time I shoot it. I don't care for harsh chemical cleaners or to use abbrasive cleaners. I have found that running a bronze brush down the bore is almost never really needed unless you are getting barrel leading from cast or swaged bullets. Over cleaning a gun can cause worse wear than shooting. Swabbing the bore with a damp patch with some kind of CLP should be the most you need. Then using a tooth brush in hard to reach places and wipe the rest down with a rag. Just about any gun should outlast its owner if not abused with crazy ammo and proper cleaning. That's my two cents.
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I assume you will be shooting your gun regularly rather then let it sit unused for months. I'd recommend cleaning it after each time it is used. The less oil or grease you put on it, the better. But, at the same time, I'd not run, it completely dry.

First of all, read the manual. Next, if you have not done it yet, thoroughly clean your gun from any factory grease, applied there for shipping and storage. Clean the barrel (I use Hoppe's #9). Then very lightly lubricate all metal parts with good gun oil. Almost any modern firearm liquid lubricant will do so do not worry which one is "the best". Most of them will have the C(cleaning), L(Lubricating) and P(Protecting, rust inhibiting) components in them. Apply a thin layer on The metal surfaces, let it sit there a few minutes and then either blow the excess with compressed air or wipe it (or both). Like Maximumbob said, less oil is better. You want your metal parts to be slick but not wet with oil. Otherwise the oil will trap the dirt and will create an abrasive slurry.

When you come home back from shooting it, use a dry plastic brush to first remove all the dry powder residue from the slide, and the receiver. Then use your CLP to remove the rest of the dirt; by doing it you'll be also lubricating and protecting you pistol. Wipe the excess and you are done.
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Where would we find a PIC to show where to put oil? There are so many moving parts on the inside. How do you get oil on them? I have read the manual and it just says to oil.
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Where would we find a PIC to show where to put oil? There are so many moving parts on the inside. How do you get oil on them? I have read the manual and it just says to oil.
Click on this link and in the far right column there are three great videos on disassembling/cleaning/reassembling.
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I have a SR40 and have had several thousand rounds through it. I don't do a complete tear down very time I shoot. I use one drop of Hoppes lube on the striker and very light application of lube on the slide to lug. Never had a failure to feed or fire. A couple of drops total of oil is all any auto loader needs. I ain't rocket science, just keep her clean.
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