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Old January 6th, 2017, 04:19 PM   #1
 
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First cleaning before heading to the range

Just disassembled my AR-556 for an initial clean before going to the range tomorrow. It seems to have an excess of oil and am thinking this is too much and just there to prevent corrosion and to let the oil penetrate. I followed the excellent Ruger videos on youtube on disassembly and cleaning. He states that only a LIGHT coat of oil is needed. How much is the sweet spot? Just so you can see it, but not puddles of oil anywhere? I had taken it over to a friends that has had military training when I first got it and fired about 100 rounds before it was disassembled. I didn't realize how much oil was in it. Glad we didn't fire more before cleaning.



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I had taken it over to a friends that has had military training when I first got it and fired about 100 rounds before it was disassembled. Glad we didn't fire more before cleaning.

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Not sure what is interesting. I didn't say it was the first time the gun was fired. I didn't realize it should be cleaned before use and my friend didn't say anything either. At any rate, can anyone answer my question.
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OP, you are correct that the gunk it comes drenched in is a preservative, and not a lubricant. Get all that stuff cleaned off your rifle and then lube it as prescribed by Ruger in your instruction manual.

Hope you really enjoy your new rifle.
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I normally wipe out the barrel of oil or grease. I also field strip and wipe down the action area and then shoot away.
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Got it all reassembled and lubed. Now to go to the range tomorrow and set the sights. We are lucky enough to have an indoor range that allows AR-556 here with a flat rate of $20 for unlimited time. The outside temps here are near zero.
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Got it all reassembled and lubed. Now to go to the range tomorrow and set the sights. We are lucky enough to have an indoor range that allows AR-556 here with a flat rate of $20 for unlimited time. The outside temps here are near zero.
Was just up in Michigan a couple weeks ago (for Christmas) and shot outside in the cold and snow. It was amazing. Best time to shoot!
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At any rate, can anyone answer my question.
Follow the guide lines in your manual for lubrication points... and don't be scared of "over lubrication".

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Copied this image from a post in another forum. It pretty well covers the main lube points. L=Light G=Generous

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=...83881197509178
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XF-7 is a excellent lube for AR's and slide guns.
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