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Old March 8th, 2011, 02:44 PM   #1
 
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Lubricant for mini 14

What kind of lubricant is recomended for the mini. I am primarily used to the m16, m4, ar 15 and use CLP as my primary lube. This does not seem to be the best for the mini it seems like it should have something thicker. Does anyone have suggestions.



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Eezox. Give it a try. I use it on my SR556C, Sig556, and all my handguns.

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The Mini is the direct descendant of the famous M1 Garand battle rifle. It should be lubed in the same manner.

If it slides, grease it. If it pivots, oil it. If it doesn't move clean it. If it screams at you salute it.

Plastilube, and Lubriplate were used mostly. Most modern greases are OK. Machine oil, motor oil, synthetic oil are all good. ATF is also usable.

Apply small amounts of grease using a suitable small brush.

Get a copy of the manuals for either the M1 or the M14 rifles. FM (field manual)
23-5 & 23-8.

What works for these two rifle will also work on the Mini.
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The Mini is the direct descendant of the famous M1 Garand battle rifle. It should be lubed in the same manner.

<----------------- SNIP ------------------->

Get a copy of the manuals for either the M1 or the M14 rifles. FM (field manual)
23-5 & 23-8.

What works for these two rifle will also work on the Mini.
Interesting. Makes sense though.
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Plastilube, and Lubriplate were used mostly.

What works for these two rifle will also work on the Mini.

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Shooters Choice grease.
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Go to your car and pull out the dipstick. Wipe it on some moving parts. OK, maybe it's not that easy.

If it's oil it will work. I use 90 wt gear oil that used to be in my cars rear end and I seasonally adjust he weight by using a much thinner spray oil for the cold months and leave it thicker for the summer. I did let the oil set for a couple of months to let the particles sink to the bottom. I use it on Garands, Mini's and AR's. I just do not use dirty engine oil. But good 10w30 synthetic might be OK. kwg
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I have used Mobil One 15/50 syn that I stick n my Harley on my M1 Garand.
I havent used it on my Mini 14 yet but I'm sure I will some day.

Most of the time I go with the theory of if it slides grease it, if it rotates a drop of oil works fine. All should be done very sparingly.
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I have had the bolt lock up on my Mini-30 under cold snowy deer hunts where it was darn near impossible to open. A tap with a small 2x4 was required. I was told I over oiled it with gun oil. So now I clean everything and skip the lube til its put away.
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I use Moly bearing grease. The red stuff... I apply with an acid brish and then take 98% off leaving a very thin film. Thats how I roll..
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There is no real mojo to lube's. I either use Eezox or nothing. This is something I learned from Iowegan years ago. "Avoid "wet" or greasy lubricants in all guns... they do more damage than good by drawing abrasive powder residue. Dry lubes work well but even no lube is better than using oil or grease". Iowegan is our retired gunsmith and hasn't given bad advice in regards to firearms yet.

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There is no real mojo to lube's. I either use Eezox or nothing. This is something I learned from Iowegan years ago. "Avoid "wet" or greasy lubricants in all guns... they do more damage than good by drawing abrasive powder residue. Dry lubes work well but even no lube is better than using oil or grease". Iowegan is our retired gunsmith and hasn't given bad advice in regards to firearms yet.

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OR, you could follow the owners manual for your firearm. If it says to grease as it DOES in ALL the M1 manuals then you should grease...

If you are dragging your gun through mud and sand then you probably have other crap to worry about besides your lubricant or possible wear on your gun...
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Eh... I use motor oil and lithium grease for the weapons I own, works just as well as the 'fancy' gun oil... for a tenth of the price.

If you trust motor oil to protect your engine going 3 or 4 thousand rpms for 100,000 miles, then it will lube a weapon just fine...
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OR, you could follow the owners manual for your firearm. If it says to grease as it DOES in ALL the M1 manuals then you should grease...

If you are dragging your gun through mud and sand then you probably have other crap to worry about besides your lubricant or possible wear on your gun...
Oh yes what was I thinking, your right, belay my last.
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i used to use lubriplate but now i use Slide Glide, its that Brian Enos lube.
i buy it from him on Amazon because something about his online store freaks me out...

over at Brian Enos Forum (3gun forum) they seem to like it (probably because the guy that runs the forum sells the goop)

anyway, its slicker than snot and does not get pushed out of the rail, stays where you put it for the most part....

anyone should give that a try, for the Mini, i use the standard stuff and for my .22s i use the light

i recommend it!
as for oil, i been using Lucas gun oil because i got some for free, other than that i use Mobile 1 engine oil
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