Mobil 1 as gun lub.? - Ruger Forum

Ruger Forum

Mobil 1 as gun lub.?

This is a discussion on Mobil 1 as gun lub.? within the Maintenance forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; 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 ...


Go Back   Ruger Forum > Firearm Forum > Maintenance

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes

Old January 1st, 2009, 09:36 AM   #1
 
stoble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: N.C
Posts: 1,270
stoble will become famous soon enough
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.?

Thanks!



stoble is offline  
Advertisements
Old January 1st, 2009, 10:04 AM   #2
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: York County, Pa.
Posts: 987
Flash is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by stoble View Post
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.
Flash is offline  
Old January 1st, 2009, 11:16 AM   #3
Retired Moderator & Gunsmith
 
Iowegan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: CB, IA
Posts: 15,488
Iowegan has much to be proud ofIowegan has much to be proud ofIowegan has much to be proud ofIowegan has much to be proud ofIowegan has much to be proud ofIowegan has much to be proud ofIowegan has much to be proud ofIowegan has much to be proud of

Awards Showcase

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.
Iowegan is offline  
 
Old January 1st, 2009, 11:29 AM   #4
 
stoble's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: N.C
Posts: 1,270
stoble will become famous soon enough
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.
stoble is offline  
Old January 1st, 2009, 01:41 PM   #5
 
Teddybear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: FEMA REIGON V
Posts: 159
Teddybear is on a distinguished road
Iowegan,
I like your way of thinking
Teddybear is offline  
Old January 4th, 2009, 07:57 PM   #6
 
Bozack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Commack, New York
Posts: 1,193
Bozack is an unknown quantity at this point
What Iowegan said.
Bozack is offline  
Old January 5th, 2009, 05:40 PM   #7
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 29
cheeseboy is on a distinguished road
Smile

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.

Cheeseboy
cheeseboy is offline  
Old January 7th, 2009, 05:54 AM   #8
 
Crestliner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Western, MA
Posts: 236
Crestliner is on a distinguished road
Try Eezox and forget the rest!
Crestliner is offline  
Old January 7th, 2009, 07:52 AM   #9
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 77
barres is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flash View Post
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.
barres is offline  
Old January 9th, 2009, 10:01 AM   #10
 
S391's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 141
S391 is on a distinguished road
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.
S391 is offline  
Old January 9th, 2009, 12:22 PM   #11
 
Brando's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Anadarko, OK.
Posts: 460
Brando is an unknown quantity at this point

Awards Showcase

Quote:
Originally Posted by barres View Post
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)
Brando is offline  
Old January 13th, 2009, 05:45 AM   #12
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: NE Nebraska
Posts: 11
CALL91145 is on a distinguished road
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.
CALL91145 is offline  
Old March 23rd, 2010, 10:13 PM   #13
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Calif
Posts: 104
markasaurus is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brando View Post
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.
markasaurus is offline  
Old February 23rd, 2018, 07:19 PM   #14
 
SheriffRandy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Fresno
Posts: 1
SheriffRandy is on a distinguished road
Using Mobil 1 (5W-30) on Firearms

In my humble opinion, after shooting actively for 45 years, I prefer Mobil 1 5W-30 Extended Performance "Advanced Full Synthetic" motor oil to any of my dozen products made for guns. I have at least a dozen cans and bottles of everything from CLP to Rem Oil. Like most of you, I have tried all of the products, but when I switched to Mobil 1 I noticed a difference. No more build-up, rust, or mottled appearance to any of my 12 guns. As an experiment I buffed off all traces of bluing from my 1949 Remington Model 510 Targetmaster (my first firearm) on my bench grinder. After wiping it down with rubbing alcohol and/or acetone (I use both to prepare surfaces for finishing) I applied a thin coat of Mobil 1 to all surfaces that I could reach, let it sit overnight and then I wiped it off with a lint-free cotton swab (round or square cosmetic fluffs from a pharmacy work great) until all that I could feel was a slight lubrication to all metal parts of the rifle. I then put it back in the gun safe which is dehumidified by an electric rod about 18 inches long. It has been stored this way for over 2 years without reapplication and when I shoot the rifle I just run a bore snake through it with Hoppe's No. 9 solvent before the brush part, and about 1/2 teaspoon of Mobil 1 on the bore snake area behind the brushes. Before I return the rifle to the safe, I wipe the exterior down with a slightly lubed (Mobil 1 of course, LOL) cotton swab, followed by a dry swab and put it back in the gun safe. After two years I would have expected the shiny (it looks like a stainless steel gun now) finish to show signs of rust or some sort of discoloration, but to my amazement it looks just like it did when I first removed the bluing and applied the Mobil 1 in 2015. After this experience I coated my 1941 Colt 1911A1, Colt Army Model 1917/DA 45 (Both gov't issued WWI/WWII) and all of my modern firearms. Since I switched to Mobil 1 there is lower maintenance on all 12 of my guns, and when I compete in Combat or long distance events and really fire a large amount of ammo through my guns, I noticed a big difference in how easy it is to clean my guns after a day at the range. Since some of my guns are collector's items I don't even touch them with my bare hands unless necessary. I use latex or nitrile exam gloves and even keep a box in the gun safe. As a retired Deputy Sheriff/Paramedic/Registered Nurse I was used to wearing them, but at first it was hard to get used to. By not touching the metal with my bare fingers it keeps acids/oils/etc. from tarnishing my treasures...
I hope that post is helpful, especially to newcomers. I have taught about a hundred people how to shoot safely, and I enjoy that.
Take Care and have a good weekend!
SheriffRandy is offline  
Old February 24th, 2018, 03:41 AM   #15
 
oldster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: ND
Posts: 2,838
oldster is on a distinguished road
Been using Mobil 1 synthetic on my guns ( Handguns, rifles, shotguns) for years. They've all been used extensively and are all in fine shape. I just fill up a couple "eye drop" bottles and one Qt of Mobil will last at least a year
oldster is offline  
Reply

  Ruger Forum > Firearm Forum > Maintenance

None


Search tags for this page
can i clean mmy gun with motor oil
,
mobel 1 on firearms
,
mobil 1 firearms
,
mobil 1 for firearms
,
mobil 1 for gun lube
,
mobil 1 for gun oil
,

mobil 1 for guns

,

mobil 1 grease for guns

,
mobil 1 gun
,
mobil 1 synthetic oil for guns
,
mobil one for guns
,
mobile 1 for gun lube
Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Ruger Forum Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mobil 1 dogface Maintenance 9 February 2nd, 2009 04:52 PM

Top Gun Sites Top Sites List
Powered by vBulletin 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
Copyright © 2006 - 2020 Ruger Forum. All rights reserved.
Ruger Forum is a Ruger Firearms enthusiast's forum, but it is in no way affiliated with, nor does it represent Sturm Ruger & Company Inc. of Southport, CT.