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Old November 14th, 2012, 09:21 PM   #46
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I've been using Lubriplate 130-AA in mine. It's worked pretty well so far.

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Old November 14th, 2012, 11:06 PM   #47
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Old November 15th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #48
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RIG grease gets the job done pretty well. I'm still on the same tub I bought 10 years ago.

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Old November 15th, 2012, 07:26 AM   #49
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This lubricant is on my comparison spreadsheet. From the MSDS, the viscosity has not been established. It does not have a NLGI number that I can find. This grease gets good reviews from semi-auto pistol users. It's thicker than TW-25B which is a NLGI # 1 grease. The M14 likes a NLGI # 2 grease which is less runny. So, the consistency sounds like it's what you need. Shooter's Choice All Weather grease has corrosion and oxidation inhibitors.

I was able to pull the spec and compare the lubrication requirements against NLGI greases. Rifle Grease is close to an NLGI 3 grease.

It is my opinion that the Military wrote the physical properties of Rifle Grease around AA130. The military tested a whole bunch of greases in WWII, and the commercial grease that worked best was AA130. It is my recollection that an animal based grease worked best, maybe it was goats, whales, cows or bear fat, but lubriplate AA130 is what they wanted.

The primary use of Rifle Grease is for hot wet environments. In my spec is a warning not to use the stuff below 40 F. In our club’s Garand matches, held in December, greased Garands have run sluggishly.

Lubrication requirements for Garands/M1a’s are not that severe when compared to many other applications. A waterproof marine wheel bearing lubricant is a NLGI 2, I have used those, works great. I have used the red wheel bearing grease, works great, I have bought tubes of AA130, works great. I use oils or LSA in the winter. In arctic conditions I think the smart thing to do is run the rifle dry. I think the smarter thing to do is avoid arctic conditions as it is insane to be out and about in -40 F weather. Automotive oils are just great, today’s lubrication technology is light years ahead of what was available in 1945.

The most important thing: keep it lubricated!

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Old November 15th, 2012, 07:31 AM   #50
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i use maxima. its a "motorcycle" grease, hi temp, water repellent, and slick as snot. works well but dust loves it as well...

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Old November 15th, 2012, 11:56 AM   #51
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Started using a product called DRI-SLIDE in 1967 on my issue M14, and I still use it today on both my M1, M1A, and carbine instead of grease....never had a problem with functioning or excessive wear.

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Old November 15th, 2012, 01:04 PM   #52
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Mobil 1 for me as well. A little goes a long way.

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Old November 17th, 2012, 07:48 PM   #54
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Dura-Blend CV Joint grease and Break Free CLP.

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Old November 17th, 2012, 11:10 PM   #55
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I use Tetra Grease, works very well. Only drawback is it smells like Elmer's glue.

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Old November 18th, 2012, 03:23 PM   #56
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Has anyone used MiliTec1 products? This stuff seemed all the rave awhile back, a dry lube would appear superior in sandy, dusty environments. I've used Zepp Dry Moly spray lube in the past, it leaves a super slick dry surface, doesn't attract dirt or dust. My understanding is calcium based greases resist water and washout better than lithium complex greases and this is why Lubriplate was spec-ed but how many of us ever let our rifles get wet? Most ANY NLGI #2 grease will work. Many automotive greases contain extreme pressure sulfur based compounds which give them that distinct odor, EP additives won't hurt anything, they're just not necessary in this application.

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Old November 18th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #57
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Originally Posted by Sam Damon X View Post
I use Tetra Grease, works very well. Only drawback is it smells like Elmer's glue.
I actually prefer the smell of Tetra compared to other grease. (whats plural for grease? greases just sounds wrong rolling off the tongue).

I have some tetra i use, but recently i purchased a big tub of coastal lithium grease, and i mixed it with Teflon lubricant (rem oil spray) to thin it out and make it even slicker... works great.

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Old August 21st, 2013, 01:32 PM   #58
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Apologies for the post necro... (Long time lurker, first time poster)

But I have to put my vote in for Gunzilla. I am a Heavy Weapons PL and this past summer when one of my SGT's brought Gunzilla and swore by it, we ran a little test on one of our finicky .50's. Sprayed the carrier, receiver and bolt group once. Then went and fired over 9000 rounds through it over a week and never cleaned it at all. Desert sand, dust and grit etc. Ran flawlessly, not one jam or malfunction or change in timing. Never seen anything like it. So it is what I use on my M1A Socom 16 now.

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Old August 21st, 2013, 02:55 PM   #59
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I still Tetra grease on occasion, but I've recently started using Mobil-1 5w30 fully synthetic motor oil on all my guns. The stuff works amazingly well, and is slicker than snot. For the rails, I use Chevron SRI2 high speed synthetic bearing grease. If commercial electric motors can run for months on end at 3500 rpm, then it can easily handle the action of a rifle. It's waterproof and goes an awful long way.

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Old August 21st, 2013, 03:03 PM   #60
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Lubriplate, Militec-1 and Moly-lube and the M1A mostly runs on Lubriplate.

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