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Old January 3rd, 2017, 08:03 PM   #1
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Oil/Lube for Your Shield

What oils and lubes do you use for your most prized possession? I do not really know where to start... Should you use different types on different parts of the gun?

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Old January 4th, 2017, 04:02 AM   #2
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I'm no expert on the subject but I'm using clp for everything. That's all we used in the Army and it always worked in all situations from bitter cold in Alaska to hot and dusty in Iraq to humid Ft Polk, LA.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 04:54 AM   #3
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Hoppes 9 for the bore and whatever oil I have on hand(several brands here) As mentioned earlier CLP works fine. I also like ballistol.

I use a little grease on certain guns.

I think about any good lube works as long as you clean and lube on a regular basis.
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Engine oil and sometimes Ballistol
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Old January 4th, 2017, 06:46 AM   #5
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I've been using Eezox exclusively ever since I found out about it back in the late '80's.

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Old January 4th, 2017, 07:05 AM   #6
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Good ol hoppes gun oil.
It worked for gramps
It worked for dad.
It still works for me.
I have also used other light oils when I cant find the others.
Seems to me lately that everything "new and or improved" from the old dont work for crap.

I will stick with a known product.




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On average, ANY of todays oil/lube is fine. If your cleaning the weapon after each use, and you oil/lube it, you`ll never have a problem. Now if you wanna spend gobbs of money for all this over priced over rated lube`s an grease`s, (like the GREEN label hype) by all means, go for it, but your wasting a lot of ammo money on snake oil/lube.

This is why i dont spend the big money on snake lubes:
My grandfather use to mix kerosene and transmission oil 90/10 ratio, never failed him.
I dont recall him EVER buying ANY gun lubes or oil, and he NEVER had a weapon failure. (or a rust issue)

Many years, i`ve made my own recipe lubricant`s for all my weapons.
I`ve even used grandad`s recipe as a kid, it never failed me, neither did the weapon.
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On average, ANY of todays oil/lube is fine. If your cleaning the weapon after each use, and you oil/lube it, you`ll never have a problem. Now if you wanna spend gobbs of money for all this over priced over rated lube`s an grease`s, (like the GREEN label hype) by all means, go for it, but your wasting a lot of ammo money on snake oil/lube.

This is why i dont spend the big money on snake lubes:
My grandfather use to mix kerosene and transmission oil 90/10 ratio, never failed him.
I dont recall him EVER buying ANY gun lubes or oil, and he NEVER had a weapon failure. (or a rust issue)

Many years, i`ve made my own recipe lubricant`s for all my weapons.
I`ve even used grandad`s recipe as a kid, it never failed me, neither did the weapon.
That is pretty interesting. I might try that, however I am unsure of where exactly to get Kerosene from.

I saw this video some guy on Youtube posted for field stripping and oiling his Shield. Is this a good example?

Are you supposed to use different oils/lubes for different parts on the gun?

Also, some people say lube everything, however the S&W Shield manual says to only apply lubricant to certain points on the gun.

Are there oils/lubes you should avoid using on the barrel due to the excessive heat caused when firing?

Are barrel snakes worth it? Or should I look into buying a dedicated brush and just use cloths?
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I soak them in Hoppes to clean them, and use Hoppes oil to lube them. On certain firearms, I use a little white grease on the slide/frame contact points. Some go with the old adage, if it rolls, oil it, if it slides, grease it. Usually, your manual covers it good enough. I've even used sewing oil on an all metal auto that I have, and it does run like a sewing machine.
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That is pretty interesting. I might try that, however I am unsure of where exactly to get Kerosene from.

I saw this video some guy on Youtube posted for field stripping and oiling his Shield. Is this a good example? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqJNdF2by6Q&t=119s

Are you supposed to use different oils/lubes for different parts on the gun?

Also, some people say lube everything, however the S&W Shield manual says to only apply lubricant to certain points on the gun.

Are there oils/lubes you should avoid using on the barrel due to the excessive heat caused when firing?

Are barrel snakes worth it? Or should I look into buying a dedicated brush and just use cloths?
I use the KLEEN BORE stainless barrel brush to clean the barrel bore. (bronze brush`s leave bronze in your barrel, i hate that)
Those BORE SNAKES, they`re nice to have in the range bag... swipe the barrel, keep shootin. My brother swears buy them. (i dont use them)

The manual is for the newbie`s that know very little about weapons and cleaning them... i`ll continue the way i was taught, its never failed me. If you follow the OEM manual, you`ll be ok... its just that some of us old timers are more picky about their guns in how we take care of them.

Like berrettabone said, "Some go with the old adage, if it rolls, oil it, if it slides, grease it." I agree..! (good ole common sense)

Take those youtube videos with a grain of salt... alotta them are misleading. Some are good, some are not. The one you posted, kind of lame in my opinion.

You should always swab the barrel and NOT leave a heavy amount of oil in it, especially if your going to shoot it within a day or two. A very light film of oil won`t hurt it. Thats where your BORE SNAKE would come in handy... run it thru the barrel once just before you shoot it.

No kerosene...??? Well hell, even walmart sells kerosene in their electric heater department... usually not far from the kerosun heaters, thats where you`ll find jugs of clear kerosene. But then again, they also sell CLP gun cleaner in the walmart sporting goods department too... you might better stick with that instead. I`ve used CLP many times, its good shit. I wont use it in the wintertime though, it gels up.

Another thing i`ve been trying lately... in the walmart Auto & RV department, they have "Liquid Wrench" RV Slider DRY lube... i use it on all my recoil spring assemblies. Works fuggin awesome...! I also use it to pre-lube my case`s before i run them in my progressive press. Way smoother operation during resizing. I leave the dry lube right on the reloaded case`s, it helps lube the mag when i shoot. Why pay HORNADY $15 a can when that RV slider dry lube is the same thing, for $4 a can.

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Roger. No CLP in the cold (I am in Wisconsin after all), stainless steel brushes, and maybe a bore snake might be a good thing to have.

Sounds like Hoppes is a pretty good go to lube as well and a little white grease cant hurt either.
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Roger. No CLP in the cold (I am in Wisconsin after all), stainless steel brushes, and maybe a bore snake might be a good thing to have.

Sounds like Hoppes is a pretty good go to lube as well and a little white grease cant hurt either.
I agree
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Old January 5th, 2017, 07:02 AM   #13
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This might be another dumb question, but hey I am here to learn.

If it rolls, you oil it. What rolls on a gun? Haha
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I've been using Breakfree CLP on all of my personal and duty weapons since the early 80's, never a mechanical operation or rusting issue of any of them so I see no reason to change until I do.
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This might be another dumb question, but hey I am here to learn.

If it rolls, you oil it. What rolls on a gun? Haha
It's just a general lube suggestion. I use oil on the barrel, inside the locking lug, and just a touch occasionally on the striker part on the slide. The grease goes on rails only. Oil and grease both attract dirt and burned powder. I oil and grease lightly. Some firearms like to run wet, some don't like a lot of lube. I use oil only on all steel guns. I use grease on polymer guns. Grease can thicken up in the winter, depending on the brand of grease. I use Tetra gun grease. Very small tube, lasts forever, cheap, and after you apply it, it kind of melts, which gives it a nice spread. You really only want to oil the spots where things touch one another, the rest is a waste. It just makes it more difficult to clean afterwards.
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