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Cold has arrived - pistols are not happy

Post by Mac2 on 10/15/2018, 8:13 pm

Testing bullseye pistols at 40 F and found that slides were now moving too slowly.  Conventional solution is to remove all oil/grease and to apply dry-graphite as lub.   Ideas?  Testing what were OK when not so cold include 9mm 1911 and "Marvel" 22LR on 1911 frame.  Mac

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Post by Wobbley on 10/15/2018, 8:18 pm

Half a lifetime ago we used this stuff for cold weather.

https://www.drislide.com
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Post by Chris Miceli on 10/15/2018, 8:48 pm

Sounds like a poor quality lube. Put some quality synthetic oil on that gun.

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Post by dronning on 10/15/2018, 8:56 pm

Give it a good clean using Kroil then relube with a good light synthetic oil there are many on the market check operating temps if listed, where you would use grease use a tiny dab of TW25B (the best).
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Post by kc.crawford.7 on 10/16/2018, 7:22 am

Clean everything off and lube with Gunfighter Oil.
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Post by Chris Miceli on 10/16/2018, 7:28 am

kc.crawford.7 wrote:Clean everything off and lube with Gunfighter Oil.
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Post by apipeguy on 10/16/2018, 8:23 am

I switch to Wilson lite oil in the winter and never have any issues. When I open our indoor range on Monday mornings it is usually under 60 and never gets above 65, so it works well there, too.
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Post by Bigtrout on 10/16/2018, 8:34 am

I use Hoppe's in warm weather and REM Oil in cold weather.  No problems with REM at near-freezing temperatures.
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Post by Gary Wells on 10/16/2018, 9:06 am

I've always liked Outer's "Gunslick" graphite lube but I'n in SoCalPRK and not where some of you guys are experiencing really cold weather. Unfortunately, Outer's Gunslick is no longer made as of about 6 months ago.

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Post by Mac2 on 10/19/2018, 9:56 pm

Many thanks - good people.  With K.C. leading the charge, I procured some "Gunfighter" synthetic oil.  Cleaned several pistols and applied "Gunfighter."  Extensive cold testing is ongoing, but the use of 100% synthetic "Gunfighter" does seen to be allowing moving parts to behave properly.  I also procured dry graphite and it might be useful when temperatures are really low.  [Many years ago, one of the few breaks from study was to watch on TV (B&W I think) "Have gun, will travel."  I filed away one case where old singe-action would only work in the cold because graphite was used.]  
If the Republic survives one more election and its aftermath AND warm weather returns: I will revisit hot weather lub.  Again, thanks!

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