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    I wonder what my Dad was using to clean this tail gun barrel? This is a photo taken in France close to the end of the war. The plane is an early model B-26 Marauder. Den
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    Quote Originally Posted by kramerw View Post
    Cranky old man. Have to wonder, but when it comes to instructions, like, looking up a process or repair on the web? There are an overwhelming surfeit of DIY videos. What I like? Instructions. Typed out. Printed. Well, maybe not printed, but available as text block.

    So I like this forum, might’ve influenced my LCP II purchase. Really love this weapon, like a lot.

    Stupid new user question, what is the preferred lube and cleaning solutions for the gun?

    I wouldn’t ask, but I didn’t find any other threads...
    Hoppes... followed by a light coating of white lithium grease on bearing surfaces. I used this with AR15s, which are some of the most cantankerous firearms you'll find.

    I do a surface wipe of the slide and clean out the fuzz once a week. I use a very light oil like Remington Rem Oil. The most vulnerable part of a self loading firearm is the magazine and thus it deserves the most attention. I wipe them inside and out, wipe the springs and lightly wipe the follower using Rem Oil. I also inspect the feed lips for distortion (former and current AR15 owners know that the original magazines were trash).

    I also blow out lint from the hammer region using canned air.

    I'm thinking of knocking out the firing pin retaining roll pin to degunk that too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Denny4kids View Post
    I wonder what my Dad was using to clean this tail gun barrel? This is a photo taken in France close to the end of the war. The plane is an early model B-26 Marauder. Den
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    More than likely the oil used for engine lube. My dad only got to fly his P51 as the Crew Chief had final say about anything maintenance or mechanical on the aircraft. He said that his CC used to tell him "It's MY airplane, you just get to fly it!"
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  5. #24 Re: Best oil and cleaning solution for LCP II? 
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    I've been using Break free since the 80's. No problems. The LCP probably doesn't need more, but I'm now also using Slip 2000 as an oil, and it seems to slick things up pretty well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denny4kids View Post
    I wonder what my Dad was using to clean this tail gun barrel? This is a photo taken in France close to the end of the war. The plane is an early model B-26 Marauder. Den
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    Don't you think he was using a standard bore cleaner for the time, because of the concern over the damage the corrosive primers could do in a relatively short time? Or maybe just hot water at first? The standard for cleaning rifle barrels in barracks was hot, soapy water, followed by dry patches, followed by oiled patches. I am sure he was doing the same, or the equivalent. In our time of non-corrosive primers, we forget how easy we have it.
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    Ballistol, Hoppe's, Hoppe's synthetic, Ed's Red, Hoppe's Black Rifke are all good general purpose gun solvents. Allow them time to act. Rem Bore Cleaner, Flitz Bore Cleaner, or especially, J-B Bore Cleaner combined with Kroil penetrating oil, will save you a lot of time and effort with oatches and brushes, and give you a sparkling clean bore. All are safe to use as directed. They will remove all types of fouling. Check Brownells if you can't find them locally. Always wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated place, and watch out for sources of flames!

    For just copper fouling, not usually much of an issue with handguns, use products such as Sweet's or Butch's Bore Shine, following the instructions carefully. I like to use patches damp with naphtha, followed by dry patches, inbetween different products, to avoid any chemical interactions.

    RemOil is a very light mineral oil and a solvent (which evaporates rather quickly). It doesn't do well in any tests for protection against rust, by the way. I like to use it to get a stiff part, such as a bolt on a rifle, working again. But it can be too light for other lubrication jobs.

    IMHO Hoppe's makes a fine semi- or full synthetic oil more suited to lubricating guns. It's light, but used sparingly, will satisfactorily lubricate a considerable area. But it won't disappear. Just use it sparingly.

    Lithium grease (white) is still the standard for the Queen of the Battlefield, the great M1 Garand. But for other uses, engineers and chemists have found lithium is not a good base for greases (I am a chemistry professor who has been reseaching oils and greases sinces the 1970s). Please check Grant Cunningham's lubrication guide, which you can find by Googling it. There he explains the best choices you can make today, using well-proven technologies used in industry. We've advanced well-beyond white lithium-based greases for most applications.
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    "And just don’t overlube your little LCP . . . .
    Other than regular cleaning, it is also a good idea to replace the recoil spring set of your LCP at every 500 rounds or so to keep your little gun reliable. Recoil spring in larger guns can last much more rounds. But recoil springs in pocket pistols like the LCP take a lot of beating. They are really inexpensive anyways. Buy a few sets from Ruger and keep them handy in your range bag."

    First of all, Great advice! Most of my life, the advice was to caution against over-lubrication! Now, we are told to run our guns "wet" which I think comes mainly from the AR15 crowd (I like my AR, but it isn't the only -or best gun- in the world, far from it). The truth remains, that only a thin film of oil or greas will remain between parts to foster smooth movement and reduced friction and wear. The rest is wasted and holds dirt, dust, and gunk, and soils clothing. Use lubricants sparingly and wisely, with some understanding and insight into how the firearm in question works.

    Secondly, a lot of us neglect to keep an eye on the number of rounds we put through our furearms. While I think 500 rounds is being more than a bit conservative concerning changing out the LCP recoil spring as suggested by an earlier poster. I'd feel quite safe in going 2000 rounds, or more, say 2500, because the recoil spring isn't likely broken in before at least 100 rounds have been fired (plus, it helps to work the slide, and to leave the slide locked backed for the first two weeks).

    Has anyone queried Ruger about this?

    I certainly would not carry with a new recoil spring which has been fired with fewer than 200 rounds practice ammunition, plus 50 rounds of my carry load, and which has not had the slide locked back in storage for two weeks or more inbetween range trips.

    Nonetheless, it is especially true that a small blowback design places a LOT of stress on that part, and a small handgun can easily be battered by a wornout recoil spring. So better to be safe than sorry over an inexpensive part! Good call! Certainly more shooters abuse the gun by NOT changing out the recoil spring -ever! So, good call!!!

    Same thing with magazine springs -clean the mags, yes, but why not keep track of them, and replace at say, 6000 rounds? Cheap enough! Is it going to break the bank?
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    Brianm14--
    On my carry guns, I use Hornady One Shot HD-Extreme(they make about three different kinds)...not much for cleaning, but the dry lubricant sure reduces lint/dust build-up in the weapon and no problem with oil stains, etc. This is based on my knowledge on the subject of lubrication, which is about "zilch", but, given the 10,000 or so recommendations of others, is probably about as reliable..........?thoughts?
    Actually, I did start using the dry lubricant after reading an article by a fellow who did extensive testing on almost 50 products(Comprehensive Corrosion Test: 46 Products Compared : Day At The Range).
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    Actually, I reviewed the above article again(about the 20th time) and found the follow up article on lubricity...final verdict: The best protectors against corrosion were Froglube, Hornday’s One Shot and WD-40 Specialist and the three best for lubricity were Froglube, Hornady’s One Shot and Barricade. For practical preference, I have chosen to go with the Hornady. Here is the ref. to both his corrosion and friction tests: https://ronkulas.proboards.com/threa...1&scrollTo=711
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    Brianm14 mentioned cleaning the inside of the magazines on a somewhat regular basis. Totally agree. A few trips back at the range my lcp380 would fire 2 rounds and fail to load the next round. Manually recycled the slide, fired 2 rounds and again failed to chamber. Dry cleaned the inside of the mag and spring - problem solved. I would recommend cleaning the mag every 500 rounds.
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