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    engine oil

    heres the situation i usually use 3 in 1 gun oil to wipe over the outside of my barrels on my shotguns(and small smear down the barrel) and rifles exterior, now after a wet wet day pheasant shooting then duck flighting i came in with my shotgun gave it a good dry and light oil with some 3 in1 but i was all out so i used engine oil (brand new engine oil ~) i poured it into my empty 3 in 1 container and used it from there as i thought any oil is better than nowt,
    will this damage my gun ? does anyone see any problem with using this ?

  2. #2
    Seems reasonable and I can't see it hurting anything.

    Neil.

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    Anything is better than nothing until you manage to get something better.

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    SAE 30 or 40 (Lawnmower oil) or antique car oil have less agressive additives.
    Then again modern car oils might have additives to break down carbon deposites...
    I don't think steel will be affected, brass or bronze might be?
    Old gearboxes and their bronze gears can be very sensitive to modern oils.
    For years I used a blend of a heavy industrial gear oil and wd40 for my guns.

    edi

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    My lad and I have been using new 10 40 engine oil to wipe down the rifles and shotguns for over a year. No signs of any deteriorationon on any of the guns at all. As patterdale says " anything is better than nothing" and to be honest I think the engine oil out performs 3 in 1 for storage.

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    Here is a link to BB site with some good info on alternatives to normal gun oil, I use the Militech 1 now.
    http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...ubes-and-stuff
    Last edited by chickenman; 23-12-2012 at 09:36.

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    depends on the viscosity I guess
    I use Mobil1 0w30 which is very light/viscous

    but a 15w50 would be a bit thick and sticky I think

    out of interest, is this just general storage procedure or are you putting them away for longer periods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    depends on the viscosity I guess
    I use Mobil1 0w30 which is very light/viscous

    but a 15w50 would be a bit thick and sticky I think

    out of interest, is this just general storage procedure or are you putting them away for longer periods
    We use it for general storage, no signs of the bluing being damaged or woodwork damage.

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    I used to use a cloth that had been liberally sprayed with waxoyl to wipe over the metalwork. Obviously you dont leave a thick film but I never got rust even when the guns had a good old soaking

  10. #10
    The only thing to steer clear of is oils with EP in them, usually only gear oils carry this unless you have managed to get hold of some really odd circulatory oils.

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