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Any experience with the dreaded gun lube FTF? Or is this largely a myth perpetuated out of an overabundance of caution?
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
Well, first off WD-40 is not really a lubricant, it's a water dispersal agent, hence the "WD".
IMHO, WD-40 has no place on a firearm, unless said firearm has gotten wet and there are unreachable areas (impractical w/o disassembly or impossible) which require getting the water out of. WD-40 will also gum up after a while. People get a false sense of security from WD-40 thinking it's a lubricant, and it's not. When it dries, it's gone...evaporated.
Hoppe's #9 was great stuff until they neutered it a decade ago or so. I still use it for cleaning, but not for action lubrication. Rem oil is okay in a pinch because it's easy to get. I generally use dry lubes on my pistols and semi auto rifles. This way the dust won't adhere to the oil and jam up the action. It also reduces wear on dusty conditions.
As for cartridges...why are you getting lubricant on your cartridges at all? In a well cleaned and lubricated firearm there should be no residual oil to get on the cartridges, and there's certainly no need to lubricate cartridges (other than for sizing during reloading).
As far as wet lubricants go, Ballistol, CLP and Hoppe's #9 (lube) are good