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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2014, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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gun lube for extreme cold??

I have a Beretta AL 390 that experiances feeding and firing problems in extreme cold temps. The action gets "gummy" and doesn't cycle properly and somtimes doesn't fire, but leaves firing pin impression in the primer. The only thing I can think of is the lube gets "gummy" when it gets really cold (under 30 degrees). I field stripped the action, degreased, and applied a light coating of Break Free. Same thing happened. It is also happeneing with my son's Beretta 3901 which is basically the same action as the 390. Both guns function flawlessly in warmer temps. Is this, as I suspect, a lube problem or might there be another issue?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2014, 11:48 AM
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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

Have been trying this with the muzzleloader with good results.
http://www.ballistol.com/

Hear this is good also but have not tried it.
https://www.birchwoodcasey.com/Clean...rotection.aspx

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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

Have you tried removing all the lube and then shooting it?

I would strip and clean the bolt and firing pin. Remove all the lube. Make sure the trigger group is clean. Then try it.

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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

You should never fire an weapon that has been totally degreased as it will cause gouging of the metal parts from the friction. However, most people over lubricate their firearms. After you degrease the action of a firearm you need to use a drop of oil to lube the entire action. It can be done with a Q-tip and literally one drop of quality oil, such as Break Free or Rem Oil. Manually cycle the action several times and then remove any visible oil.
The oil absorbed by the metal during this process will not cause the action to slow due to cold weather issues.

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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

i havent used a ton but i love ballistol despite it having the weirdest smell ever!

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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

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You should never fire an weapon that has been totally degreased
That is not always true. There are times when it is accepted and recommended. The military trains you to degrease your weapon for use in cold and artic climates. A light very coat of lubricant is used to protect the metal from moisture.

The best way to determine if there is an excess lubrication problem is to remove the lubrication and see if that corrects the problem.



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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

EEZOX Good from 450deg to -95deg After that, I'd second the choice of Ballistol. Nothing should be used more than a very thin film though. I was always taught to use a dry gun when hunting, which consisted of wiping everything off with a dry cloth. You don't actually work the action much when hunting and unless you have a junk gun, you shouldn't hurt anything hunting with it dry. I have my original 336 in 30-30, had always hunted it dry ( it's 54yrs old) and it still is like new mechanically.

Had Remoil freeze up in -20 weather. I'd never use it if I thought that type of weather was possible, but it is also fairly good to about 0deg

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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

Not quite sure DF but it sounds like we might be saying the same thing.
Degrease to remove excess oil and re-lubricate sparingly.

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Re: gun lube for extreme cold??

http://www.mpro7.com/m-pro7-gun-oil-lpx.html

I like a light coat of M pro 7 lubes extremly well and whatever i put it on seems to never rust
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