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Old 01-06-2012, 02:52 AM   #1
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Extreme cold weather lubricant.

Does anyone have any recommendations on a lubricant for use with semi-autos in extreme sub-zero weather conditions? While I've stood on the polar ice cap I don't expect to return anytime in the near or distant future, so this is more a question born from curiosity.
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I used graphite while some other guys used graphite in kerosene. If you are not doing much shooting, just go dry.
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Marvel Mystery Oil will still pour from a bottle at 65 below 0F or 87 below freezing.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:02 AM   #5
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Ain't MMO great stuff? Been around forever.

I love the gallon cans.....they can list more uses on it!

It's been my 'go-to' for noisy lifters and old cars for close to 50 years now. Fellow who clued me onto it ran a contracting business with 50-odd Briggs & Stratton one-lungers. If you've ever torn one down you know how NASTY they get inside. Not his. He'd re-ring them and grind the valves and they'd be good to go. Innards looked like it had never been run. He was also a part-time gunsmith and used it extensively in the shop as well.

Great honing oil too.


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Back in the day, the Army used to have some specific cold weather lubricants but I think they were all superseded by CLP. I know it was the stuff used in AK but there may have been some local exceptions. The Big Army can be pretty flexible when they want.
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I prefer silicone base lubricants for year round use. One advantage is that their viscosity doesn't change with temperature as a petroleum based lubricant does.
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Trooper - Firepower FP-10 is an excellect (CLP) lube and it's good for artic conditions http://www.mpc-home.com/firepower.php

Pat - when added to gasoline, Marvel Mystery Oil is also an excellent upper cylinder lubricant, and it'll greatly reduce carbon build-up on heads, valves and pistons.
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Pat - when added to gasoline, Marvel Mystery Oil is also an excellent upper cylinder lubricant, and it'll greatly reduce carbon build-up on heads, valves and pistons.
Amongst many, many other applications around engines and machinery in general.

When you read the can (or the website) it sounds like snake-oil but the stuff actually DOES do everything they claim.

And more.......


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+1 on the Milcomm grease, used sparingly. I have heard the the current crop of synthetic motor oils ar good for extreme cold, again used more sparingly than in temperate areas.
I too do not plan on visiting areas of extreme cold but if I did, I would bring TW-25, carbon powder lube and perhaps a couple of ounces of Mobil-1.
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