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Old 01-21-2012, 01:30   #1
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Proper Lube for M1A

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I'm new, however, I have spent some considerable time browsing here and have been a member over at survivalistboards for awhile now..

I had a quick question about lube for my M1A. I recently bought some Froglube both the Paste and the liquid.. Will the paste work the same as gun grease for my rifle or do I need to invest in something else? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 01-21-2012, 17:24   #2
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Any good light oil 3 in 1 will do
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The M1A, like the M-14, is designed to be greased, not oiled. The bolt roller especially wants grease. There are tools made to grease the roller just as you would grease your car's wheel bearings, but you can do it with a cut-down .40S&W case.
Lubriplate grease is the milspec. You can still get it with a bit of internet searching. Some folks use automotive wheel bearing grease, others use a gun grease containing molybdenum disulfide. If the Froglube paste is similar to either of those, it might do. For a rifle that would cost me north of a kilobuck to replace, however, I'd let others do the Froglube experiment, and stick with a known quantity.
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I've used nothing but XF-7 Weapons Lubricant on my M14s for years, great product!
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thanks a lot for the input. I don't know too much about the consistency of the frog lube yet as I am deployed and it was recently delivered to my house..

I will probably order or attempt to acquire some of the aforementioned grease from work :
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I've been using Lubriplate. Seems to be working real well.

LUBRIPLATE 130-A MIL. SPEC. GREASE - Brownells
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Thanks for the link, Hungry. You'd think I would have looked for it on Brownells' site: I send them enough $$.
Looking at the Froglube, it appears to be essentially a modern Ballistol. Since it calls itself a CLP substitute/replacement, I believe it is not suited to the M-1 / M-14 / M1A family.
I'd stick with Lubriplate for the M1A, and use the Froglube on ARs, pistols, etc. that do well with a CLP.
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Just to be on the safe side I always give the cam surfaces, rails, and roller a shot of spray lube(rusty duck or any good lube-Rem oil/etc) before shooting much--never hurts.
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i prefer bacon grease, everyone loves bacon...and none of that turkey bacon crap. O i'm just kidding, (or am i). No i use plain ol cheap "shooters choice" All weather high-tech grease. comes in a 10ml syringe. So far so good...
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I've switched from grease to froglube on my M1A.
It runs smoother now,I put the frog everywhere on it,then wipe excess off,wipe excess off chamber and inside barrel before firing especially.
Works great so far!
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Originally Posted by PigBat View Post
The M1A, like the M-14, is designed to be greased, not oiled. The bolt roller especially wants grease. There are tools made to grease the roller just as you would grease your car's wheel bearings, but you can do it with a cut-down .40S&W case.
Lubriplate grease is the milspec. You can still get it with a bit of internet searching. Some folks use automotive wheel bearing grease, others use a gun grease containing molybdenum disulfide. If the Froglube paste is similar to either of those, it might do. For a rifle that would cost me north of a kilobuck to replace, however, I'd let others do the Froglube experiment, and stick with a known quantity.
A 40S&W case is much cheaper than the Bolt Roller Greaser from
Dillon ($6.75).
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Speaking of the .40 cal case. I tried to cut one down with my dremel and it will not fit over the bolt roller, however, I cut down a .45 acp and it slid right over the roller and allowed me to pack the Lubriplate right in. I don't know if I was simply cutting the .40 down to far or what.
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Originally Posted by usmc0341 View Post
Speaking of the .40 cal case. I tried to cut one down with my dremel and it will not fit over the bolt roller, however, I cut down a .45 acp and it slid right over the roller and allowed me to pack the Lubriplate right in. I don't know if I was simply cutting the .40 down to far or what.
The more likely explanation is that I had yet another "senior moment" and mis-remembered which case to cut down.
Thanks for the clarification; maybe I'll remember it correctly this time...
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I wasn't sure if I was doing it correctly or not : fortunately I have plenty of .45acp brass but I picked a few .40 cal up at the range that I had mistaken for .45 and I held on to them remembering this post.

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Unfortunately I bought a bolt roller greaser from Dillon, before reading this.
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I use grease in the bolt roller,I used a .40 cal shell had to flare it a tiny bit to make it fit.
I use froglube paste for the rest of my m1a ,works good.
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I use the .45 ACP for mine.
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M1- M1A Lube.

M1 lube. for years I used gun oil on both my M1 Garands. Then last year at Pep Boys auto parts I bought a can $9 or $10 of Mobile synthetic grease. The grease is red.

M1A. Also use Moblie synthetic grease on my M1A. Apply it to bolt roller using a tooth pick.

The one can of grease I bought should last several (Many, many) life times for these 3 rifles.
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