Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 family of rifles

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Old 07-18-2012, 21:57   #1
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Post Lubing your Mini

People have different opinions of how to properly lube their mini after cleaning.

I decided to try something different I had lying around:



I've used it for things like garage door tracks, car sunroof drive springs, etc. and the stuff always seemed to work very well. It is designed to dry like a wax film to both protect and lubricate. So after cleaning the Mini the other day, I decided to try lubing the bolt-to-receiver surfaces and op rod hand track with it...

Now it's SMOOTH LIKE BUTTER....

I will be curious to see how well it holds up between cleanings.
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Old 07-19-2012, 15:42   #2
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I use some 90wt gear grease. In the winter I lighten it up by mixing in some thin Rem Oil. It seems to work well. If it moves, grease it. kwg
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I grease mine the same way that I grease my M14. However I think I might buy some of the stuff that your using to see how it works with rifles.
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Old 07-19-2012, 19:20   #4
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lubing your mini

Tetra grease and cotton swabs works great. Tetra grease stays where you put it and doesn't seem to attract other residue or fouling.
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Old 07-19-2012, 21:23   #5
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I've been using 50/50 mix of tranny fluid and marvel mystery oil on all my semi autos.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:55   #7
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Originally Posted by C.Montague View Post
I have recently been using Frog Lube. Reading the reviews about this product, it seemed like it might be a very good lubricant, and having handled the stuff, I can say that it makes the firearm parts extremely slick. The best selling feature for me, however, is the fact that it is approved as non-toxic. It is supposedly largely plant derived, soy in fact, and works well.

Of course, the Mini-14 has always worked well with other lubricants, but something that is non-toxic is a definite bonus.
I use Frog Lube on almost all my guns now. I live in a small apartment with my girlfriend and when I had other solvents, it gave my girlfriend headaches. Needless to say, she's happy since I've switched over to Frog Lube and its a bonus that it's worked extremely well for me. Having said that.. I still apply grease to metal on metal sliding parts. My CZ has Slide Glide grease on the rails, same with my Mini on sliding parts.
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I've been using wheel bearing grease. Either Mobile One Syn. or Slick 50. Whichever tub is easiest to reach.
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Originally Posted by Guido View Post
I've been using wheel bearing grease. Either Mobile One Syn. or Slick 50. Whichever tub is easiest to reach.
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That Slick 50 is good slippery stuff, I have a cartridge of it and just dipping a flat toothpick in it one time is enough to lube the parts of the Mini that need grease. Where oil is called for I have been using drop or two of Duralube.

I have been running my AR's on straight duralube and cleaning with CLP and have been very happy with the results. All the carbon buildup wipes off really easy.
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I clean with CLP and lube with Hoppes gun oil. Works for me. The Mini does not appear to need a lot of lube and does not need to be run "wet" like a Direct Impingement AR rifle does.
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Originally Posted by Rogervzv View Post
I clean with CLP and lube with Hoppes gun oil. Works for me. The Mini does not appear to need a lot of lube and does not need to be run "wet" like a Direct Impingement AR rifle does.
True that, but a Mini does need a little grease in a couple spots.
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Places that need grease are where the bolt and op-rod ride in the tracks, where the underside of the bolt contacts the hammer, and where the op-rod contacts the barrel.
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True that, but a Mini does need a little grease in a couple spots.
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Hi guys! I just personally bought a mini last wensday, a 185 series, 1990 vintage. I took it to the range, shot 60 rounds through it, and cleaned her up, for what looked like the first time in its' life. I just greased wherever the wear marks showed, that seems towork great. No malfunctions, no trouble at all, just need to find some ammo for it!

People say the mini-14 ain't accurate? I was knocking bowling pins off of sawhorses at 300 yards with no trouble. Only thing i changed was painting the front sight orange with some nail polish. I'm in love.
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I have never used grease on any firearm in my 37+ years of shooting... Certainly not on a Mini.
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Suit yourself.
Grease is what's called for on the Garand and M14. I don't think my Garand would have survived 70 years without it. The Mini is based on these rifles.
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I used M14s in the Army. We never greased them. Hoppes 9 bore cleaner and gun oil. That was it. No grease. Not ever. Nor did we ever use grease on M16s. Never even saw such a thing as gun grease during my 5 year Army tour. And at various times I was in charge of as many as 150 M16s.
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We never greased our M14's either, maybe the old manuals call for it because it holds up better in extreme circumstances?
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I've been using this stuff lately. Seems to work very well. I really like Lucas products and use a variety of them on my car, truck and MC.

Lucas Gun Oil : Lucas Oil

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Whenever possible I prefer to use solutions that do not attract dust. Hence the dry film metal protectant.

Otherwise I think gun oil is gun oil. Companies try to reinvent the wheel, but ultimately oil is used to coat, lube and displace moisture. I personally use Hoppe's or CLP in the liquid variety.
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I've been using Tetra and Super Lube synthetic oil w/PTFE (teflon). I like the Super Lube because it flows like an oil but is a little on the viscous side, so not too runny and doesn't evaporate like CLP.
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This is an excellent link provided by someone here. Thank You!

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If you are shooting and cleaning a lot, grease and various oils will work great. But in general, the less grease and oil on a gun the better, because it attracts dust and becomes sticky and gummy. My dads Colt Govt .45 did not shoot when he needed it one day because the firing pin was stuck in hardened grease. I recently had Robar apply their NP3+ nickle/teflon coating to the bolt and extractor of my mini-14. Now the only lube I use is moly Dri-slide on the spring, piston, and where the op rod rubs on the receiver.

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Originally Posted by scottm343 View Post
If you are shooting and cleaning a lot, grease and various oils will work great. But in general, the less grease and oil on a gun the better, because it attracts dust and becomes sticky and gummy. My dads Colt Govt .45 did not shoot when he needed it one day because the firing pin was stuck in hardened grease. I recently had Robar apply their NP3+ nickle/teflon coating to the bolt and extractor of my mini-14. Now the only lube I use is moly Dri-slide on the spring, piston, and where the op rod rubs on the receiver.

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An excellent point. I have found that the best reliability in a firearm derives from a very clean firearm with minimum lubrication. The moving parts in a firearm, i.e. the slide and action, typically have plenty of force behind them and do not require lube to the extent that say, gears in a machine might require. On the other hand, grease and oils can mix with the crud from firing and form a nasty compound that can cause the kind of mischief described above. A few drops of gun lube on slide rails and other surfaces that involve the action is all that I have ever found necessary. And all my guns shoot great and show minimal wear. Your mileage may vary. (Read some posts by "Iowegan" on the Ruger forum. He is a retired gunsmith who is very good at describing the error of over-lubing a firearm.)
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I use to see over-lubing all the time on the M-16s.

All it needed were 2 drops in the gas-ring holes, and a few drops on the contact surfaces of the bolt carrier. Anything more was just attracting dust.

Less lube also made cleaning the Kuwaiti real-estate out of the rifles much easier.
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Originally Posted by herb40 View Post
Tetra grease and cotton swabs works great. Tetra grease stays where you put it and doesn't seem to attract other residue or fouling.
+1 on that. Works really well for protecting and lubing the mini's bolt.
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