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    M1 Grease/Lubricants

    Sorry if this is a duplicate post...just joined the forum.

    On the CMP site they talked about using Plastilube or Lubriplate. When I looked for these on the web I found the name, but the lube was being used for tractors, lawn equipment, etc. I called Brownells and they said they used the Lubriplate #130, but that and the #105 is no longer available. They pointed me to Militec grease. Militec has good write ups on their site, also found a M1A forum that had good things to say about it.

    What do folks use on your rifles? Pros and Cons would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dave

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    Midway has Lubriplate 130A which was originally developed for the Garand. Then came Plastilube, a new and improved grease for the M14. Iv'e used both over the years and my preference is Plastilube. That said, any good grease that is used for high temp. applications, like wheel bearing grease is probably just as good as anything.

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/44...ease-14-oz-can

    This is Plastilube which is the same brown grease that also comes in the little plastic pots with the yellow caps.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mili...sAAOSwal5YIeIu

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      #3
      I don't like Lubriplate 130 at all. It's a white grease that tends to harden and yellow over time. Looks like crap too, messy. There are eBay sellers that sell 1960's military surplus gun grease that's identical to Plastilube and designed for auto and semi auto rifles. I had a pound that took me about 10 years to use up even after giving some to most of my friends. I recently bought another of the same stuff that should last me until I'm fertilizer.

      This: http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-VIETNAM-E...YAAOSwOyJX9qmU

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mili...sAAOSwal5YIeIu

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-mili...wAAOSwVFlUCTJo

      Honestly, any good synthetic bearing grease you buy at Walmart will do the job as well as anything. Being newer technology, probably even better in the long run. Garands aren't that picky about any good grease you use in them as long as you use grease.
      Last edited by lapriester; 12-02-2016, 02:18 AM.

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        #4
        To an M1 rifle, grease is grease is grease. I use high pressure high temp wheel bearing grease. Get a 1# tub at Wally World for about 5 bucks. That tub of grease will last you about 20 life times. Keep it simple, don't over think it.
        Jon

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          #5
          Garand Gear recommends Mobil 1 synthetic grease. I got a tub and tried it, works well. I've used white lithium grease, automotive chassis lithium grease, plastilube, graphite grease and maybe the old Swiss rifle grease. All worked pretty well. Generally I'm not sparing with it either. What I am careful of is to remove all the old grease before applying anything different. Sometimes the additives (soaps) can defeat each other and the resulting mix won't function properly. There are a lot of places on the Garand that should be greased.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Smokey View Post
            Garand Gear recommends Mobil 1 synthetic grease. I got a tub and tried it, works well. I've used white lithium grease, automotive chassis lithium grease, plastilube, graphite grease and maybe the old Swiss rifle grease. All worked pretty well. Generally I'm not sparing with it either. What I am careful of is to remove all the old grease before applying anything different. Sometimes the additives (soaps) can defeat each other and the resulting mix won't function properly. There are a lot of places on the Garand that should be greased.
            All above lube sounds good except Graphite or any grease with Graphite in it. Do an internet search on Graphite and corrosion.

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              #7
              I've used "Gunslick" graphite grease for almost 50 years both as a lubricant and as a protective coating. That at least never caused a corrosion problem, and has stayed put all this time on a few.
              I don't know about other formulations so I won't dispute what you've said.

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