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Old 10-25-2011, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you guys use for a substitute for oil on your guns. A synthetic air tool oil, pixie dust, mayo?
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Generic air tool oil works great.
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This is fairly dependent on which gun it's going in of course, but I've hand much success with...

Air tool oil.
Hoppes No. 9 Gun oil (very important, NOT No. 9 Solvent).
And Automatic Transmission Fluid.


Things to avoid...

WD-40. You WILL be making a trip to your local pro-shop after using this to replace EVERY o-ring in your gun.
Assorted spray oils. Many aren't all that different from WD-40, others leave a coating that builds up after a while.
Cooking Oil. Don't know how or why, but the local pro-shop had quite a few guns come through the door jammed up with rancid cooking oil for an entire summer.
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What do you guys use for a substitute for oil on your guns. A synthetic air tool oil, pixie dust, mayo?
Kraft is ok but dont go cheap and use store brand.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use triflow on every gun that requires oil.

Someone let me know if that is bad.
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Hoppe's here as well.

I also like to put a pinch of pixie stix in my ASA before gassing up -- tends to help my recharge rate and put the ki-bosh on drop off.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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tri flow on every gun for oil is fine, I just cant justify spending that much. my oil is synthetic air tool oil. My grease for regs, rams (not timmys), and gentler spool valves is chemplex 710. For spools (like ions) that blow the chemplex down the barrel in like 20 shots, the get dow 33. Timmy rams get dow 55.
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Generic air tool oil works great.
This is the reason I posted this thread. I called Campbell Hausfield today after purchasing a bottle of their air tool oil. I thought who better to know right. Well it turns out their air tool oil will dissolve buna o-rings. Their tech said to use 3 in 1 oil. I was under the assumption that this was as bad as using WD-40 on your o-rings. I know synthetic air tool can be used but nobody around me stocks it, Home Depot, Canadian Tire etc. Anybody know of a synthetic oil brand name?
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No idea on a brand name. I just buy the big bottle from harbor freight that says synthetic air tool oil on it. Lowes stocks it too. Just order some on mcmaster/msc/grainger/canadian equivalent.
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Lucas Air Tool oil. Bought a quart for my air tools & also took it with me to the field. Timmies, Mags, Tippmans, Spyders & my Sterling got some when/where needed. Right now Im using Triflow for oil. When it runs out Im switching back to Lucas cause my air tools are at work now & I use Valvoline Mercon to lube them at work.

I have also used Mercon for a short time without problems. For years I used RemOil (pistol/rifle) on my Spyders without problems.
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