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Any favorite 1911 lube?

JaphyJaphy Posts: 571 Senior Member
After a few cleanings my SA 1911 I believe the lugs and need some light grease. Any suggestions?


  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 5,386 Senior Member
    I use high temp bearing grease that I got for my boat trailer.  One HUGE tube is like $8 and will last me 3 lifetimes.  I apply it thin with a cheap watercolor brush.  I like it because it’s sticky and stays where I put it.

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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    I use whatever I can reach. Oil, grease, Imperial wax, graphite spray. I try not to use too much. A little dab will do ya. 
  • BigslugBigslug Posts: 9,858 Senior Member
    Not a fan of grease for the primary operating bits, as it only collects powder & carbon and gets stiffer in place.  I run the rails, feed pawl, & barrel lugs fairly wet with Break Free, plus a drop on the disconnector tip and down the gap formed by holding back the hammer to get a bit on the sear engagement surfaces.  It dissolves the crud and let's it flow out of the way.

    The internal coil springs (mainspring, mag catch, and plunger tube) get  packed with a bit of grease as a moisture barrier.  A smear of the same coats the combination sear spring.

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 1,463 Senior Member
    I actually prefer Way oil. It's a very sticky lube used on my two lathes for bearing surfaces such as between the ways and the tailstock, hence its name.
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  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 624 Senior Member
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  • ZeeZee Posts: 28,369 Senior Member
    Synthetic ATF
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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