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Old 03-16-2009, 02:08 PM
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I have a SKS that I clean inside and out after every trip to the range. I have been using a very light coating of common car axle grease on the bolt faces. The firing pin get cleaned a little less often, but it get a film coating of hoppes gun oil on there too. I've had no problems at all with the rifle after about 4 or 5 trips to the range with 100 or so shots a trip. I also treat this as a deer rifle and I am very careful not to heat up the barrel.

I also clean out the gas piston and put a very film coating of hoppes oil on the surfaces with no problem. If it matters, I only use wolf 154gr ammo. But, have tested winchester, military, and wolf military classic stuff too. No problems.
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Hoppe's. I have always used Hoppe's.
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I have a SKS that I clean inside and out after every trip to the range. I have been using a very light coating of common car axle grease on the bolt faces. NO, NO, NO, not on the bolt face, on the carrier grooves that fit the receiver rails, but not on the bolt lugs. Weapon Shield grease is an even better choice
The firing pin get cleaned a little less often, but it get a film coating of hoppes gun oil on there too. Fine on that one I've had no problems at all with the rifle after about 4 or 5 trips to the range with 100 or so shots a trip. It was designed that way, Russian serf special
I also treat this as a deer rifle and I am very careful not to heat up the barrel. +1, heat makes more barrel erosion

I also clean out the gas piston and put a very film coating of hoppes oil on the surfaces with no problem. If it matters, I only use wolf 154gr ammo. But, have tested winchester, military, and wolf military classic stuff too. No problems. That is only because of the slow fire, you don't ol the gas system unless puttnig it into long term storage
The 154 gr. hunting ammo (SP) is not going to have the same point of aim as the 124 gr. more common milfodder.

The bolt lugs should be lubed with nonvolatilizing Weapon SHield
If you can't find that product, PM me, i can get it for you at a discount.


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I figure use cosmoline. After all it was good enough for storage.
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DUDE!

You cannot LUBRICATE with cosmoline! Cosmoline...ALL OF IT...should be thoroughly REMOVED from your SKS!
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You cannot LUBRICATE with cosmoline! Cosmoline...ALL OF IT...should be thoroughly REMOVED from your SKS!
What? and I thought it was great for the firing pin too. (keeps it from rusting). Besides it smells so good and goes well with peanut butter on a sandwich.
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CLP is what I use on all my firearms including my SKS.
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CLP is what I use on all my firearms including my SKS.
yes, finally, someone mentions CLP. break-free is THE only thing you should use. NOTHING beats it.
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CLP or Tri-flow. Either works well.
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yes, finally, someone mentions CLP. break-free is THE only thing you should use. NOTHING beats it.
Yes that is why SF and SEALS got rid of it right, because it's so good ?????

Let me see, what does the MSDS on it say ??????????

CLPs a bore cleaner, a bore solvent; a "solvent" makes a lousy lube by definition because volatilizes (evaporates). What use is a lubricant that evaporates at high temperatures??? That is why NONVOLATILIZING Weapon Shield or something similar should be used.

Just because the Army had to come up with a compromise for moron GIs (idiotproof doesn't = excellent) doesn't mean i have to choose a poor compromise. Do you really think there hasn't been any advances in fluid technology or petroleum engineering in 35 years.

You Sir, are another Board member who doesn't know cosmoline from peanut butter.
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A little trick I learned was to use a black or dark blue rag to wipe down the rough external phosphated surfaces. White cloth particularly flanel will leave a whitish haze.
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Mobile 1.

Started using it about six months ago and have had no problems.

I find that Break free tends to form a sticky shellac-like residue after a few months of storage. It doesn't clean that well, either. Hoppes #9 for that!

I'm experimenting with Slick 50 on an AK right now. I hope the the PTFE which bonds with the metal will provide some lubercation even when the gun appears to be dry.

When shooting corrosive ammo, I still clean the barrel with Ivory soap and boiling water, then lube. Old Black Powder habits die hard!

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Yes that is why SF and SEALS got rid of it right, because it's so good ?????

Let me see, what does the MSDS on it say ??????????

CLPs a bore cleaner, a bore solvent; a "solvent" makes a lousy lube by definition because volatilizes (evaporates). What use is a lubricant that evaporates at high temperatures??? That is why NONVOLATILIZING Weapon Shield or something similar should be used.

Just because the Army had to come up with a compromise for moron GIs (idiotproof doesn't = excellent) doesn't mean i have to choose a poor compromise. Do you really think there hasn't been any advances in fluid technology or petroleum engineering in 35 years.

You Sir, are another Board member who doesn't know cosmoline from peanut butter.

Uhmmmm..... moron GIs?
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yes, finally, someone mentions CLP. break-free is THE only thing you should use. NOTHING beats it.
Break free here, with some light oil on the bolt. Stopped using the 'windex trick' even - and I use mil surp ammo. The SKS has been going fine for almost two years now.
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10W-5 motor oil. You will know if your in a real jam when it flames up off the barrel. Sort of like the buzzer on the oven, just a bit more visual.
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I didn't coat the bolt faces. I wasn't sure oil would hold up. I still do the soap and water thing to when cleaning, even though wolf says it's non corrosive. I do know the military ammo will have a higher point of aim than the 154gr, but I like that it is very close to the 30-30 trajectory. That's my hunting round normally.

I grease the sildes and the mating surfaces between the bolt and carrier. One person said that is bad? The SKS is my 1st step into semi-autos. Was thinking of stepping into a colt target grade, maybe.
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we dont have to worry about you fireing it when out side in a cold ny winter useing greese,in winter that greese your useing will thicken up and probably not even fire.it also collects dirt and grime and powder fouling thing up,thats why i dont like semis up here when the tempature get down there,you should use very thin oil used very lightly,keep the fireing pin clean and mostly dry for cold weather,what works for you in summer wont work in winter.
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