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I've Washed 'em, I've Weighed 'em, In What Should I Lube 'em?

Discussion in 'Technical' started by v1ktor, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. v1ktor

    v1ktor Engaging Member

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    Got your attention;)

    Pellets, that's what I am talking about.

    As in the title I am trying to find the best and cheapest lube for pellets.

    .22 variety, not that I imagine size should make any difference:D
     
  2. stew87

    stew87 Engaging Member

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    I have in the past used the napier lube with good results groups tightened up slightly. But all I do know is just wash the pellets to remove any crud and I get good results so don't really bother lubing anymore :thumb:
     
  3. terry1001

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    The best one I've used was LT1. You use so little that price isn't a big factor.
     
  4. carnivore

    carnivore Keyboard Hero

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    Napier lube, LT1 both good. Some people use silicone spray (Back to Black car shine or Pledge polish) or similar. Bicycle chain wax lube is not unheard of. You only need enough to lube the periphery of the pellet's head and the skirt to be effective in the rifle, don't waste lube by drenching the pellets. The sprays can easily coat the body too which helps prevent the lead oxidising.
    That's my 2 cents worth.
     
  5. v1ktor

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    Hadn't seen the LT1 but now, reading more, I have ordered a bottle.

    Cheers all.
     
  6. john79

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    Castrol gtx engine oil has/is being used to great effect :up:
     
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    I did it use gun oil spray once, don't know if it made any difference though.
     
  8. Tmag

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    I use power steering fluid, mainly because I had some in the garage and it's safe on seals and o rings, unlike some mineral oils, I've also used ballistol, I haven't noticed huge improvements in accuracy but lubed pellets seem to feed easier and will obviously give some rust protection to the inside of the barrel
     
  9. monsta41

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    i spray a tiny amount of napier spray on the foam in the tin
     
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  10. mikej

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    I've used Whiscombe Honey in the past but use very sparingly. Use google to find out about it and the ingredients.
    Jojoba oil is also used again google jojoba oil as pellet lube at worlds.
    There's lots more I'm sure
     
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    Ditto
     
  12. longhunter

    longhunter Well-Known Member

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    White gas. I use it to wash the pellets, and it leaves a thin film of lubricant, when it dries. Model airplane fuel work, also.
     
  13. 32:1

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    Im trying something at the moment as Ive just looked at washing the crud off recent tins of pellets, Ive washed them with our old motorcycle premix fuel which takes all the crud and waxes off, the petrol then evaporates leaving a thin coating of oil, cant see it but can feel it. At the moment Ive only used 50 or so and have tightened my springer groups up at 35yds (all ive shot at) and chrono shows a rise in fps and a decrease in av spread, so all good so far

    This is the first time I ever washed a tin and its an eye opener how much crud is actually washed off, no wonder barrels need a clean

    Chris
     
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    Chrono first....
     
  15. TORNADOS7

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    2 Stroke mix (25-1)...
     
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    32:1 Busy Member

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    My username gives the ratio ;)
     
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    I used to use Rapeseed Oil or Almond Oil either from a small mist spray or on a cloth
    and just roll around the cleaned pellets until evenly lightly coated.
    Both have a high flash point.
     
  18. Tadpole

    Tadpole Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    I use in general H & N FTT & to date have never found the need to 'lube' the results speak for themselves ..
     
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    think you are prob wasting your time.ive tried lots of washing and lubing,and really didnt make any diff
    to accuracy or chrono results .(unless you lube too much,then bang)
     
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    Most new tins of pellets were lightly lubed during manufacture, this would serve as a mould release
    and help slow oxidation, keeping your pellets shiny. I don't use anything nowadays as I use pellets
    "as they come" but FT shooters searching for the "edge" often lubed their favourite pellets with
    a special (to them) lube.
     

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