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Please can someone clear up the silicone debate!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by mx5er, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. mx5er

    mx5er Posting Addict

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    I was talking to the missus's nephew today about airguns.... I mentioned that I always wipe down the entire rifle (metal and wood) with a cloth damped with silicone gun oil. He phreaked out and said that I am destroying my guns?!?! Is this true?

    I know silicon gun oil is crap as a lubricant, but I thought as a protection - it was pretty good, and certainly wouldn't wreck the gun???

    I used this type of oil years ago and it kept my old BSA immaculate and 'as new' for around 5 years.

    Any opinions guys? I'm stressed now that I'm damaging my S200!

    Cheers
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  2. mattyts

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    I was going to rub my gun down with a silicone cloth until I read the cloth bag and it said it may remove bluing.
     
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    I used one of those silicone cloths for about 3 years, my rifle looks like it's just out the box!!

    only changed to ballestol because the cloth eventually dried out, but now use the same cloth with ballistol:)

    Matty, you are rubbing to hard;)
     
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    I didn't try it at all :p stuck with Ballistol,it does the job just as good as anything else ;)
     
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    I use a silicone treated cloth on my rifles and I've had no issues.
     
  6. mx5er

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    That's what I thought... but I'm paranoid now lol

    I found this on ebay "Ballistol 50ml Universal Lubrication Oil Maintenance Shooting Fishing DIY", is this the stuff that lots of people use? And if so, is it ok to wipe over the wood?

    Sorry but I've been away from airguns for a long time :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes and yes ;)
     
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    Time to chuck a fiver at the 'bay then :up:
     
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    You might need more than a fiver.......I bought the 50ml bottle and it has been used for everything. Excellent stuff. If they would sit still for long enough I would do the dogs as well. I will need more soon!

    Brian
     
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    100ml bottle it is then Brian! :D
     
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    500 ml already en route. Only problem I have now....what do I do with all my silicone oil ?? ;)
     
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    When I read the "Silicone debate" in the title I thought huh, what has that got to do with Airguns? :eek: Thought for a moment I was somehow reading the wrong forum lol.

    I haven't rubbed anything over my rifle since I bought it about 7 weeks ago and I've been out with it loads of times, sometimes in the rain too. I guess this is not a good idea and I'd better give it a clean then eh? :D
     
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    3 in 1 oil for everything, wiping down, triggers, woodwork to clean it. Finish with with furniture polish if you're paranoid. Moly grease for the internals. Avoid red rubber grease because it contains pyrogenic silica which is an abrasive.
    Ballistol is good, even on cuts but bloody expensive.
     
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    I can always find something else I need from Uttings to soften the postage. £9.99 is not bad for 500ml

    Brian
     
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    I personally wouldn't put silicone oil or grease anywhere near my guns, especially on any moving parts.

    Many wipe their guns down with silicone oil and say all is ok but, that's up to them, i certainly wouldn't use it after seeing the damage it can do.

    Ben Taylor once did an in depth review of his findings with silicone oil and guns, it certainly put me off ever using it :down:
     
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    Used it for years as a wipe down no issues whatsoever however, I wouldn't wipe down the breach area or any other moving parts I now use balistol
     
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    Try polishing your car with Ballistol........fantastic finish and when it rain its amazing better than any wax
     
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    I've been using an 'Abbey' silicone cloth - seems like effective protection for my rifle. :up:
     
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    Shame on you Andy! you should always wipe your gun over with an oily cloth after you've used it,especially the metalwork to stop the moisture in your hands damaging the bluing(rusting).
     
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    I stand in shame for my laziness :redface: and will give it a thorough clean as soon as I can :facepalm:

    :D
     

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