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Anyone else use graphite lube for their shotgun??

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When the temps drop my shotgun doesn't exactly snap back very fast after kicking the shells out. I remember years ago a guy told me about graphite. So I took the gun completely apart, and scubbed it down. Dried it, then applied graphite. Then I set it outside of my doorstep (0 degrees) for an hour and it cycled like a dream.

This is almost like a mircle drug, but is there a downside to using graphite lube for a shotgun?

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Yes Rost there is one downside to graphite lubes, they are not the best rust inhibitors. Remington Drilube with teflon is water resitant and works as well as graphite, but still isn't that good at rust prevention. Use the graphite or drilube on moving parts but give the exterior a good lite wipe down with some gun oil.

One other advantage of the dry lubes is they don't collect the grit and grime that oil does, the action stays a lot cleaner.

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I use LPS-1 which is another dry lube on the actions. Rust inhibitors they are not, but you hit the nail right on the head with cold and with dirt collection. The dry lubes are the way to go when using them. Store them with some rust preventer...

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Also ensure you thoroughly clean your weapon when done using or it can cause metal deterioration with prolonged buildup. We used graphite in the great sandbox overseas and it works just more maitenance is required.

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I use Greased Lightning made by Break Free- this is the stuff the US military uses, and ive never had a problem with my benelli using it yet, cold, dust, mud, just keeps on cycling.

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I would tend to stay away from products containing teflon in cold weather, I was told the teflon can expand and make shell cycling more difficult.

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Is that the stuff Clark Griswald sprayed on the bottom of his sled? If so, I better go buy some grin.gif

I will try the graphite and see how it works.

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I played around with using graphite years ago, and while it does work, its kinda messy and you really need to keep an eye out for moisture - absolutely no protection whatsoever with graphite.

I would go with the Breakfree CLP. Comes in a black can with yellow lettering, and really performs well in subzero temps, while providing excellent protection. Its pretty much all I use on my old Model 1100, and haven't had any problems since making the switch. I use that gun for deer hunting, so its been tested in some pretty extreme conditions.

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i think breakfree is what ol' clark griswald used laugh.gif

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