How Are You Lubing Your C&B Revolvers?

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  1. May 12, 2019 #1

    DevilsLuck

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    I was wondering what you more experienced folks are using for lubing your revolvers. I’ve tried a few different things, and the only real difference I’ve noticed; is when it comes to cleaning. After the fun is over...
    Long term effectiveness has yet to be determined by me, because I just started.
    So... I’d like to hear what you folks use, and why.
     
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    Tom A Hawk

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    I grease the arbor with petroleum jelly and the bullets with SPG.
     
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    I use white lithium grease on the nipple threads and the arbor and Rem Oil on the other parts. It all gets cleaned off and renewed after each session anyway. If the gun has been stored for a long time, more than six months, I'll replace the grease before shooting.

    Jeff
     
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    I started with white lithium on the arbor, and rem oil on the rest. Then I tried Bore butter in place of the lithium. Seemed similar between the two as far as clean up went. Not sure about the lubrication, or protective property difference. Then I switched to my old throw back. Non detergent synthetic motor oil. For all parts. I noticed the majority of clean up was accomplished with simply wiping off the gunk, and grime. Then a cleaning as usual. Which went much more quickly. Do y’all find that greasing the arbor is truly necessary? Is there that much wear, and stress being put on the arbor by cycling the cylinder, that not using “grease” will wear the gun out?
     
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    What is “SPG”?
     
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    The grease on the cylinder arbor is there more as something to keep the fouling from the powder from binding up the cylinder more than it's there to lube the shaft.

    If your shooting a Colt type, you will notice the arbor has a series of grooves in it that are meant to be packed with grease to do this job.

    Remington's small arbor doesn't lend itself to having grooves in it so they don't have that feature. It is still a good idea to grease the Remington's arbor rather than oiling it because even a small amount of grease can serve as a protective dam against the fouling.
     
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    A while back I was introduced to packing the innerds plumb full of synthetic grease.
     
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    Agree with Zonie on this. The grease forms a dam and keeps the BP fouling from getting between the cylinder and arbor. Last week I was at a club range getting ready for a weekend match that uses military weapons from the last century. I brought along my Uberti Walker to play with. After letting go a cylinder of RBs over 50 grains of fff Swiss I attracted some attention from a couple of club members. Quick summary, left the house with 50 balls. Came home with none. Other club members each got a chance to shoot a full cylinder or so. Did a quick spray and wipe of the cylinder face before each reload with a water and Ballistol mix, but nothing more. No missfires, no jamb ups, 50 shots with no problems. Lub between cylinder and arbor was a lithium based grease intended for the stamping die industry. Have tried Bore Butter in the past, but found it melted from the heat of sitting in the sun. Stuff I was using had a 500F drip point.

    I apply a small amount of grease to the front of the cylinder inside diameter. If applied to the arbor it gets pushed back into the frame. Can make a mess. For reference, here are some photos.

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