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Synthetic oils are usually ester or polyalphaolefin based.
You get what you pay for, but full synthetics lengthen engine life in my experience.
The family truck doesn’t need Castrol 10W60 racing oil at $16 a quart
The detergents in them will make short work of gunstock finishes.
It will strip carbon off steel and I don’t want it on my guns.
Barricade and Boeing T9 are my long term storage choices.
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Irish lad, Boeing T9 is a new one to me. Is it a gun oil?
 

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Looking to try a new or another lube. For the last 10 months I have been using Lubegard Premium Universal Lubricant.
Ten months is not a long term test but this oil has been working very well.
I like that this oil does not have a strong oder like Balistol or EEZOX.
I've put this oil on the steel and the wood stock too, it has not soften the wood stock.
I would like to see some more people trying this product and reporting back on their experience with it.
I have read the whale oil was a good oil for firearms and if you dig into the Lubegard site and read the story about the "LXE" additive used in this product it sound good being a synthetic whale oil. Thats what sold me on giving it a try.

Here is the URL for this product:
https://www.lubegard.com/products/val/

Below is Lubegards advertising copy for the product:

"LUBEGARD® PREMIUM UNIVERSAL LUBRICANT was originally formulated for the safe assembly and disassembly of transmissions, engines, gear boxes & pumps. It’s also ideal for use as a general all purpose lubricant in thousands of other applications including; automotive, marine, industrial, household, small equipment, recreational, etc."
"This unique product contains LXE® (Liquid Wax Esters) Technology, which allows the product to strongly attach to metal surfaces giving superior lubrication properties. It protects equipment and is non-harmful to the user or environment!"
 

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Irish lad, Boeing T9 is a new one to me. Is it a gun oil?
Phill,
Is was designed for airplanes to keep parts from corrosion in storage and assembly.
It dries and leaves a waxy film which stays put. Doesn’t seem to attract dirt or harm stock finish.
I use it on my garage door rollers as well as guns.
HTH,
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Irish lad, thanks for the response. I like the idea of using it on garage door rollers. One of my son in laws is an aircraft mechanic and I'm going see if he can come up with some. Thanks again.
 

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Rather than having your son lose his job for pilfering some oil it might be a better idea to just buy some of that T-9 protectorate.

Here's a link to Brownell's where you can buy it.

Thanks Zonie, I'm embarrassed by the way I phrased that statement. I would not ask him to walk out with a can or whatever it comes in. I should have said, I would ask him if he knew of it. He makes to much money to ask him to jeopardize his job for a can of lube. I stand corrected. Thanks for the website.

https://www.brownells.com/gun-cleaning-chemicals/oils-lubricants/rust-prevention/boeshield-4-oz-aerosol-sku686900004-9719-24707.aspx?cm_mmc=cse-_-Itwine-_-shopzilla-_-686-900-004&utm_medium=cse&utm_source=connexity&utm_campaign=itwine&utm_content=686-900-004
Zonie, Eutycus, & All, this product must be popular. I found it at Walmart online & Amazon for a bit over $18 for a 12 oz aerosol can.
 
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Years ago when hunting rabbits and or ducks on wet rainy days, I would , the night before, take my Browning A-5 apart and used Butcher's paste wax on all exposed metal parts. I never after 50 years of hunting had spotting from rust. It is a lot cheaper and probably safer than all the wonder oils out there.
 

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I use 3in1 sewing machine oil for external wipe, virgin olive oil for the bores and chambers (cap and balls) 3in1 for locks and bolts other internals. Water pump grease for cylinder arbors. I do check bores a couple of times after cleaning, I use warm water so no flash rust. I will use WD40 on a patch after drying the bores with a flannel patch, then a WD40 patch then olive oil on the wool mop. I would use sperm whale oil on internals if it was still available, as I used it in the distant past.
 

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There's product ( or was) on the shelf that calls itself artificial or synthetic whale oil. Has anyone tried it? If I recall it isn't cheap.I've never tried either, synthetic or real, sperm whale oil. Is there an advantage to it?
 

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I use 3in1 sewing machine oil for external wipe, virgin olive oil for the bores and chambers (cap and balls) 3in1 for locks and bolts other internals. Water pump grease for cylinder arbors. I do check bores a couple of times after cleaning, I use warm water so no flash rust. I will use WD40 on a patch after drying the bores with a flannel patch, then a WD40 patch then olive oil on the wool mop. I would use sperm whale oil on internals if it was still available, as I used it in the distant past.
Who can afford all that stuff you put on your gun. Pick one good oil for all parts inside and out
 

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Thanks for the link. Unless I missed something, 16oz. is their "large" bottle? Question, I found a bottle of T tree oil. It contains the word OIL. Care to guess what I'm thinking?
 

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I believe that Auto transmission oil approximates whale oil, but don't know for sure.
 

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There's product ( or was) on the shelf that calls itself artificial or synthetic whale oil. Has anyone tried it? If I recall it isn't cheap.I've never tried either, synthetic or real, sperm whale oil. Is there an advantage to it?
I've used the stuff that Dixie sold in the late 70's/early 80's labeled synthetic whale oil. Can't say about anything currently labeled as such. It was awful stuff, and thickened in even mildly cold weather (50's) which pure sperm whale oil doesn't due.

I've read on here that Jojoba oil is a substitute- I doubt it. Can't see how a tropical tree oil could compare to an oil from the head of a Sperm Whale any more than a "veggie" burger compares ground beef. I do have shaving soap that has Jojoba oil in it though!

I think a lot of the whale oil talk is do to the myth of the unobtainable. You would have to be at least in your sixties when it was readily sold. Trapping supply houses were the last places I remember seeing it. It is a great lock and barrel oil, but not any better than many other products sold today, and it's not a great patch lube, at least not from the continuous loading/no swabbing perspective.

It can't be sold nowadays, and even possessing a bottle can put you on the fast track to Felonyville.

Frankly, any of the good gun company oils work as advertised, just pick one and go with it. And Ballistol and Hoppe's products have been around more than a hundred years at this point.
 
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