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  Posted by: terrellfamily8 on May-09-12 12:49 PM (EST)

Wd40 is not safe to use on ammo.
It is a great cleaner and penetrates into small spaces. It is that very feature that causes problems. It can penitrate the primer and causes the round not to fire. Or worse a "squib" where a bullet fires, but without sufficient power to clear barrel. So you are left with a club.
Better to use a silicone impregnated cleaning cloth. And run a patch down barrel.

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  • WD40 - terrellfamily8 - May-09-12 12:49 PM
    • WD-40 - cliffjacobson - May-09-12 10:38 PM
      • WD40 - terrellfamily8 - May-10-12 1:34 AM
    • Run a patch - cliffjacobson - May-09-12 10:48 PM
    • wd40 - walli - May-10-12 8:27 AM

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  Posted by: cliffjacobson on May-09-12 10:38 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: May-09-12 10:41 PM EST --

I have not recommended cleaning the gun with WD-40; just as a wipe on the surface. I might add that WD-40 has been successfully used to maintain M16 combat rifles. ANY oil that gets on a primer or into a cartridge case may cause a malfunction so it doesn't matter if it's WD-40 or something else. There should be no "loose lubricant" in a rifle barrel or action. Sealing the cartridge as I've described eliminates problems. When I was on the U.S. Army National Match Rifle team in the 1960's, we lubricated our match rifles with motor oil. Really, motor oil. About then, a synthetic oil called "Anderol" was developed and some of us switched to that. The .45 pistol shooters literally squirted it onto the slide so that it dripped off. The procedure kept those tight slides cycling. The type of lubricant simply isn't problematic. Having an over-lubricated gun,is. I've had less than a dozen missfires in nearly half a million rounds fired in small and big bore competition and my rifles were lubricated with everything from 3 in 1 oil to motor oil to now, the newest synthetics. The missfires I've had were never due to lubricants; they were the result of light primer strikes/bad firing springs or badly loaded ammo. It's not a big deal, really--that is, if you use some sense.

  Posted by: terrellfamily8 on May-10-12 1:34 AM (EST)

I agree with you
I have experienced the primer issue and had a squib.
Research taught me about the contamination of primer so now I keep wd40 away from ammo.
I like your article.

  Run a patch
  Posted by: cliffjacobson on May-09-12 10:48 PM (EST)
Of course one should "run a patch down the barrel". I would never consider squirting WD-40 or any other lubricant directly down a barrel.Do that and you're asking for problems. WD-40 on a cotton patch, pushed through the barrel, followed by a dry patch is just fine.One should always follow with a dry patch if the gun will be shot before it's again cleaned. A wet patch is used only when the weapon will be stored. Even then, you need to be careful because "loose lube" can run into the action, the wood stock, etc. Of course, if you have a special firearms lube along on your canoe trip--and most people don't--go for it. I suggested WD-40 simply because it comes in a tiny spray can and is useful to keep saw blades and axe heads from rusting and to free frozen stove parts, bolts on canoes etc.
  Posted by: walli on May-10-12 8:27 AM (EST)
wd 40 does have it's shortcomings though they are few,one of the precautions that most dont take is that the walls of the magazine tube in your weapon should not be "sweating" of lubricant. it will,at the worst possible time cause a problem. a good wipethru with a mop will take out the excess. personal favs. for this situation are Ballistol or Lehigh/Shenandoah Valley Lube. they are "carrier" lubes and leave a residue that doesn't run.
My "rainyday" win 94 trapper gets a liberal coat of LV lube inside and out,stand it in a corner to dry (muzzle down) for 1 day and you're good to go.


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