I received several emails from readers asking, “What the best gun oil for shotguns?”
Shotguns are typically easier to lubricate well than rifles and handguns. Shotgun tolerances are bigger than most rifles and handguns making them easier to keep functioning smoothly. Shotgun powder is faster burning which tends to leave less un-burned powder in the barrel and action. Shotguns are much cleaner shooting than rifles and handguns. So lubrication is much easier.
OK…so let’s now talk about gun oils for shotguns. I think a slightly thinner oil works better on shotguns. Something like Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner with DynaGlide Plus and Remington Rem Oil. Thinner oils tend to penetrate and seep into hard to get to areas better than thicker oils and greases. I also like spray can applicators like the Hornady One Shot. It allows you to spray oil into hard to reach areas.
Hornady One Shot Gun Cleaner with Dynaglide Plus is an Extremely slippery gun oil/cleaner. I’ve tested many oils and Hornady One Shot is at the top of the list. I also love the spray can type applicator. You can spray a light coat on shotgun bolts, triggers and the inside of the barrel easily. After you apply One Shot, it will evaporate and leave a super slick dry film (DynaGlide plus) behind. It’s a great product for lubrication.
Remington Rem Oil was a real surprise to me when I did a friction and a wear test with it. I did not expect much from it because it is very cheap and there wasn’t much hype about it like some of the other gun oils. There isn’t any real marketing “push” behind it. But anyway, Rem Oil is AWESOME! It’s very slippery and thin in viscosity. It will keep shotguns functioning smoothly and reduce wear. It comes in a small squirt bottle that is easy to apply to patches or bore snakes. And I do recommend using a bore snake to clean shotguns. It’s SO EASY. And FAST. Here is a link where you can buy gun oils like Hornady One Shot and Rem Oil at a discount….Gun Lubrication products at Amazon.com
Here’s the Hoppe’s Viper Borensake. It makes cleaning shotguns a piece of cake. Want to try a borensake? Here’s a link…Boresnakes at Amazon.com
I’m hearing lots of questions like “What’s the best gun oil for the Glock pistol?”
I currently only have 1 Glock but did have 3 (G17, G21, G22) at one time. I love Glocks!!
I’ve also used a ton of different gun cleaners and gun oils on my Glocks.
So what worked the best?
Here are the gun oils that performed above average and that I would recommend. These oils are very slippery and will reduce metal wear considerably.
- M-Pro 7 Gun Oil LPX
- Hoppe’s No 9 Synthetic Lubricating Oil
- Remington Rem Oil
I have to say that when I tested Rem Oil, I didn’t expect much. It’s been around for a long time and is very cheap. I was however, surprised at how slippery it is. It’s also very thin. But don’t let that make you think it doesn’t lubricate well. It is excellent.
I have performed several lubrication tests with these oils and they are quite impressive. I have also used them on my guns with total satisfaction. If you are interested in buying any of these gun oils, here is link….Gun Lubricants at Amazon.com
A popular question on gun forums seems to be…
“What is the best gun oil for rust prevention?”
What I have found to be the best rust or corrosion preventative is not actually an oil but a CLP. I’ve used and tested many gun oils, gun CLP’s and gun solvents over the past 30 years. I put many gun oils and gun CLP’s through several corrosion tests. I used tool steel and plain water and salt water. The water exposure lasted many days in the Arizona heat. See this test here
Anyway here is the best gun oil or rather best gun CLP for rust prevention….
Froglube CLP out performed every gun oil and gun CLP on the market. Froglube penetrates the pores of metals to form a barrier that is both slippery and resistant to moisture, dirt, fouling, etc. FrogLube CLP is an AWESOME rust preventative and lubricant. Here’s a tip on applying FrogLube that makes it perform even better…
…apply FrogLube CLP on a warm or hot gun. This allows the CLP to penetrate even further into the metal. I used a heat gun to heat up the slide and barrel of my Glock 22 to about 120 degrees. I then applied a very liberal amount of FrogLube and let it soak in until the metal cooled off. Then I applied a lighter coat and then wiped off any excess. If you’re interested in trying some FrogLube CLP, here is a link to buy some online….FrogLube CLP at Amazon.com
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Here is the MOA gun oil (larger one) and gun grease in easy t apply syringes.
Here’s the other components: Gun Conditioning Oil (on the right), Oil and Grease Remover, cotton tip applicators, nylon general purpose brush and gun cleaning rags.
If you want to store firearms for longer than a few months then you might want to protect them with something better than ordinary oil or grease. Cosmoline used to be the standard for long term protection but it’s not the best. Otis has something better…..LTP or Long Term Firearm Protectant.
Otis LTP will displace moisture and prevent corrosion for up to 12 months. It leaves a thin waxy like film that forms a barrier against the elements. This is perfect for end of season firearm storage prep. Spray it on and store. Protect your firearms properly and they will function flawlessly every season. Get a can of LTP here….Otis LTP Long Term Firearm Protectant at Amazon.com
I am testing gun oils for friction reduction via an incline plane/sled setup. It’s a simple setup involving a 24″ long by 4″ wide 6061 T6 bar that has been filed true and polished to 400 grit. The sled is 1″ thick by 2″ wide and 4″ in length of the same material.
You can see/read more at this link….Friction Test Setup Post.
Anyway I wanted to list the results in order of friction reduction or the Best First. Here are 9 gun oils/lubricants that I tested so far. There are more to come.
- FrogLube CLP – 10.36 degrees
- Archoil AR4200 – 10.6 degrees
- FireClean Gun Oil – 10.77 degrees
- Ballistol – 11.36 degrees
- Break Free CLP – 11.9 degrees
- M-Pro7 Gun Oil LPX – 12.8 degrees
- Rem Oil – 13.5 degrees
- Otis Bio CLP – 13.77 degree
- Bare Metal (no lubricant) – 15 degrees
- WD-40 – 15.8 degrees