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Postby getvicious » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:09 pm

Here's some info on Vaseline.

Taken from the Vaseline Material Safety Data Sheet
http://www.bme.mcgill.ca/REKLAB/manual/MSDS/Materials%20List/petroleum_jelly.pdf

Melting Point: 100 degrees F
Boiling Point: 650 degrees F
Solubility in water: insoluble
Flash Point: 400 degrees F
Extinguishing Media: Use dry chemical, foam or carbon dioxide.

Flash point is defined by the MSDS HyperGlossary as: the lowest temperature at which a liquid can form an ignitable mixture in air near the surface of the liquid. The lower the flash point, the easier it is to ignite the material.
http://www.ilpi.com/msds/ref/flashpoint.html

So, it liquifies easily, has a pretty high flash point, is slippery but not like good bearing or gun grease and is not dangerous or unhealthy to handle in normal usage amounts.

Sounds safe to use as gun grease but may not be as effective as grease intended for that usage. Certainly better than nothing as a field expedient lubricant when better (specifically designed) grease is not available.

Lighting a fire with Vaseline? Sure. Smear some Vaseline onto cotton balls and place them into a zip-lock bag in your Bug Out Bag or Get Home Bag. Work well to start a fire or use alone to heat up soup or water. One Vaseline coated cotton ball will burn for several minutes. Not really good to cook over but can heat up a small amount of water or start a fire pretty well. Need a match or lighter to light the Vaseline cotton ball. I've tried using a flint rod and steel but it doesn't make enough sparks to reach the flash point (at least in my experience).
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby jcwit » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:49 pm

Most any petroleum oil or grease will work in a pinch, I've in the distant past used drippings from a dip stick & it worked well.

Remember that in times gone by, whale oil/sperm oil was used as well as pig fat, bear fat, olive oil and many other "all natural" products.

I still have a 1/2 pint of sperm oil I purchased from Brownell's back in the 50's/60's.
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby getvicious » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:02 pm

I've purchased a 16 ounce tub of Lucas Red "N" Tacky #2 Grease after hearing good things about it. It cost about $6.00 ($.50 per ounce) compared to about $12 for 10ml (about .338 ounces) from my LGS ($35.50 per ounce). The tub is nice because the lid screws on and it's all plastic.

I've also seen recipes for making gun oil from motor oil (like Mobil 1). I came across this site with lots of recipes for different lubes and cleaners.
http://www.frfrogspad.com/homemade.htm

I remember seeing a recipe for Mobil 1 and powdered graphite but can't find it right now.

Here's another site with recipes:
http://www.greatnorthernprepper.com/homemade-gun-lubricant/

Mobil 1 alone as gun oil:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=271x1301
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby PattonWasRight » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:46 pm

Brake caliper grease ... handles high heat and is waterproof.

One of those little packets at the Pep Boys or Autozone check out will last you a year.

Key thing with any grease used on a gun ... you're applying a very, very thin film, that's it. Put a dot of it on then slide / wipe it off with your finger.
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby SafetyJoe » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:31 am

I use vasaline mixed with candle wax as a bullet lube for my cast lead bullets. If you think it's too runny in hot weather just mix it with some wax over a double boiler.
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby Pony Soldier » Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:11 pm

Has anyone tried chain saw sprocket grease. That must have a high temperature breakdown tolerance considering the RPM's and heat generated. Anybody?
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby jcwit » Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:41 pm

When & where I need grease for a firearm I used Brian Enos Slide Glide, I now use Lucas Oil Red & Tacky grease, I can't really tell the difference.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/luca ... /7070036-P
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby GoesBang » Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:20 pm

Pony Soldier wrote:Has anyone tried chain saw sprocket grease. That must have a high temperature breakdown tolerance considering the RPM's and heat generated. Anybody?


The sprocket grease I used in the past looked like peanut butter.
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby sccytoter » Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:58 pm

I'll stick with my RemOil and CLP. I would imagine almost anything would "do" in a pinch, but you could also end up with more problems than what it's worth.
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Re: Vaseline & other non-gun specific lubricants

Postby mikeMAGNUM » Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:30 am

Hello All,
I'm waaay Ole School and deffinately behind the curve of "modern marvels" but I thought this link provided some interesting info.JMHO YMMV
http://www.grantcunningham.com/lubricants101.html
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