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Do you oil the inside of your barrel?

This is a discussion on Do you oil the inside of your barrel? within the Handgun Maintenance, Cleaning and Gunsmithing forums, part of the Handguns category; So I'm at a local gun shop to re-up on some #9 and I noticed that theres a #9 for ...

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    Default Do you oil the inside of your barrel?

    So I'm at a local gun shop to re-up on some #9 and I noticed that theres a #9 for Semi's!. I don't know if it's new or just new to the shop but I've never seen it before. It's in a blueish bottle not orange like most Hoppes stuff.I took a quick look on the back and you use it like any other solvent but then says to run an oil patch down the barrel to prevent rust. I was always taught not to oil the inside, but on say my Glock I use Ballistol since it's a CLP type product you are oiling the inside just by cleaning with it. SO does anybody out there using a Cleaner/Solvent/Oil combo oil the inside of the barrel?

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    You half to put something on the inside of the barrel of any firearm (or any exposed steel surface for that matter) to prevent rust.

    The only case I know were this is not done is in target shooting because the extra oil in the barrel will burn during the 1st shot fired causing the 1st shot to be a teeny weeny little bit high. In a self defense or hunting application it's not enough to matter. But: a really good target shooter might lose a point because of the extra millimeter. So they don't oil their barrel after the last practice before the match.

    When oiling any pistol: "less is better." I don't recommend a lot of oil unless the pistol is to be placed in storage.

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    I've heard the same, only oil if putting away for storage. I would think if you're using your gun on any regular basis and cleaning it accordingly, oiling the inside of the barrel would be unncessary anyway.

    Anyhow, I don't use oil in my barrel and it works for me.

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    Yes I run a damp patch down the bore after cleaning. I may go a little heavier on the dampness depending on how long the gun will be stored. If I want to have it ready to shoot I'd use a patch with very little oil or do 1 wipe with a dry patch afterwards.

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    I think a little oil is fine, and running a dry patch through it will still leave a small amount of oil on the inside of the barrel.

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    I always spray a patch with something like Rem Oil and run it through the barrel after cleaning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snatale42 View Post
    I was always taught not to oil the inside...
    Who taught you that?

    After you've finished cleaning, run an oil patch through the barrel followed by a single-layer dry patch. That'll leave a very thin film of oil to protect the metal but not enough to cause dirt or excessive lint to collect and first-round accuracy will not be affected.

    Standard practice for military cops as well.


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    I don't specifically oil it, I clean with Breakfree CLP which has a lubricant/preservative included. I do not think any extra oil is necessary for the barrel?

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    I'm of the same mind set that a thin coat of oil or Break Free CLP is good practice for the inside of the barrel. I have a fluffy cotton bore brush that I run through after de-fouling. The brush is never saturated, but always has a small amount of the CLP on it. I even use it in the cylinders on my revolvers. Don't forget to tear down your magazines and add a light coat on the inside. It helps with feeding and prevent rust where springs and ramps rub.

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    I always oil the inside of the barrel after cleaning, and then run a dry patch through it. In 40+ years of doing it this way, I never had a problem or rust in my barrel.

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