Oil And Lubricants For Your Gun In Various Temperature And Weather Conditions

When you are a gun owner, it's important to take good care of your weapon. From cleaning your weapon on a regular basis to using the right oil and lubricants for the conditions you are facing, you need to know how to care for your gun in order for it to work properly. If you are an avid hunter, or you need to have a gun in excellent working order for your job, understanding which type of products to use in all kinds of weather is important.

39 Degrees Fahrenheit and Below

While most oil and lubricants work great when the temperature is between 40 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, greater demands are placed on the products when the temperature dips below 40. As the temperature decreases, the thickness of the oil or lubricant will increase. When the lubricant used on your firearm becomes thicker, this means that your weapon will have to expend more energy in order to function properly. If this energy is not available, your firearm won't work correctly. You will need to use a firearm lubricant that will work with your gun in cold weather, and you can test this out by placing lubricant in the freezer.

If the lubricant remains at a similar thickness after it has been placed in the freezer, you can use this lubricant in cold weather conditions without risking a weapon malfunction. If the lubricant becomes thicker from being placed in the freezer, it's time to test out another lubricant. You need to find a product that isn't going to get too thick when it gets cold, and this is best done by testing the product yourself with your freezer.  

When the Temperature Rises

While you aren't going to have to deal with any lubricant that becomes too thick when the weather gets hot, you do have to worry about lubricant that evaporates under hot weather conditions. If you are going to test lubricants for evaporation under very hot conditions, you must have a heat source that can be measured and does not have a flame or elements that get red when hot. Most people find that a grease is better suited than an oil when the weather gets above 86 degrees, and this will keep your gun running smoothly.

Wet weather and dry, dusty weather both impact your weapon as well. Whenever possible, protect your firearm from the elements. If you must use your firearm during these conditions, clean your weapon quickly after you use it to ensure proper working order.