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SIG 516 - Oiling the Piston System

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Old 02-24-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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SIG 516 - Oiling the Piston System

I'm soon about to get a SIG516 Gen2 and I am still collecting some final info before I get it. For now, there seem to be 2 major concers for me about the rifle. First is the ammo type that should be used, but it is being discussed in an other thread.
The second is cleaning and oiling the gun, especially the piston system. After doing some research for a week or so, I noticed some opinions that the gun should not be oiled in the area of the piston as it can cause some unwanted glitches or maybe even damage to the weapon.
I would like to hear your opinions about this matter, cause I really need to know what should I do after I get the 516.

Also, the ammo problem I have is with chosing the right type - .223 or 5.56, 55gr or 62gr. Heard that the gas valve on adverse setting won't cause any damage to the weapon (even after longer periods) if it's used with 55gr ammo or lower. Or maybe it's with .223 overall, I don't know. Some people say that the rifle doesn't work properly with .223 55gr and some people don't - I am really confused.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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Here's some very helpful info.,

The Gun Zone -- SAAMI on 5.56 v. .223 Remington

I use grease on the areas where metel to metel rubs, oil on everything else (like the piston group).

I follow what the owner's manual instructs.

I shoot only 5.56 mm ammo, so far absolutely no problems. It's also a tack driver @100 yds.

Hope this helps.

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Old 02-24-2013, 04:57 PM   #3
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I've lightly oiled my pistons on any piston equipped rifle and had excellent results. Easier to clean as well. I do clean after every outing though so I can't say this is good practice if a rifle needs to shoot for an extended amount of time or a great many rounds without cleaning. I have never tried either condition with my rifles.
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