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Old 03-21-2020, 02:01 PM   #1
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Question Grease or oil the rails of a P320?

Grease or oil the rails of a P320?

I noticed white grease on the rails from the factory.
But the manual states to use CLP/LSA lubricant.

Why is the factory different than the manual?

Should I do what the factory does, and grease the rails?
Maybe knowing why the factory uses grease will help answer that question.

Thanks for the clarity.
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Grease or oil the rails of a P320?



I noticed white grease on the rails from the factory.

But the manual states to use CLP/LSA lubricant.



Why is the factory different than the manual?



Should I do what the factory does, and grease the rails?

Maybe knowing why the factory uses grease will help answer that question.



Thanks for the clarity.
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Grease or oil the rails of a P320?

I noticed white grease on the rails from the factory.
But the manual states to use CLP/LSA lubricant.

Why is the factory different than the manual?

Should I do what the factory does, and grease the rails?
Maybe knowing why the factory uses grease will help answer that question.

Thanks for the clarity.
The white is Lithium Grease.
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I use oil on all my guns.

I apply it on the rails before each range session.

No problems at all.
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Oil is better than nothin' but grease is what you want on the rail grooves/rails.
I use Microlon or Lubriplate 105 assembly lube.
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Oil is better than nothin' but grease is what you want on the rail grooves/rails.
I use Microlon or Lubriplate 105 assembly lube.
Unless the OP lives in a cold climate. Grease on guns in the winter is not anything I would suggest.
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Grease on sliding parts, oil on rotating parts
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I use gun grease on all long bearing surfaces (like slides and rails) and I use oil on all pivot points and pins. A well lubed gun, however you do it, should run well. Only issue for me is that when not in use oil will "run out"... grease tends to stay where you put it.
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Honestly with a high quality, modern striker fired pistol like the P320 either will work. Just don't use too much of either. I personally use oil on almost everything except a M1 garand or AK. That's just me.

With no lube a P320 would still probably be flawless even when dirty...
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I use Strike-Hold on my rails which is both a cleaner and lubricant.
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I've been shooting many years. Until the last few years noone ever said to use grease on the slide rails.
Many/most mfrs still say to use oil.
Not a big deal but I think most shooters use oil.
The ones I know do.
Grease is kind of messy, no matter how much you use.
Bottom line....use what the manual says.
Easy for me to say but it sounds like a lot of people never read the manual.
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With no lube a P320 would still probably be flawless even when dirty...
Agree the 320 is a very forgiving platform. I've read of long term tests of thousands of rounds being fired without cleaning and never missing a beat.

For myself I have an X5 that after cleaning, lubing and adding a full length guide rod and 1911 spring, I shot 500 to 600 rounds without field striping it only wiping down the slide. When I did take it down for a full cleaning I was shocked at how clean it was inside. Note too that I use only high quality ammo no cheap stuff.
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[QUOTE=vulcan;5301556]I've been shooting many years. Until the last few years noone ever said to use grease on the slide rails.
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I've been using gun grease on the rails of my 1911s since the late '70s I was taught this by Gunsmith Hall of Fame member James Clark Sr.. His suggestion for hard use IPSC guns of the day. Still do it old habits are hard to break.... especially the good ones.
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Just keep it lubed

The difference between grease and oil is grease stays put. Oil flows freely. Grease is nothing more than oil with a thickener added. I put grease on rails and triggers. Oil everywhere else.

Synthetic is a safe bet. But don’t overthink this. Just keep the gun clean and lubricated with a good quality product. There are literally hundreds of choices.

You don’t need to pay 20 bucks for a thimble sized bottle of fancy gun oil. It’s all marketing. None of those brands make oil. They buy it in 55 gal drums and repackage it. Any good quality high temp grease or oil will do.

In a pinch... transmission fluid. Or turbine oil.
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