Welcome to Southwest Firearms
Join our community, sign up for free today!
Sign Up

Lubrication of the firing spring?

Messages
1,065
Reactions
963
The firing spring in my bolt-action rifle is only slightly less dry than the lowest point in Death Valley. What type of lubricant is best to apply to it? I have RemOil in a spray and blue high-pressure grease. I don't run dozens of rounds per minute through the rifle , so I'm not overly worried about excessive friction galling the steel of the firing pin itself. What's your opinion about with what to lubricate the spring? Thanks.
 
Messages
498
Reactions
941
I normally run them dry, depending on the type of Bolt action, this is almost a requirement! ANY Mauser type should be dry, with only a drop of grease/never seize on the firing pin at the bolt face! Remington 700's and like should use a dry type lube, and Savage needs a light grease/never size under the bolt head and a tiny bit on the firing pin at the bolt face only!

Hint, If the bottom of the bolt body is hollowed out like a Mauser 98, then it's meant to run dry, it's a design function for safety, if you get a case head separation, the gasses will escape through the bolt body and out the bottom as well as the "Hatcher Hole" and all Winchester and Rugers use this feature as well! Interestingly, the 1903 Springfield does not, relying solely on the Hatcher hole for safety!
 
OP
nvshooter
Messages
1,065
Reactions
963
If the bottom of the bolt body is hollowed-out like a Mauser 98, then it's meant to run dry. . .
I think the underside of the bolt does have long, oblong openings in it. I'm too lazy and too lacking in ambition to get the rifle out of its 60-inch aluminum case to look at it...
 
OP
nvshooter
Messages
1,065
Reactions
963
I think the underside of the bolt does have long, oblong openings in it.
I was wrong; had it confused with the underside of the bolt in my M700. The underside of the bolt in my target rifle has no openings. I guess it will need a spritz or two of dry lube...
 
Messages
15
Reactions
14
For me......

I'm not really thinking lube so much as I'm thinking of rust issues. Yup....ever seen those rusty springs? So, ok then, light coating of oil or grease should do it. Even for those firearms where there is no firing pin spring. Just apply a light coat and I'm GTG.

As for those times when it's hard to actually get at a firing pin without punches and stuff? Well, I've been known to use a spray lubricant.

Warning. Some lubricants can congeal and turn things into a gooey mess. Don't ask me how I know. Suffice it to say that I don't use WD-40 for that purpose anymore.

Aloha, Mark
 
Messages
4
Reactions
5
Pine tree sap would do a real number, once it set up you'd have a heck of a job getting it out of your bolt, never to fire again till the WD-40 was used as a solvent anyway. Works a charm for that and the glue left behind from tape and price stickers from your local store!
I use WD-40 to safely remove dried on pine sap from just about anything!
Gabby
 
Messages
70
Reactions
39
The firing spring in my bolt-action rifle is only slightly less dry than the lowest point in Death Valley. What type of lubricant is best to apply to it? I have RemOil in a spray and blue high-pressure grease. I don't run dozens of rounds per minute through the rifle , so I'm not overly worried about excessive friction galling the steel of the firing pin itself. What's your opinion about with what to lubricate the spring? Thanks.
Remington Dry Lube. You do NOT want oil attracting debris inside a bolt, so a dry, silicone lube is perfect.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Crossroads of the West Gun Show
Dixie Center
1835 S Convention Center Dr, St. George, UT 84790, USA
Crossroads of the West Gun Show
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA
Crossroads of the West Gun Show
Pima County Fair
11300 S Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ 85747, USA

NEW CLASSIFIED ADS

LATEST REVIEWS

  • Murphy's Guns and Gunsmithing
    5.00 star(s)
    When I go in I usually will watch and listen to employees before I choose which one to talk to...
    • Gunsandgars
  • Murphy's Guns and Gunsmithing
    4.00 star(s)
    I have purchased new and used from them. I was lucky a while back and they had a Armalite AR10A...
    • Belevolk
  • Bruno Shooter Supply
    5.00 star(s)
    Not really a gun store per se, although they do have a couple rifles there for sale, but Bruno...
    • wildcat455
  • Ammo AZ
    5.00 star(s)
    Great place,awesome staff and customer service. Have personally done business with them numerous...
    • Tecj68
  • AJI Sporting Goods
    5.00 star(s)
    I have purchased a couple of firearms from AJI. They have a good balance of tactical and other...
    • 1971Chevelle