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    Whats your favorite Bolt Lube?

    On my rifle with a Batt Action the bolt clearance is pretty tight. The bolt easily gets draggy and feels like crap. So I have been experimenting with lubes. I know I want to keep an extreme pressure grease on the lugs to avoid galling, but what do you guys use on the raceways or bolt exterior to make it glide smoothly. Needs to be something that does not attract so much dust maybe? Seems dust and oil make it worse.

    Ideas or proven lubes appreciated.

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    Tagging in. I've actually had great results using Gunzilla as a bolt lube and it attracts far less dust than traditional oils but I don't think it's the solution you need for your scenario.

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    Don't know of many lubes that would not attract dust. Here's a crazy idea, try spraying some one shot case lube on the bolt, let it dry and give her a spin.
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    Good ideas, I just cleaned the races and bolt then applied the extreme pressure lube the bolt lugs. Then wiped the bolt and inner action rails down with lighter fluid. We use the lighter fluid to clean triggers as it is suppose to leave a dry film and not attract dust. I will see how this works and report back. I like the idea of "One Stuck" Franklin good thinking!! Might give that a go too. Also wondering about possible figuring out a way to HBN coat the bolt, but not sure how that could be done yet.

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    As a more permanent solution you could have the bolt and action Melonited.

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    I like to use Militec-1. A hold over from my pistol maintenance.

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    For the past year or so I've been using KG-11 Moly grease on the back of the lugs, cam and cocking piece. But only at the extreme pressure points. For the rest of the bolt assembly, the entire bolt body, spring and pin, and inner raceways of the receiver, and shroud, I apply KG-10 Dry film moly.

    The thinking behind this combination is the pressure points are lubed with a good grease but, not so much as to create a dirt magnet. The dry film handles the lighter load points without retaining dirt and grit. The dry film certainly improves the 'slick' feel of the bolt in a 700 receiver without making it feel gummy. I also dry lube treat the follower, mag box and feed ramp in my 700 receivers. Though I single load most of the time, this makes feeding issues disappear - works wonders on a 1911 too..

    Additionally, and this is strictly my opinion - nothing tested, lubing the inner working of the bolt with the moly dry lube seems to give it a more positive strike when dry firing. And if so, the strike when live firing must be equally firm since the friction of the spring coils/inner bolt body are not robbing momentum; a pet peeve of mine since a foray into aftermarket firing pins with less than satisfactory results a few years back.

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    Pete I think we are definitely on the same track here. I will look into some of this KG dry lube for the bolt body and inner action races.

    Jeff

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    Should add: found that most of these products work best when everything is spotlessly clean before the first application. Cannot emphasize spotlessly clean enough. I got lazy the first time out and just wiped the bolt with a clean rag, applied and it didn't last too long. Clean the parts with brake cleaner, acetone or toluene/xylene. Just keep these solvents far away from paint and epoxy, especially the last two, as they will soften and dissolve paint, epoxy and some plastics.

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    I keep acetone under the bench and use it to clean a lot.

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