Curiosity about lubricating a Kimber - Kimber Forum

Kimber


Go Back   Kimber Forum > Kimber Forum Discussions > Gunsmith

Like Tree47Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-03-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Nubs0311's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 9
Curiosity about lubricating a Kimber

I am curious as to see who uses grease on their Kimber 1911s. I use gun grease on all my firearms, including my Springfield TRP Operator. Never had a problem with any of them. However, I do like to read through the owner's manual of every gun I purchase and Kimber says to use only high-quality oil, no grease. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
__________________
"You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are."
Father Kevin Keaney
1st Marine Division Chaplain
Korean War
Nubs0311 is offline   Reply With Quote
Remove Ads
Old 05-03-2016, 10:24 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Albert.Cairns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 1,855
Been using Hoppe's gun oil since the 60's when Dad first let me start shooting. My Grandfathers guns still all function fine and show very little wear. Never use grease. Not that it will happen but could get in the internals and gum up the works.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
glokrok likes this.
Albert.Cairns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Cybercycle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Middle TN
Posts: 1,536
Originally Posted by Nubs0311 View Post
I am curious as to see who uses grease on their Kimber 1911s. I use gun grease on all my firearms, including my Springfield TRP Operator. Never had a problem with any of them. However, I do like to read through the owner's manual of every gun I purchase and Kimber says to use only high-quality oil, no grease. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
No grease on my Kimbers...FP-10 does the job for me and my Kimbers as well some other firearms in my safe.
meschweitzer and RugerLuger like this.
__________________
US Air Force 1969 - 1972
Tennessee HCP
NRA Member
OGCA - Life Member
Cybercycle is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 05-03-2016, 10:52 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 2,363
I started using the Breakthrough high purity oil several months ago, had always used Hoppes. The new stuff is thinner and I think it works better for the Micro. For my Pro I don't think it would make a difference. As the manual says no grease, I haven't gone there.
cousinmark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 10:52 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Hoffbrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Central California
Posts: 2,897
CLP and Hoppes for me, never any problems
glokrok likes this.
__________________
NRA Life Member
USCCA


Always be ready - 5.11
Hoffbrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 10:58 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
2sharp2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Chattanooga
Posts: 11,228
Never used grease on anything but my car. Hoppe's #9 and BreakFree CLP for a very, very long time.

The Stainless Raptor Ultra I bought used from a KT member had been FrogLubed, it felt really smooth racking the slide by hand. Problem was I didn't have any Froglube so I added CLP then shot the crap out of it with no issues.
__________________
The Kimber Family

CDP & RCP Ultra's
Classic Carry Pro (Factory Bone Grips)
Custom Two-Tone 45/.460Rowland
Gold Combat Limited Edition
Master Carry Pro
Sapphire Ultra 9mm
SIS Custom, Pro, Ultra
Stainless Ultra Carry 9mm
Stainless Raptor Custom, Pro, Ultra
Super Carry Ultra Plus
TLE Pro (TFS)

84M Longmaster Classic SS .308
SVT 22lr Stainless Fluted Bull Barrel
Kimber Of America 82 Stainless Fluted .22lr
84M Varmint Stainless 204 Ruger
2sharp2 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 11:15 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
fifthgear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Texas. Houston.
Posts: 256
Originally Posted by Nubs0311 View Post
I am curious as to see who uses grease on their Kimber 1911s. I use gun grease on all my firearms, including my Springfield TRP Operator. Never had a problem with any of them. However, I do like to read through the owner's manual of every gun I purchase and Kimber says to use only high-quality oil, no grease. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
You have to look at 1911s in general and then Kimber specifically to help understand that question. I'll give you my opinion.

Kimbers are tight fitting. Compared to some other non 1911 guns very tight and in some cases and even very tight compared to other 1911s. That tightness has helped with me personally never ever hearing of anyone saying a Kimber is not accurate.

But Kimber is a mass production gun. There are variances from gun to gun. The main resistance or friction on a 1911 is not the tight slide rails. Even the tightest slide rails takes virtually no amount of force to slide maybe measured in less than an ounce compared to many pounds of recoil spring. Sure they will wear and need lubrication being metal against metal but that's not a major concern. The most resistance is in chambering a round (stripping a bullet from magazine and loading into chamber) and barrel fitment causing most of the friction of the slide in various places and locking lugs. The reason that Kimber recommends 500 round break-in is because instead of spending countless hours with a very very skilled gunsmith properly fitting the barrel they get it close and tight and just shooting it will wear it in to where less resistance (friction) will occur and it becomes much smoother. A properly smith'd barrel would not require a 500 round break-in but the cost would be enormous and that is not the market that Kimber targets. Many are so close to a great fit, although tight, that they are great running from day one out of the box. But I have found to keep it shooting more reliably before that smooth barrel operation a few more pounds on the recoil spring helps along with polished feed ramp and chamber.

Because a Kimber is built so tight it makes one decide with a new Kimber with a dragging barrel what is best...to slick it up to help it be more reliable before it has worn in the friction spots or put up with some failures for it to be able to wear in faster with metal scraping. Most choose slicker than snot. For a range gun fired little and cleaned often I think a light film of grease is less of a mess, easier to apply, and does a great job. On the other hand if the pistol is a carry/field gun and exposed to lots of dirt, grime, lent, burnt powder, etc the tightness of a Kimber will collect debris on the stickier grease and cause friction or gum up which is not so good.

As a recap I think that either light grease or oil works fine on a broken in smooth shooting Kimber. Grease and dirt don't get along in tight fitting guns but short term works very well. Just my opinion and I am wearing flame retardant coveralls.

Last edited by fifthgear; 05-03-2016 at 12:37 PM. Reason: added "rails" for clarification
fifthgear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 01:34 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,587
My manual says no grease,so I don't use it.I lube all metal to metal surfaces with Gunslick Ultra-Lube gun oil.I've never,ever had a problem with my SCCHD.
MPO Southy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 03:09 PM   #9
Super Moderator
 
Chuck43's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 32,685
I run Shooters Choice FP-10 or Pro-Shot Zero Friction on all my guns. Once my carry guns are well shot in (1000+ rounds) I use Brian Enos Slide Glide on the rails of them. I find that the grease stays in place better then oil when a gun is sitting in a holster 16 hours a day 7 days a week. I've never had a single problem running grease on my Kimbers.
Marshall and fifthgear like this.
__________________
WE DON'T SHOOT TO KILL, WE SHOOT TO SAVE A LIFE.
Chuck43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2016, 03:47 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Marshall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Cardinal Nation
Posts: 19,285
Hoppe's and Brian Enos Slide Glide....
Chuck43 likes this.
Marshall is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Search tags for this page

how to oil kimber micro 9 mm

,
kimber micro 380 lubrication
,
kimber micro 9 lube points
,
kimber recommended oil
,
pro shot zero friction gun oil forum
,
should ! oil kimber 9mm micro
Click on a term to search for related topics.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On