First off, Len i dont know if this would go in General Discussions or here so do with it what you want
After reading Fifty and GG talking about problems with a new Rem trigger i noticed where the question of lubricants in cold temps came up. I have come into this question many times in our shop so i decided to do a little test. Now this came about in no way to do with LR hunting but instead it had to do with Benelli Super Black Eagle shotguns used during very cold weather duck hunting. Several people reported these shotguns jamming severely when they hunted in below freeizing temps. Now since i have used one of these guns for several years hunting and guiding and never had a problem i was more than a little curious. The Benelli uses a recoil action operated system based on a long spring that extends down the the butt stock. As people would clean there guns they would put large amounts of lube down the recoil spring tube to aid in its movement, redneck common sense. Well alot of these recoil tubes where soaked in lube and worked fine inside our shop, so whats the prob????
Well i decided to take every kind of popular lube we sell and do a little test. I placed a decent amount of each kind of lube on a paper plate, labled them, and put them the freezer for 1hr. Now i know this aint the most complete test but give me a little credit for iniative!
on the plates was Rem Oil (the most common sold), Beretta Oil, Break Free, Hoppes Elite, and a few other misc ones. After 1hr in the cold all the oils had turned into something similiar to very light candle wax, except for the Hoppes Elite and Break Free. Every guy i asked that had the above listed prob with the shotguns was spraying the hell out of there actions with most of the time Rem Oil!! This stuff basically turns to clay when hit with very cold temps and thus siezes up the action!! Now I dont know how this applies to very thick lubes or moly based lubes but it is something to keep in mind and if ur curious do the same test and find out.
I dont know for sure how this would apply to trigger mechanisms but maybe someone smarter will reply.
Just something i thought about when i was reading the other post