Originally Posted by SaskShooter
WD-40 makes a GREAT solvent, but not a good lube at all. WD-40 leaves a sticky film that attracts dirt and, contrary to the instructions, will just gum things up more badly. Cold weather will make it even worse. Don't use it as a lubricant.
I've used WD-40 to get nasty crud out of some of my guns. It works wonders on powder fouling, and the fact that it's an aerosol is nice too.
BUT any time I use it, always make sure to flush it out with (drum roll please).............................. BRAKE KLEEN!
I'll second that notion!!!! I don't even get near my guns with WD-40. if it gets in your trigger, it turns to asphalt when it gets Cold. As was mention earlier, when it's very cold, no lube is better than anything.
A few years back, my uncles bolt froze on him early in the morning, as he left his gun in the truck overnite. He tried to shoot a doe a little after daybreak, and the hammer would not fire. He pulled the bolt, and put it inside his overalls for a few minutes, while the deer was having her last breakfast!!!! A few moments later, he tried it, and BANG, dead deer.
The spring was " gunnked" with WD40. A little brake clean, and all better. Another thing that can be used that works very well to degrease, or to remove lube is Ether. Regular diesel starting fluid will flush it away in no time flat, but do it outside. It evaporates , and leaves no residue, or smell. Hope this helps!!!
P/S, if you do use Brake Kleen, use the GREEN can. The red canned stuff leaves a film, and smells too. The GREEN can, seems to flash off cleaner, no residue, or smell.