Homemade Gun Lubricant

home made gun oil lubricant

Now many of us have thought about the fact that in a more dire time we will be using our weapons more often, and they will take on a completely new life, that of defenders and providers for our own lives.

What that brings to mind is the “Rifleman’s Creed” that all enlisted Marines are required to learn by heart, especially those of us in the Infantry.

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…
My rifle and I know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!


The section near the end “My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.” Your weapon is truly the savior of your life, it will defend you and it will provide food for you, and It should be and would be as much a part of you as your own arm in those circumstances.

Now what does this all have to do with this post?  Well as with your body your weapon must receive the proper treatment or it will not function properly, lube is the “blood” of the rifle (or any weapon for that matter).

Now this is where we move into the meat and potatoes of the article… MAKING YOUR OWN GUN LUBE

First a Disclaimer

*This is for instructional use only, I do not advocate using this in any weapon, untested lubricants can have catastrophic consequences when used in a highly pressurized and flammable environment like a weapon firing.  I make no claim as to the safety nor reliability of these lubricant recipes, all who try do so at their own risk*

Ok so now that is done, I have to say a few other things about safety, this is truly for educational purposes only, I really cannot say this is as safe as Remoil, etc.  This is to be printed off and put away in your binders of knowledge and to be used, if you so choose as a possible alternative when other oil is unavailable and wont be for some time.  Once again, stressing use at own risk and so forth.

Ive found and heard of a few recipes over the years, and these are them.  However with any recipe, mixing chemicals, You should practice proper safety, that is wearing goggles, and do so outside or with VERY good ventilation.  Also be aware if you ever hear an hissing or see fumes start to appear, clear the area and wait for any reaction to subside.



(from rimfiresurvival.com)

  • 2 parts Automatic Tranny Fluid with Dexrol III
  • 2 parts K-1 Kerosene (deoderized)
  • 1 Part Mobile 1 0w-40 SYNTHETIC Oil
  • 1/2 tube graphite powder
This makes a crimson red mixture with the graphite suspended giving the mixture somewhat of a dark turbidity. The graphite seems to stay suspended fairly well by itself, but should be stirred or shaken before use should you choose to add graphite to your mixture as it will slowly settle in the container. The mixture has about the same viscosity as RemOil and can be made more or less viscous by changing the weight and amount of synthetic motor oil.
*The author used a old and CLEANED Ronsonol container (a old gun oil container will work as well) to empty into and use for easy dispensing*


  • 2 quarts Synthetic Motor oil (The source used 10w-30, but says weights arent that important)
  • 1 quart Automatic Tranny Fluid
  • 1 Bottle ORIGINAL STP (Blue Bottle)
  • 1, 7 oz jar of Hoppes Solvent

Get a one Gallon mayo Jar from a restaurant and empty it and clean it thoroughly to make sure there is no residue.  Pour the Oil & ATF in first and Shake well, then add the STP and Hoppes and mix well.


Chainsaw Mix

2 parts Dexron Tranny Fluid

1 part 10w-40 SYNTHETIC motor oil

1 part Chain saw oil, SAE 30 or STP or Slick50


I haven’t really used any “homemade” gun oil, so i cant specifically tell you whats better or not, i pass this on because even though i have a few gallons of M-Pro 7 (in small 4 ounce bottles and 1 gallon jugs) which i consider the best gun oil out there, I also have these recipes stashed away in a binder file for when I may need to make some more, for me or others, and it seems as though some spare tranny fluid and motor oil will be easier to come by than gun oil.





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  1. Not sure why the tranny oil is going in there. Transmission fluid has detergent in it, that suspends the dirt IN the fluid keeping it there to wear away at things. Most guns you can use for lubrication straight synthetic motor oil which also has some detergent in it, but many use it instead of other gun oils in semi auto handguns. Kero is NOT recommended, it seeps into cracks which in a firearm isn’t good when you plan on putting ammo in the gun. You could clean a gun with it in a pinch it does have properties of getting under rust and would work ok to clean the barrel etc but would have to be patched out afterwords. If you already have hoppes you might just keep it separate from a “mix” since it works well on it’s own to clean, running a wet patch and leaving it there will protect well enough. If you are trying to make a CLP type mix I guess it would work, cold weather in an AR you just would clean, warm you could clean then lube with synthetic oil.

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