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does anyone have a good link or info on cleaning a ’61 vintage P-38?

Just picked it up today and it has a ton of oil on it

going to go through it and replace springs before shooting

Just wonder how much lube does this actually need

My 1911 & 92FS were lightly lube, this P38 right now could be condemned by the EPA for oil pollution LOL
 

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Clean with Hoppe's #9, dry, lightly lube with the oil from the orange bottle, put red grease from the syringe on the rails where metal moves against metals.
 

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Hi,

I've got a P4 from my father-in-law. This is all new to me. I've watched a few videos on cleaning and stripping (P38, since that's the closest I could find to the P4 other than someone firing one).
He gave me Hoppe's 9, and a cleaning kit. But all he told me about cleaning was the barrel. When I opened it up it looks pretty gunked up at the back of the barrel (photo attached).
I don't have an orange bottle or red grease. What brands or names are these so I can look for them online?
Thanks.
 

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Just picked it up today and it has a ton of oil on it

going to go through it and replace springs before shooting

Just wonder how much lube does this actually need

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You don't need to take it completely apart or change springs.

Just field-strip the pistol, remove the plastic grips, and drop the frame, slide and barrel into a pan of mineral spirits. Brush the parts with an old toothbrush and blow them clean with compressed air. Then spray them with CLP or somesuch, and blow them off again with compressed air. Wipe out the bore, reassemble the parts and put the grips back on.

Disassemble the magazine and clean that separately.

Then take it out and shoot it. It couldn't be simpler.

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