Originally Posted by millerl513
I keep reading that lubriplate is the best---I do not have any on hand as yet but I do have 1. Rig by the Rig Products Co ( I have a tube that I bet is 50 years young), or 2. Gunslick by Outers Labs (I aslo have a tube of this on hand) or 3. a tub of Sta-Lube brake caliper sunthetic grease made by CRC (this appears to be good stuff) and I have enuf on hand to lube a 1000 m1's!!!
Lubriplate -- at least the formula with which we're all familiar -- was, if I recall correctly, developed specifically for the M1. As such, it's the "classic" grease, but certainly not the only one. Lubriplate's follow-on "successor," PlastiLube, works well, too.
The point is to use grease
to lubricate your M1, specifically any parts that slide. (No lubrication
of any sort on the hammer hooks or sear or inside the gas cylinder! But you knew that, anyway, didn't you?) The rule of thumb is "oil protects, grease lubricates." And, to be honest, just about any good grease will work just fine; the Sta-Lube by CRC should most suitable. I don't recognize either the Rig or Outers products; if grease, then they're most likely OK.
There's a graphic of the M1 grease points at M1 Garand Grease Points
and you might find the entire site M1 Garand Armory
of interest as well.
There are those who will insist that only the latest, developed no earlier than last week -- and most expensive -- potion/formula is any good at all. Balderdash. Use what you've got; it'll work fine.