MG 08 Water Jacket
Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:23 PM
Was wondering if straight water for filling the water jacket or is a solution of water and whatever, the way to go.
I have Dolfs book, did not locate what I was looking for...
Posted 18 April 2018 - 02:11 AM
All of the people I know shoot theirs with a mixture of water and a water soluble lubricant.
Posted 18 April 2018 - 05:02 AM
A little overkill compared to 1917, but youre trying to prevent damage now not win a trench war.
Posted 18 April 2018 - 12:09 PM
There really is no reason to use any kind of lube in the water to protect the jacket or with non-synthetic seal material, but if the water seals are synthetic ‘o’ rings of a type not made to function in water, then a water impervious lube is necessary to keep the rings lubed and prevent rolling up, abrading or binding. Auto water pump lube works fine or any marine water resistent lubes.
After shooting drain the jacket and dry the interior of the jacket using a hot air paint stripper gun funneling the air through a long narrow cone rolled from building flashing aluminum. Small end put into the trunnion hole and dryer inserted in the large end. If you have a painted jacket don’t over heat the inside. Once dry, spray some lube into the jacket. If using non-synthetic seal material, remove the muzzle seal in the jacket and replace with new material or dry it and grease it. Grease the rear seal before reinstalling in the gun.
Don’t worry about jacket corrosion......
Posted 01 May 2018 - 11:07 AM
Very clean DWM 1917 MG 08.
Still retains much of its original finish...
Appreciate all of the imput...
Posted 17 June 2019 - 09:37 PM
Know anyone who works at a place with boilers? Before they create steam, the water is run through a deaerator and then treated with chemicals including some fine polymers all designed to keep the pipes free of corrosion and other nasties. Your friends can bleed off the treated water before the boilers and fill your 5 gallon jugs so you don't have to bother them for awhile.