I posted up awhile ago that I won a Stoeger P-350 and right away I felt how rough the action cycled and knew it needed to be taken apart and had some Slipstream applied asap. So Sunday I made sure I cleaned up the reloading bench so I could tackle this for an article for everyone to read this week.
I was really surprised how easily it broke down. It breaks down into five main parts the stock, barrel, forend, bolt assembly, and trigger assembly. The trigger assembly isn’t out of the stock yet in this picture but you will see it later on.
While breaking it down I immediately went into cursing all the little pieces of packaging stuck in every internal nook and cranny you could imagine.
When I got into the internals I was really surprised with how AR like the bolt and trigger assembly felt. The trigger assembly was easier to remove than I expected. Just one pin held it into the stock and after pushing it out it was a cinch to remove. After I got all the styrophome out of the internals it was time to start applying the Slipstream.
I started with the trigger assembly. The springs all got a small dab of Slipstream oil.
After the springs I moved on to hammer by applying a light coat to the friction points.
When I apply Slipstream to my guns I try to keep my eyes open for wear marks and even though this is a brand new gun and hasn’t even been fired yet there is some slight marks on the action. Areas like seen below is where Slipstream shines so make sure you apply a small amount when you see things like this.
Moving onto the bolt assembly, I make sure there is a small amount added to the guide lands on the sides and bottom.
As you can see you do not need to apply a large amount. A tiny bit goes a long way with Slipstream.
When I finish with the grease I apply a small drop of oil to the bolt itself. The whole bolt assembly breaks down further but being brand new I figured I would get some rounds through it before I took it all apart.
I found another wear mark where the bolt assembly and forend ride and hit it with a light dab of grease.
I made extra sure the areas where the bolt assembly ride were well lubed. As you can see in the picture there is more grease than in other shots. My reason for a little extra here is because this is where the majority of heat and friction are going to be and where I was getting that rough sandy feeling from
I added a slight amount to where the bolt assembly sits at the end of the forend.
After finishing the forend it was time to stick it back together.
Everytime I use Slipstream on a gun it amazes me how instantly better they feel but with the Stoeger you could actually hear the difference. The action cycled so much quieter after I finished my wife even noticed and made a comment on the difference. Now I am excited to get this thing out and shoot it. Slipstream works with heat and even though I am feeling and hearing effects now the big difference will be after I get it warmed up and let the nano lubricant soak into the metal. Maybe I can get some rounds through it this weekend and come back with some words on how it shoots?