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The cleaning/immersing in oil is the right and best way.

I spray mine.

What would be the chain to buy nowadays?

Mine is kinda like a $2. escort. Sprockets look good though
I've always built my chains from industrial size 50 roller chain because it has been readily available to me, same size as 530 chain. I wouldn't know what to recommend for a specific brand.
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i'm questioning the penetrating abilities of melted grease w/oil added.i'm picturing a thick mass?
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I’ve been running d.i.d standard chains for a while and they have held up well.
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i live around a farm area and at one time, you could get american combine chains but i do not see them now.
the combine chain is diff metal and although will rust, it will be surface only. they also see 100% power loading unlike a mc chain which tools around at maybe 20%.
like i say 3 in 200k and two rear sprockets and probably 4 counter but some of that was ratio changes.
the addition of oil to the grease is the key, use a gear oil.
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the old european scool for ol' chains says to remove the chain
then thoroughly clean the chain
then soak it overnight in naphtha or even oil
then clean with a rag and mount

nowadays o ring chains need little lubrification and often the wrong product can damage the o rings, so careful to use only specifics products for o ring chains
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I shut oiler off as it was making a real mess. Every winter, I remove the chain, clean it and let it soak in oil.
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