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Old December 28th, 2011, 09:01 AM   #1
 
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Is Ballistol as good as what I hear on YouTube (Hickok45)? What are its pros & cons? I am picking up an SR9c next week and was thinking of using Ballistol as my main cleaner/lubricant.



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Old December 28th, 2011, 09:14 AM   #2
 
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I use it exclusively on my black powder guns (or any gun I've used corrosive ammo in) as both a cleaner, lube and rust preventative.

Possibly because old habits die hard, on modern firearms I still use Hoppe's as a general purpose cleaner, Sweets for those pesky copper deposits and Mobil 1 for lube. But I will give the gun a final wipedown with Ballistol as a belt and suspenders approach to maintaining my firearms.

It's good stuff, and I wouldn't be worried if it was all I had to use.
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My dad and I have both used breakfree (very similar to Ballistol) on all of our firearms for years. Never had any negative side effects or issues.
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As a lube and protector it is a good product. As a solvent it is so, so. For waterfowling in salt it is the best product I have found to neutralize the salt. I strip my shotgun down and clean with Hoppes and the after dry patches a generous coating of Ballistol inside the bore and outside on the metal surfaces is all that is needed. I have found with regular gun oil you need to revisit and reapply for 4-5 days after being in a salt water environment but with Ballistol it's one and done.
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My dad and I have both used breakfree (very similar to Ballistol) on all of our firearms for years. Never had any negative side effects or issues.
No offense intended, but Breakfree is not even close to being similar to Ballistol. Ballistol is made from coal oil and is completely safe for all firearms and their parts & is non toxic. It's a great CLP & I use it on every gun I own, the wooden parts, brass, plastic, steel. Ballistol stays where you put it, while Breakfree runs everywhere. Ballistol's been in use for nearly 100 years & was first used by the German army on their firearms and for scrapes, bruises, and it even works on lice because it's made from coal (same ingredient in some lice & dandruff shampoos). It's good stuff!

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Agreed.

I've used Ballistol and Breakfree as well for many years but it's Ballistol that I feel is the far more useful product. It's not only fantastic on things smokeless oriented but it's absolutely outstanding on all things BP. Really works great on getting the lead out too. However, when it comes to removing copper fouling, there are better products for that purpose.
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No offense intended, but Breakfree is not even close to being similar to Ballistol. Ballistol is made from coal oil and is completely safe for all firearms and their parts & is non toxic. It's a great CLP & I use it on every gun I own, the wooden parts, brass, plastic, steel. Ballistol stays where you put it, while Breakfree runs everywhere. Ballistol's been in use for nearly 100 years & was first used by the German army on their firearms and for scrapes, bruises, and it even works on lice because it's made from coal (same ingredient in some lice & dandruff shampoos). It's good stuff!
Agree with this completely
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I don't know the chemistry behind it, but I do really like Ballistol. I also use some Hoppes down the barrel or for extra duty necessities, but Ballistol is my primary cleaning product.
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I only use ballistol once you try it you will understand. It a great product and as some one has already mentioned you can use it on all surfaces. Also great choice on the Sr9c. Enjoy.
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Thank you all for your comments...they are most helpful
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I shot 2 ss Ruger Mk IIs to failure with Balistol as the only lube. It took a while and a few milk bricks of .22s. The lube turned to varnish and one extractor broke. Now, I use Mobile One 0-30 on my ss guns. Now, I mix Bstol 10% with hot water for cleaning out old 7.62X39 stuff. Luv Hickok45 but can't warm up to his lube.
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I shot 2 ss Ruger Mk IIs to failure with Balistol as the only lube. It took a while and a few milk bricks of .22s. The lube turned to varnish and one extractor broke. Now, I use Mobile One 0-30 on my ss guns. Now, I mix Bstol 10% with hot water for cleaning out old 7.62X39 stuff. Luv Hickok45 but can't warm up to his lube.
I may have misunderstood, so forgive me for asking, but you shot several bricks of ammo through a couple of .22 pistols without cleaning (apparently from the "turned to varnish" observation) and parts broke and it was the lube's fault?
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We are black powder shooters and we use balistol on the inside of the barrel and cylinders of our percussion revolvers. Balistol appears (...at least to me...) to be a vegetable based oil. It is great for the black powder stuff because it is not petroleum based; and it will carbonize and make a "tar" like the old time petroleum oils did when mixed with black powder fouling. It smells good (...reasonably...) and pretty well stays where ya put it. It is a good lube and a reasonable protectant for the bores of percussion firearms that use black powder.

Havin said all that; i DO NOT think it is a great rust or moisture displacing protectant. We wipe all the outsides of the percussion guns with Break Free CLP or some other moisture displacing lube to take care of that problem. I think of balistol as much closer to wesson oil or olive oil than i do a moisture displacing oil for weapons. I would not use it on a semiauto or other "modern" type firearm; and we regularly used CLP or another synthetic moisture displacing oil (...the one on sale, mostly; Remoil, Birchwood Casey, Slip 2000, etc....) to lightly lube the hammer pivot, hand, cylinder pin, and any "mechanical" internals to the revolvers. I understand that there are those who do lube their entire weapons with balistol, but i do not believe it is the best choice for "modern firearms"; as i do not believe it is a moisture displacing lube because it is vegetable based (...it cant be...). I have seen some flash rust on the muzzles of some of our percussion revolvers after being wiped down with balistol and before being treated with CLP. You will never see that with a moisture displacing lube. I suspect that balistol stays exactly where it is wiped and if it gets wiped off, it is wiped off. The moisture displacing lubes are hard to wipe off and tend to spread themselves thin.

Hope this helps.
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I may have misunderstood, so forgive me for asking, but you shot several bricks of ammo through a couple of .22 pistols without cleaning (apparently from the "turned to varnish" observation) and parts broke and it was the lube's fault?

Ask away, we're good. gotta go, follow up tonight.
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