Hickock45/Ballistol

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  1. akheaps76

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    Been watching a few Glock cleaning videos and came across one of Hicock45 cleaning his Glock. He seems to like the cleaner/lubricant called Ballistol. Have any of you tried it? What are your thoughts?
     
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    I use it. Good stuff.
     
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    Probably the oldest gun cleaning product out there. Right at 100 years old. Good stuff, ESPECIALLY when dealing with corrosive components (old ammo).
     
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    Have used it for decades. Wish I could find it in spray can.


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    A buddy of mine gave me a can. I couldn't handle the smell of it. I'll stick with Breakfree CLP.

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    MikeG36 Have Gun Will Travel

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    I've used it and it does work great but as glide mentioned, the smell is pretty bad.
     
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    You just have to chase it with some good ole Hopes #9. A little dab on the upper lip and you’re good to go. I do that when my wife is making something I don’t particularly care for.
     
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    I use it on guns that I don't carry, namely because it's cheap and supposedly very effective. It comes in a giant can for like 20 bucks. It's also supposed to be more or less non toxic, which is a huge plus. I also like that it's an all in one product, so it's very easy to clean guns after the range, plus I can use it as a protectant for long term storage.

    I don't use it on my carry guns because it stinks and it's messy. Bad. I use milcomm on my carry guns because it's odorless and very neat, but it's too expensive to use on all my guns. Especially the ones I store long term, I like to slather them in ballistol. That would be like hundreds of dollars worth of milcomm, so that's a no go.

    Oh, 'nother thing about ballistol is that it's great for wood and leather, so it's really great for milsurp guns for protecting them. You can just slather it all over and it helps preserve the wood and leather products on the rifles. I have heard, however, that it might dissolve gold, which makes sense since it will ostensibly dissolve copper.

    Oh, and for shooting corrosive ammo, you can mix it with water and it will dissolve the salts without promoting rust. So it covers black powder, too.

    Oh, and it also makes a great cutting fluid, so I can use it with my mill and lathe as well. So yea, it's probably the single most indispensable thing in my garage right now. If I could only have one gun cleaning product for the rest of my life, it would definitely be ballistol.
     
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    Have used it almost exclusively since 2011 with no plans to change it up.
     
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    Benchrst Ban Hamster

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    Yeah, I'm gonna try a can of it. Also "Kroil".
     
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    Aerokroil is a great penetrant but a very poor lubricant. We use a ton of it at work.
     
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    It works well, non-toxic so maybe save a bit on latex gloves.

    I personally prefer Breakfree CLP, but I do use slip on latex gloves when cleaning my guns.
     
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    I have used it and it works well, but it's not my first choice. I've discovered that it cleans stainless appliances like nothing else out there.
     
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    Only used with the garage door open or outdoors. I use it for rifle barrels.
     
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    The smell is really awful and I can only use this stuff outdoors.
     
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    Like everyone else said, stinky but good chit. :supergrin:
     
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    I clean with Hoppe's #9 since I think it's a better solvent. But when I'm finished with the barrel, I spray it down with Ballistol and let it sit then wipe off completely. it makes it slick as snot. I also put some Ballistiol on a q-tip and apply to the slide channels where it contacts the rails.