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Old 07-18-2011, 13:35   #1
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Cleaners and Lubricants Question

I understand that Barristol will not harm wood stocks or synthetic materials on firearms. Can the same be said about CLP and or Remoil?
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I use Rem Oil. I wipe down my guns and also use as a lube.

I live by the Gulf Coast and have absolutely no issues with rust or corrosion.

I do try not to get on the stocks but have had no issues after wiping off.

My only complaint is when using as lube, it doesn't seem to stay on long....like it evaporates after a few months. I wipe down and lube at least once per year on the guns I don't use.

One thing I do like about the Rem Oil is it's light, I don't worry about it gumming anything up.....like firing pins!

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Actually, it's Ballistol, not Barristol. Important if you do a websearch to find it.
Pedantry out of the way, Ballistol is basically harmless to wood and synthetics. It is even touted as useful in wound healing. Like CLP, it's meant to be both a cleaner and lubricant. And like CLP, it is less than ideal in either role. I found Ballistol to be a pretty decent cleaner, especially for blackpowder and corrosive-primered ammo, but I didn't think much of it as a lubricant. My opinion of CLP is opposite: good lube, not so good cleaner.

Practically speaking, everything petroleum-based is potentially harmful to some wood finishes and some plastics. However, most modern finishes and plastics are resistant to all but the most aggressive solvents.

Over 2 decades of liberal CLP use has not harmed the finish on any of my firearms, including wood-stocked milsurps finished with tung oil or linseed oil.
When it comes to dedicated cleaners (aka solvents), the same cannot be said. Ed's Red (for example), is a very good and dirt-cheap solvent/cleaner, but it will attack stock finish. Just wipe down everything when you're done cleaning and you'll be fine.
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I've mostly used Hoppe's No. 9 for cleaning, some sort of light sewing machine oil for lubrication, and RIG for protecting metal surfaces since the early 1970s and, given the outstanding results I've had, I'm not about to change a thing.

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I use Hoppe's 9 for cleaning, and remington oil for storage.

For the remington oil, I buy the pump spray bottles from wal-mart.
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Ballistol is good stuff, but the smell...OH the smell...

I prefer CorrosionX for guns. Smell is light and synthetic oil smelling, and it works great.

Rem-Oil is decent, too....
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I have just read in the last edition of Guns Magazine, that where gun oils usually run from $2.00 to $7.00 an ounce, thereis a superior oil that costs 25 cents an ounce. It's called Mobil 1. The only drawback is because it is cheap, people may tend to use too much. I use Mobil 1 in every fuel driven machine I own, so now, it'll be used on every powder driven machine I own.
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Originally Posted by woodchuckssuck View Post
Ballistol is good stuff, but the smell...OH the smell...

I prefer CorrosionX for guns. Smell is light and synthetic oil smelling, and it works great.

Rem-Oil is decent, too....
I like Ballistol and the smell doesn't offend me or the wife. I have begun using Gunzilla and like it.
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>>I like Ballistol and the smell doesn't offend me or the wife<<

Doesn't offend my wife either, cuz I know enough not to use it when she's around.
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