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.
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.
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.
If you've been put off by the red tape and paperwork.......things are getting easier.
Here's a presentation by a dealer that came out today.
Quite interesting.......although if you don't do Facebook you may not be able to see it. He also mentions...
Anyone here a long time user or fan of prvi partizan ammo? Was looking for some feedback on consistency and reliability. I ordered some 7.62x39 and .223 to try out, both soft point.
I know there's better ammo out there and cheaper priced for high volume shooting and better...