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Old 05-08-2014, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default Wanted: Feedback on BALLISTOL

My long supply of solvent is coming to an end. I have never tried ballistol. A few questions:

1. Is it a good enough lubricant by itself?
2. Is it safe for plastic? (Was not a concern 100 years ago)
3. Does the smell linger in the room or on your clothing for a long time?
4. Why do you think it is not very popular for smokeless powder guns?

I will appreciate the time you take to respond.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:10 PM   #2
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Hickok45 sure swears by it and mentions it in videos. As you implied it's very well thought of for black powder cleanup but that could be mainly because it's been around forever.

Sorry, I've never used it so no firsthand experience but am interested in what others say.

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I like it seems to work fine for me and I kinda do like the smell

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I have been using it for a year now and it works fine on my guns, it appears to be safe on most anything wood and polymer included. The only thing I heard (no first hand experience) was it will remove gold leaf and you also should not use it on nickel plated firearms. Its also sold as an all around cleaner and preservative. The only negative it does not smell as good as Hoppe's 9

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I like it seems to work fine for me and I kinda do like the smell
I'll have to check it out. Don't like licorice.
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Default Ballistol fan here also...

My local Ma & Pa (Jim's Gun Shop in Raleigh) turned me on to it... I like it too as a lube and mild cleaner... just do not like the smell... sooooo in the garage is where I spray.

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Have you looked at the sticky at the top of this forum? Your answer just might be there.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f168/results-gun-care-product-evaluation-106776/

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Have you looked at the sticky at the top of this forum? Your answer just might be there.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f168/results-gun-care-product-evaluation-106776/
Just did. Great study. Ballistol looks like a good lubricant and a poor rust protector. Its odor is rated Strong.
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I use it all the time. Smells bad, works great.


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Have you looked at the sticky at the top of this forum? Your answer just might be there.

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f168/results-gun-care-product-evaluation-106776/
Thanks for that I missed it first time around.
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