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Anyone use Ballistol?

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Monofletch, May 20, 2020.

  1. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    AAD07C8B-BFDC-405C-9346-6A9E1A7F08AC.jpeg Does anyone use Ballistol?? How good does it work on knives or guns?? I was given this today....
  2. Hivoltage

    Hivoltage Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 19, 2018
    It’s all I use on my guns. I’ve found it works best on finished wood and metals. You can’t go wrong it’s replaced an arsenal of gun cleaning solvents and lubricants. Smells pleasant, non toxic and biodegradable too.
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  3. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    as far as I can tell, it's just expensive perfumed mineral oil ;P

    read the ingredients yourself - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistol
    the extra bit of oleates and alcohols are ... likely cosmetic at best, (or preservatives)... and maybe even detract from just using pure mineral oil

    would like to hear @knarfeng opinions also since he's a chemist ; )
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  4. Neko2

    Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 18, 2003
    I like it for mild cleaning and wiping down blades.
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  5. Blackcloud


    Dec 20, 2019
    Excellent product. I use it in firearms,fishing reels, leather and finished woodwork including wiping down gun stocks. I like it for a lube AND protection. Not really for long term storage. Like said above non toxic which is big to me as a cancer survivor. Learned about it about 10 years ago from a friend who did high grade engraving on high end shotguns. It is all he would use. Mixed with water makes a great patch lube for black powder front stuffers. Mixed with water and a dash of Murphys soap and cleans black powder residue with ease.
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  6. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    I'm hesitant to use it on vintage pocketknives with brass pins and liners.
    From their website:

    Ballistol is fully compatible with all metals including aluminum. However, Ballistol dissolves traces of copper, zinc, lead and tombac and can, therefore, be used to clean brass, bronze and silver.

    I'm a little confused as to how it can be safe for cleaning brass, if it dissolves copper and zinc? :confused:
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  7. 3fifty7

    3fifty7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    Yes I use it and have seen pleasing results on metal, wood, and leather.
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  8. Hivoltage

    Hivoltage Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 19, 2018
    I actually wouldn’t recommend on GEC or traditional knives as it leaves a slight Teflon feeling film. To me nothing beats natural patina, oil or renaissance wax. I only use it on firearms, finished woods and leather. Cleaning guns is it’s best purpose in my experience.
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  9. ohen cepel

    ohen cepel Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    I have used it for years and like it. Not sure if it has changed but it used to be what Hk recommended for their firearms. Non-toxic, haven't see it ever hurt anything, and I like the smell better than some other options.
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  10. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    brass is a mix of copper and zinc... but it's fundamentally changed, consider that brass melts at around 1700F, while pure copper won't melt until 1984F
    (hence, an alloy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alloy )

    so, it's incorrect to treat brass as simply a 'mix' of copper and zinc - it's a new thing with different properties... that's how it can be 'safe' for cleaning brass but not copper or zinc individually

    (now, there are limits to this, but again it's due to properties of brass - and of course you have to worry about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanic_corrosion )
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  11. okcasey

    okcasey Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2002
    I use it on my blades after sharpening and on parkerized shotguns and 1911’s.
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  12. skyhorse

    skyhorse Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    I've used it for years now.
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  13. Hivoltage

    Hivoltage Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 19, 2018
    That’s cool. I knew it was of German origin but knowing HK at one point officially recommended it says a lot!
  14. Blackcloud


    Dec 20, 2019
    It is a poor bore cleaner for copper fouling. It cleans well as stated for TRACE amounts. It will not harm brass or copper on things such as brass ornamentation on rifles, knives etc.
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  15. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    I ve been using it for years. There is some neat history about it on their website too! Smells different too. Not all chemically! Kinda.like black licorice.
  16. DPC


    Dec 28, 2013
    I've tried just about every easily available product (5 or 6) and Ballistol is BY FAR the best at cleaning rust. It's the number 1 cleaner in the sword community, just incredible how it removes even slight patina.

    I use this one that comes in a flask.

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  17. Mr.Wizard


    Feb 28, 2015
    Does that happen to include Bar Keepers Friend?
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  18. Monofletch

    Monofletch Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 14, 2010
    Thanks. I plan to use it. After reading about it - it seems to be a great product!!
  19. Danno4017


    Jan 8, 2007
    I use it on my Guns, it seems to do a good job and is highly regarded by many.
    Has an unusual smell, not offensive but different.
  20. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Thanks, guys. I only managed to make a "C" in high school chemistry, so I wasn't sure if I was asking a dumb question. :oops:
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