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Old 12-15-2020, 08:36 AM   #1
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Question Ballistol

Any of you guys use this stuff for cleaning your firearms? It's been around since 1905 when a chemist developed it for the Imperial German army. Supposed to be non-toxic with a kind of liqorice smell. I've only seen it occasionly at gun shows, never in stores. It's readily available online, though. Thinking about giving it a try.
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Old 12-15-2020, 10:45 AM   #2
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I have used it on & off over the years. I first received a sample of some when I bought my Benelli SBE.
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Old 12-15-2020, 10:53 AM   #3
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Great stuff for corrosive ammo when mixed with water... only problem is the fumes. I have to use it outside, the fumes cause me to have breathing issues.
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Old 12-15-2020, 04:14 PM   #4
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I use a lot of it, even on the wood. I even like the smell.
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I've read it's a healthier alternative to solvents like Shooter's Choice or Hoppe's. Some of the chemical cleaners which are good for removing copper and lead fouling stink to high hell. After a range session last week in which I cleaned 3 rifles in my garage with the doors open and a breeze blowing it could still be smelled in the house.

Then again, I've been inhaling and getting strong solvents on my hands since I was 14 or thereabouts....cars, guns, go karts, bikes, etc etc. Only had Lymphoma once back in 1998 so I guess I shouldn't worry.
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Old 12-16-2020, 07:09 AM   #6
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A few years back I figured I needed a better cleaner & that I need to go big. So I bought a 5 gallon pail of this for myself & 2 buddies
https://mirachem.com/info/?page_id=49&Prod=12
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Old 12-16-2020, 08:39 AM   #7
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A few years back I figured I needed a better cleaner & that I need to go big. So I bought a 5 gallon pail of this for myself & 2 buddies
https://mirachem.com/info/?page_id=49&Prod=12
Do you pour this stuff into a cleaning tank of some kind?

I'm really looking for a cleaner that can be used on a small scale for rifles mostly...and doesn't stink the place up.
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Do you pour this stuff into a cleaning tank of some kind?

I'm really looking for a cleaner that can be used on a small scale for rifles mostly...and doesn't stink the place up.
I use spray bottles & submerge suppressors in it like a soak. I wish I had a cleaning tank.
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Old 12-16-2020, 10:25 AM   #9
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I've been using a Ballistol for a few years, now. I'm a sucker for the latest snake oils, but this stuff has been around for over 100 years and works great as not only a cleaner and lubricant, but on conditioning wood and leather.

Non-toxic is a plus, as well.

But it still doesn't smell as good as Hoppe's #9.
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Well, you fellas have convinced me so I'm ordering some bottles online. Thanks for the feedback.
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Well, you fellas have convinced me so I'm ordering some bottles online. Thanks for the feedback.
Home Depot use to carry it from time to time.
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Home Depot use to carry it from time to time.
I bought mine at an Ace Hardware. Then found someone selling small cans of it at a gunshow.
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I’m still using up a batch of Ed’s Red I made several years ago.
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I have a 25 gal drum of Kroil Oil

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I use clenzoil. Smells great and has lanolin in the formula. Doesn't affect wood. Clean you bore with your favorite until the patch is clean. Then run a wet parch of clenzoil and see what you find on the patch.
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