Joined: 08 Feb 2009
Location: Western WA
At some point in the not too distant past I started using Ballistol, especially after some testing and observations indicated that WD-40 basically disappeared over time and left little or no evidence of lubricity or protection.
I was so satisfied with Ballistol on my firearms that I purchased a large spray can of it and began using it for general household purposes. A couple years or so back I used it to lube the roller wheels on our electric clothes dryer when they started to howl. It worked well enough until last year when I had time to install a new roller wheel for one that was in the worst condition, which I lubed with lithium grease upon installation.
The dryer belt frayed the other day (they don't make the like they used to, barely got 17 years out of that thing, but it was used when we bought it) and when I took it apart to replace it I was surprised to see that after one year, the lithium grease had turned into a stiff sticky gum and the wheel barely turned! The other wheel which had Ballistol was slightly gummed up but it turned smoothly with only moderate resistance.
So now I have some doubts about lubes in general, but Ballistol seems good if not ideal. I put some graphite lube on the dryer wheels but who knows what will happen (we have some teens in the house and, like the shower, the dryer never stops.) Firearms generally don't encounter the usage conditions like a clothes dryer but maybe a semi-automatic might generate heat and wear to thicken Ballistol like the dryer.
Joined: 22 Aug 2011
Location: the Moosehorn
I use 3+1 oil as it is a pure lubricant. I use it on everything. I use Hoppes to clean guns and break rusted fasteners etc. I have used so many other products over the years I cant count them. Now I am back to these two.
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Joined: 26 Mar 2008
General Electric washer & dryer over 25 years old .Washer running w/o a hitch. Dryer developed a squeak in the drum bearing. My go to lubricant is Gibbs penetrating spray lube. After assessing the bearing I gave it a judicious spray, it still squeaked ,so I dusted the bearing area with powdered Teflon ( Hoppes item no 3062) . After a min. or so the squeak stopped. This was about 3 years ago. It started squeaking recently, and a reapplication of these products stopped it again.
The Gibbs product has un- frozen numerous bolts I would never believed could move. I must have used it on a gun some time, cant recall. Hoppes no 9 user since 1949 .
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Joined: 03 Feb 2008
Location: Adirondak Mtns
[quote="byrdog"]I use 3+1 oil as it is a pure lubricant. I use it on everything. I use Hoppes to clean guns and break rusted fasteners etc. I have used so many other products over the years I cant count them. Now I am back to these two.[/quote]
I'm with you my friend. 3&1 and Hoppes. I still have two large bottle of the original formula. I tend to horde things.
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Joined: 17 Mar 2017
Location: Endless Mountains of Pa
For generations we have used good cleaning solvent to clean our L.C. Smith double guns. One of the best out today is the latest version of BreakFree. The new owners have returned to the original Military approved version, and it both cleans and water proofs, along with building up a protective coating as it is used.
Wipe any extra BreakFree off the gun and place one drop of Singer Sewing Machine Oil in the proper working places.
Our L.C. Smith Double Guns are in perfect shape, having been passed down thru the generations.
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Eesox for all lube protection applications (including choke tubes which I pull during every cleaning.
Eezox is amazing, used it for years, including duck hunting in tidal areas, bad weather etc. Never any rust.
I drank the Amsoil Kool-Aid, and I've started using their gun care products in place of Break free CLP.
Joined: 28 May 2007
Location: Columbia, SC
Ballistol keeps my shredder running smoothly.
I use Ballistol on my guns (except my M-1, which is a "grease" gun) but never for my shredder because it costs too much.
When I looked up the MSDS for Fellowes shredder oil "Powershred Performance Shredder Oil" I found out that it was canola oil - now I buy it at Wal-Mart for much less than the "official" oil or Ballistol. Paying less for my shredder oil lets me shoot more.
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