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Brewster11
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:21 pm  Reply with quote



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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.

Any thoughts or observations, gentlemen?

Brewster
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byrdog
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:16 am  Reply with quote
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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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Cheyenne08
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:02 am  Reply with quote
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Over the years, it has remained pretty much the same for me. Light gun oil, Hoppes number nine, and I keep some Kroil around to loosen frozen parts.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:28 pm  Reply with quote
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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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skeettx
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:54 pm  Reply with quote
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WD-40 for cleaning
Ballistol for lubricant
RIG to pressure points and long term

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tramroad28
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:58 pm  Reply with quote



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Good question.
I don't know but.....it's slippery.
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BigCreekMI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:05 pm  Reply with quote
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Ballistol keeps my shredder running smoothly.

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jswanson
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:27 pm  Reply with quote



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[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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kennedy756
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I use to use 3 and 1 oil, until I used it on my pristine colt python, and after leaving it in the safe for a couple of years, the oil had dried up locking the cylinder. now only gun oil and rig.

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1stgun
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:52 pm  Reply with quote
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Cheyenne08 wrote:
Over the years, it has remained pretty much the same for me. Light gun oil, Hoppes number nine, and I keep some Kroil around to loosen frozen parts.

Dale



+1, Got to have my Kroil!

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Dogchaser37
PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:33 pm  Reply with quote
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RemOil for my repeaters to keep them running.

Super Lube grease for all choke tube threads. It doesn't stain clothes or your shooting vest.

Shooter's Choice grease for break actions.

Hoppes's 9 for bore cleaning.

Shooter's Choice Rust Preventative to keep stuff rust free.

Rock 'n Roll Super Web grease for everything on a MEC reloader, including the collet. Lasts a long time and does not dry out like Anti-seize that MEC recommends.

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