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Things I liked: Recommended by articles in PryamidAir publications.
Things I would have changed: Verify online product photos.
What others should know: I ordered the Sportman's Oil but received the Ballistol labeled Mulit-Purpose Oil. Is this the same thing? Why show one pictured product, then ship another. I want to make sure this is the same Sportman's Oil formula that is recommended by PyramidAir for my airgun.
Things I liked: It does what it says. Excellent product. Even on wood gunstocks! A little goes a long way. Wetting a small cloth makes for prudent, cost-effective application.
Things I would have changed: Nothing, aside from the price, and that I cannot buy this locally at Lowes or Home Depot! I can see a use for the aerosol & for the non-aerosol versions.
What others should know: BTW, I'm puzzled by several reviews complaining about "the smell?" Must be females, since this product hardly has any odor, and what it has is certainly not a strong, much less objectionable aroma. YMMV, I guess.
Things I liked: "You will never stop finding new uses for Ballistol!" Its true! I use it to clean corrosive firearms ammo residue from AK-74s. It is a most perfect car battery terminal cleaner (neutralizes mild acids.) You can use it on wood. Use it on plastic. Use it on the kitchen sink chrome plated parts. Use it to clean old copper pipes when doing plumbing work. You can literally soak leather with it and it is GOOD for it. Have an electrical cord that's hard to plug into the wall? Put some on a q-tip and wipe the prongs and feel it work. Headphones hard to plug into the computer? apply to the plug with a q-tip there too and it will be like working with butter. Ballistol wont harm plastic, rubber, wood, leather or paint. That's why you can use it on odd applications like I've mentioned without worrying it will harm anything. Its forte is cleaning corrosion from things. Its best used around the house, but of course it is superb for lubing/cleaning/protecting our airguns!
Things I would have changed: This product is One Hundred and Eleven Years old! Unchanged! There is no reason to change anything about it! Maybe a new label on the can or something, but the product is just right as-is. Was good enough for the German army through WWI and WWII. Still great today. ...And the nonsense about the smell... well its a matter of personal preference. It isn't a stink. It isn't a chemical smell. IT DOES NOT SMELL LIKE FISH as some would have you believe. It is the smell of Anise or an "Anisette" odor A Natural substance. Smells more like licorice than fish. I've actually developed a liking for the odor. You can get it on your fingers and it wont cause any undue harm. Its harmless to you and just about anything you might accidentally get it on. So you can use it for any application you're not sure about an oil harming. Its been doing its thing since 1904. It doesn't need ANY changes!
What others should know: This is not Snake Oil! It is one of the few true "Miracle Oils." See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=512kfZfx6mM It will fill your entire house with its odor when you use it. It IS a weird and very unusual smell. I've become accustomed to its odor and actually sorta like it. I discovered it in 2006 when trying to find a gun cleaner that stated is was useful for removing corrosive ammo residue. It was the only one. The old non-aerosol cans said specifically: "Suitable for cleaning corrosive machinegun ammunition residue." This oil will mix with water as it is actually an alcohol-oil mixture. The alcohol bonds to the oil molecules AND the water molecules. It forms a pale milky white liquid. Mix the non-aerosol version 10% Ballistol and 90% water to make a cleaner that has oil in it that will bond to the item being cleaned, protecting it, while the water rinses away what you don't want. a squirt bottle mixed this way is what I use to clean corrosive ammo residue
can this be used to clean the inside of your barrels?
Is this oil intended for hinges and other pivot points in break barrels? If not, which oil is appropriate? Thanks
Its an all purpose oil good for wiping down your guns. I would use more of a grease on the hinges like silicon oil or the molly paste ( Air Venturi Moly Metal-to-Metal Paste,...)
What is recommended as a close substitute of this product for those of us who live in the Golden State of Environmental Regulators (a.k.a. "California")???
You can buy Ballistol in California, No Problem
It's not allowed in Calif? Well, I've never used this stuff, but the similar products I do use are Break-Free CLP and MP-5 oil. Other lubes I use for guns are; syn motor oil, bearing grease, trans fluid, and Tungsten Disulfide powder. For stripping parts clean of all oils I use carb/brake cleaner or hot water/dishsoap. What of all those lubes goes where in another story, and depends on the gun. They're saying the Ballistol is good on wood, but people say it stinks so why would I want that soaked into my stock?
For cleaning your barrels, take a look at Hoppe's. Just be sure not to get it on any of your seals.