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    After listening to Hickock 45 endorse it, I bought some and have been using it for about 6 weeks now. Terrific stuff, cleanes better than Hoppes#9, in my opinion, and leaves this very interesting "feel" to the barrel. It's very slick without being greasy and has good reviews for protection as well.

    Really, I just wanted to have the first post in a forum.... But, Balistol is worth a try.
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    I know Hickok45 sings the praises of Balistol... I didn't realize it had the barrel cleaning capabilities of Hoppes #9 though... That's impressive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdF702 View Post
    After listening to Hickock 45 endorse it, I bought some and have been using it for about 6 weeks now. Terrific stuff, cleanes better than Hoppes#9, in my opinion, and leaves this very interesting "feel" to the barrel. It's very slick without being greasy and has good reviews for protection as well.

    Really, I just wanted to have the first post in a forum.... But, Balistol is worth a try.
    My CCW instructor introduced our class to it back in December, love the stuff!

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    I have noticed something about Balistiol, the "penetration" and that "seasoned skillet" effect becomes more pronounced with use. The first time I used it, I applied a light film and allowed it to soak in for an hour. I wiped that off, and did it again for another 30 minutes. My barrel was noticeably more "seasoned" on the 2nd application. After I shoot, now I just "dust" off the carbon with a dry toothbrush, run a copper brush down the bore, run pads with Balistol till clean and then spray a coat of Balistol and leave it sit for 10 minutes while I dry brush the frame and slide. I then hit the sweet spots with gun grease and then use paper towels to dry the barrel and run 1 clean pad down the bore to reduce the volume of Balistol in there but still leaving a slight amount behind.

    I don't use the Balistol on the slide, other than a Q-Tip applied amount where the barrel contacts the inside of the frame and I also coat the rails and any other contact points of the slide and frame. I do that before I apply that tiny amount of grease to the rails.

    My barrel is now "slicker than a schoolboy with a cold's sleeve"!
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    Been using it for yrs.. Hickok got me hooked and it works as advertised.
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    The skillet test...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LKGMADMAX View Post
    My CCW instructor introduced our class to it back in December, love the stuff!
    Dont tell me thats a v-max.

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    I had to order mine from Amazon, because nobody here in town had any in stock. I suppose that I didn't look hard enough, but I got a nice supply from those guys.

    Does that stuff have a shelf life? I can tell that the Ballistol is supposed to have a licorice-like smell to it, but mine is pretty rank. As a matter of fact, I just use it on the barrel over my wife's flower bed until it runs off. That's usually the first hit that the dirty guns get. After I've run a few patches through to get the majority of the gunk and solids out of there, I revert back to the Hoppe's #9 and Rem Oil finish.

    I haven't used Ballistol only, as hickok45 and others here have done. Perhaps I've give that a try after the next range outing.

    I found out about it from the Spyderco forum (some of my favorite knives...) where the guys used it to lube the pivot on their folding knives. That led to hickok45's videos, which then renewed my interest in getting back into shooting again.
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    As far as I know, Hickok is not a scientist, chemist, engineer, gun-smith, etc. And he did not scientifically analyze his glocks for wear and tear and rust using ballistol compared to other oils. Even when he says that ballistol cures the barrel and makes it rust-proof, he is just guessing: he did not have a chemist analyze the metal to find out how the chemicals in ballistol are interacting at a microscopic level with the metal. And he did he cite any sources to support this claim.

    I wish I had some documented studies showing what is best to use for cleaning and oiling. Consumerreports does not deal with this stuff.

    I would really like to get the input from the actual engineers who design Glock regarding Ballistol: is it thick enough to be a good lube for the rails? Does it work well for general Glock lubing? What happens if other oils are used with Ballistol?
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    Just because I use and like it, doesn't mean you should or would... I like Hickok's vids and he's always been upfront regarding who donates stuff (Balistol doesn't) and he makes no claims at being an expert. He is a very experienced shooter that takes much time to provide enjoyment to many fellow shooters...

    Feel free to do your own research and share your results with the rest of us...
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