Ballistol – The Product With A Million Uses
Ballistol is one of those truly great products that truly has a million uses. I’ve been using it on airguns for over 10 years and it continues to amaze me with new capabilities.
The manufacturer claims that Ballistol can be used to clean, lubricate and protect pretty-well and metal gun part. Wood stocks too.
I’ve used it to clean all types of junk, crud and stains from blued steel. The results usually look better than new!
Likewise wood stocks usually benefit from a good rub down with this “miracle” product.
Now it’s true that I haven’t tried it on synthetic gun stocks. And I do keep this oil well clear of O rings and seals on CO2 and PCP airguns. But otherwise the results have always matched the manufacturer’s claims.
Apparently, it was first developed at the request of the Imperial Prussian Army in the early 1900s. Intended to be a multi-purpose oil that could be used to clean and maintain the metallic parts of a service rifle, the aim was also for it to be usable on wood buttstocks and the soldier’s leather belt, harnesses etc.
It’s still manufactured and marketed by the same family firm in Germany…
Ballistol is available as a liquid, in pre-impregnated wipes and as an aerosol spray. Personally, I prefer to use the liquid. I put a few drops on a .308 cleaning patch and rub as required. A wipe over with a paper kitchen towel finishes the job if you’re using it as a cleaner.
The wipes are great, too, if you have large areas to cover (which I normally don’t).
Personally, I’m not fond of the aerosol version, although I have friends who prefer it in that form.
The manufacturers say that Ballistol is biodegradable and non-polluting. The aerosol version does not contain CFCs, so this really always has been a “green” product.
So is there anything I don’t like about Ballistol? Yes, the smell!
This is a rather pungent oil and I prefer to use it in a very-well ventilated space or – preferably – outside. But I don’t dislike it as much as at first…
Normally HAM brings you structured, impartial reviews of new airgun products. This is a brief personal review of a very old product. But there are still people out there who have not heard the news.
If we ran structured reviews of oils and cleaners, Ballistol would be a definite HAM Gold Award winner!
NOTE. As with any chemical product, make sure to read the warning notices and precautions on the packaging. In particular, make sure that you have very good ventilation, particularly if using the aerosol version – as I always do.