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Old 11-04-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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Best CLP?

I know this is a subject where everyone has their own opinion, but wanted to see what people thing of Ballistol and Break Free CLP. Anyone thinkl one is significantly better than the other?
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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If I had to choose between the two I would choose Breakfree CLP. Mainly because my own tests showed that Breakfree CLP was a much better protectant than Ballistol and I use it as such.

However I don't use one product for everything.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
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I'm moving away from CLP altogether. I am probably wrong, but to me the concept seems flawed. Cleaning/lubing/protecting in a single step seems like it would really just loosen up the nasty stuff and redistribute it.

I'm back to a good old-school solvent cleaning, followed by grease on the rails and Hoppe's oil on everything else.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #4
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DBS, that's exactly what I'm doing now. I'm just looking for something that's a little easier for a quick cleaning/lube after shooting, when i know ill be shooting again soon. I'm going to continue to use solvent and lube separately for real dirty jobs.

A lot of people love and swear by ballistol so i might give that a try. But like sigarms said i hear break free is nice as well.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:34 PM   #5
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I don't always use CLP, but when I do I prefer Ballistol.

Sorry, I couldn't resist the Dos Equis "world's most interesting man" reference.

But Ballistol is very high quality and made in Germany. Does that sound like anything else we know?

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hahah gotta love the most interesting man in the world. Anyways im gonna try out the ballistol and see how it goes. Thanks for the feedback.
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I use CLP... Once I started using it, didn't have a reason to switch...
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Just went to Ballistol, and I like it so far. I was using a popular lube and oil and my stainless guns freckled! And these freckles don't come off! So I needed to go to something else.

Chose Ballistol because of its ability to protect surfaces against moisture/oxidation. I still grease the rails.
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I recently started using Froglube. Cleaning is a breeze... just wipe with a paper towel. It also has a pleasant odor.
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I tried Ballistol, but I just couldn't go the smell. Some like it, some don't...but the combination of old sweat socks and dirty diapers smell (it seemed to me) was more than I could take. It does work very well...that it does, no doubt...but I could still smell it for hours after I used it, so I gave up on it.

My routine now is Hoppe's Elite to clean, WeaponShield to lube and protect, and on some guns, grease on the slide/frame rails.
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Breakfree CLP was dumped years ago by the Military. The Military currently uses G96 CLP which is the best I've ever used. I highly recommend it.


G96 Products Inc. Online Store: G96 Synthetic CLP Gun Oil (4 fl. oz.)
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G96 is my favorite. Been using it for a decade or more on dang near everything I shoot. When I can't find it locally, I use Ballistol.
Either one is more than enough for a quick clean to put you back on the firing line. And, hell, for simple bird hunting or light clays shooting, you can get by on them alone, plus a wee bit of grease. Shotguns, even autoloaders, are a relative breeze to clean compared to rifles.
For a truly thorough and complete clean, especially in rifles, I go back to a true solvent and elbow grease, followed by a wee bit of oil. For oil, I am partial to Pro-Shot's Zero Friction.
Modern pistols, unless I've really leaded up a bore ... hell, whatever's at hand, G-96, Ballistol, Breakfree, RemOil, etc. Just lean into it a little bit when scrubbing out the bore, and lube 'em up properly before reassembly.

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GKC I definitely agree with you on the smell being too much. My girlfriend hates it too. I'm using gunzilla on my sig and greasing the rails.
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Where do you get G96? I've never seen it.
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