Remington’s Rem Oil is a superior lubricant for firearms or other machinery. Rem Oil is a petroleum based lubricant with a Teflon lubricant added. It not only lubricates but also cleans fouling, dirt and debris from gun actions, barrels and trigger assemblies. Rem Oil goes on wet with a very low viscosity (very thin consistency) but shortly dries and provides a long lasting dry film.
I have tested Rem Oil for its cleaning abilities and lubrication and it does very well especially lubrication. It’s very slippery and not does gum up or get sticky with age. I like how thin it is. It seeps into all cracks and crevices and the pores too.
Here’s my gun cleaning test featuring Rem Oil.
Here’s the carbon and powder fouling to be cleaned.
I soaked the carbon fouling with Rem Oil and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I used a few patches to wipe it clean.
You can see that most of the carbon wiped off easily, Rem Oil does clean but not as well as a straight gun cleaner like M-Pro 7 or Hoppe’s Elite.
I’ve tested many gun cleaners in the past 2 or 3 years and Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner is one of the best. I burned 3 charges of smokeless powder on a flat steel bar and then soaked it with Hoppe’s Elite. I waited 10 minutes and then wiped it clean. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
So the short answer is YES…it’s very good and non-toxic too.
The best way to use Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner is to apply a very generous amount or in other words SOAK the area to be cleaned and wait 10 minutes. Then run a few wet patches through the barrel and then a few dry patches. Done
Here is one of my gun cleaner tests featuring Hoppes Elite Gun Cleaner.
I had a few readers ask if M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner was safe for polymer pistols.
The short answer is YES.
I have used M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner on my Glocks for many years. It’s an excellent cleaner and will not damage or harm the polymer Glock frame. But be careful when using it on unprotected wood or painted wood surfaces. It may remove the paint or finish. Always test M-Pro 7 on a questionable surface before cleaning the entire weapon.
I’ve tested M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner many times and have to say it’s one of the best gun cleaners available. It’s also non-toxic and has no odor.
Here’s another frequently asked question, Is Ballistol CLP safe?
Well…that depends on how you use it.
If you use Ballistol as directed, it is safe. However there is a Danger warning label on the can. Let’s take a look.
It reads…Danger: Extremely Flammable Contents Under Pressure Harmful or Fatal If Swallowed.
So if you get Ballistol in your mouth, eyes, nose or in your bloodstream it is Not Safe. I’m not crazy about the classification of “Skin Safe and Eco Friendly” or the “Non toxic If Used as Directed”. I say, if the product can harm you, it is not Safe. It’s like saying Arsenic or Plutonium is Safe if you wear protection while handling it. That’s crazy!
Let’s define Toxic so there are no misunderstandings.
Toxic – to cause harm to or death
Now let’s look at the Warning Label on the Breakfree CLP can.
The Warning Label says: Danger:Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed Contents Under Pressure Keep Out of Reach of Children.
Even though it looks quite obvious that Breakfree CLP is Toxic BUT only if it is swallowed or inhaled or any method where the product enters the human body. If used as directed (eye and skin protection), it is safe or non-toxic to use.
adjective 1.of, pertaining to, affected with, or caused by a toxin or poison: a toxic condition. 2.acting as or having the effect of a poison; poisonous: a toxic drug. 3.causing unpleasant feelings; harmful or malicious:
OK…so toxic means causing harm to. Now let’s look at the warning label on Ballistol CLP.
You can see the “Danger” warning label on the bottom of the Ballistol can. It reads, “Danger: Extremely Flammable Contents Under Pressure Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed.”
But right above that Warning is the following, Eco Friendly! Skin Safe No Carcinogens.
So is Ballistol non-toxic? Yes, as long as you don’t ingest it. So if you use it as directed, it is non-toxic. I recommend using it only outdoors. It has a strong smell and I really do not want to breathe the fumes. I wear eye protection also.
The best gun cleaner for corrosive ammo is anything that is water based….including Simple Green and Windex.
Corrosive ammo leaves behind a type of salt and it’s not table salt but similar in that it dissolves in water and is highly corrosive. So if you use a gun cleaner that is not water based, the salt will remain in the barrel and action and slowly corrode the metal surfaces. Many people still use soap and warm water to clean firearms that have fired corrosive ammo and also black powder firearms. Soap and water does a great job at removing carbon and the salt residue from corrosive ammunition. After cleaning with soap and warm/hot water, dry the firearm and apply a good gun oil or CLP. If you use hot water, the gun will dry much quicker and it will dissolve the salt much faster.
So if you do not want to use soap and water then there are a few more options.
Ballistol mixed with warm water (90% water 10% Ballistol)
Mil Comm MC25
M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner
Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner
Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner
I would recommend Ballistol mixed with water because it lubricates and protects while it’s cleaning. The other gun cleaners only clean and do not protect the metal from corrosion. Ballistol kills 2 birds with one stone.
Another frequently asked question…Is Froglube CLP any good?
I have a lot of experience with Froglube CLP consisting of testing and actual use on firearms for several years.
So my short answer is YES. Froglube CLP is a good product. I really love the smell. Sorry… but it is also an excellent lubricant that forms a barrier and is not wet to the touch. After you apply Froglube CLP to a metal surface, you will be able to easily feel the difference. The metal surface will feel very slick/slippery. Froglube also protects metal surfaces from moisture for a very long time even in a salt water spray. When it comes to cleaning carbon and copper/lead fouling, Froglube CLP does not do as well as straight gun cleaners. Because Froglube CLP is thick and has lubricants in it, it does not soak into carbon fouling which is necessary in order to loosen it.
Froglube CLP comes in a liquid and a paste. Apply it to warm metal and let it sit. If you want to try Froglube CLP, here is a link to purchase…Froglube CLP at Amazon.com
I get this question emailed to me quite frequently. Ballistol is a cleaner, lubricant and protectant or CLP. It has been around for a very long time and has a myriad of uses from leathers to wood and metals. I have used it on several guns including an AK-47 and several Glocks.
From my experience using Ballistol on various guns and from my gun product tests, I have to definitely say that Ballistol is very good and actually better in the cleaning arena than any other CLP. Ballistol cleans carbon and powder fouling very well as long as you let it soak for about 10 minutes. It’s also a great lubricant and protectant. Ballistol also mixes with water for all you people that shoot corrosive ammo.