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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:28 pm 
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First ran across this study about a year ago and as a result of reading this I switched to Hornaday One Shot for lubricating and protecting my handguns. Once I started I started shooting trap I used the same products for my shotgun (A300 Outlander) as I do for my pistols, MPRO 7 for the bore/barrel and One Shot for lubrication/protection.

Based on my experience after one year, I think One Shot is great for lubrication and protection. YMMV.




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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:19 am 
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Because I just moved to insanely humid Florida I'm interested in using WD-40 Specialist only on the finish of my firearms. It's nearly 40% cheaper per ounce than the Hornady spray.

Does anyone know if this product is harmful to gun finishes?

For the people who bought the WD-40 Speciialist, what is your personal review of its performance?


I live in the swamp land known as Florida. I have been using the Specialist line of WD-40 Long Term Corrosion Inhibitor for almost 2 years after reading this report. I apply via a rag and never spray directly on a gun. It works great and it is all I use on the exterior of firearms! I try not to get any on wood or internally as it is not a lubricant. However, if I get a little on the wood finish I have just wiped it off and have seen no damage to oil finishes or epoxy based ones. As others have stated, I just wish it was not under such high pressure but if you use a rag it is controllable. Because that product worked so well, I also tried in the Specialist Line from WD-40 their Rust Release Penetrant Spray. FANTASTIC product also! I have been able to break loose rusted hose bibs and bolts on car parts that previously never budged using the various other products that are supposed to penetrate.
I am now using the Water Resistant Silicone lubricant also in the Specialist Line but it is too early to report on it.
I am convinced that the Specialist Line from WD 40 has some wonderful products and is a well kept secret. I now look first for one from that line when I need a product for a specific application. At least the two that I have used extensively have been far better than anything else I have ever tried.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:05 pm 
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I just discovered this thread, and read the heck out of it. If I was going to pick one product to lube and protect my firearms, it would be Hornady One Shot. I'm currently using Valvoline synthetic motorcycle oil for a lube, since it works well and is cheap; one quart will probably outlast me. I chose the motorcycle version because it's *supposedly a better corrosion inhibitor. I don't know how well it would play with One Shot, because sometimes two oils will mix and create a sticky lacquer.

Moreover, any petroleum product carries a risk of being carcinogenic. To that end, I'm currently looking at trying food-grade lubricants. I've seen stand mixers that ran for 95% of a twelve-hour shift- something has to keep them running, and I want to know what it is. As soon as I find out, I'll post that info here.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:26 pm 
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Well, looks like Frog Lube is the overall winner. I will have to try it.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:35 pm 
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Am I right when I say that it looks to me as if any one of those products will work if used regularly? Even over long storage my guns get taken out of the safe and wiped down about once a month. I like Rig Grease but don't see that it was tested. Lots of good information here but I will stick to my Rig Grease.

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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:27 pm 
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I would not use Frog Lube for long term storage. I tried this on an old Model 1912 20ga and it was dry as a bone after sitting for a year. It's water based.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:59 pm 
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Used frog lube based upon the results of this to clean a new V3. Really got that stock gunk out of there and lubricated very well. Thanks for putting in the work!


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:31 am 
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It is very rare to read such a qualitative and useful report. I am also a pedant, and I do not like arms that are not well-groomed. Always want to hold in your hands any items that please you with appearance. Professionally, I am also associated with firearms, since I sell on the individual Internet safes for safe storage through the site http://gunsafery.com/. This blog helps me in many ways to understand and expand my accessories for gun safes, which will protect the investment in equipment with corrosion inhibitors and various lubricants. Thanks again for the helpful review and article.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:36 am 
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Very interesting review! I really like Froglube CLP but Froglube solvent was almost useless for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:09 pm 
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Great experiment(s) and detailed results--- thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:38 am 
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Sergio709 wrote:
It is very rare to read such a qualitative and useful report. I am also a pedant, and I do not like arms that are not well-groomed. Always want to hold in your hands any items that please you with appearance. Professionally, I am also associated with firearms, since I sell on the individual Internet safes for safe storage through the site http://gunsafery.com/. This blog helps me in many ways to understand and expand my accessories for gun safes, which will protect the investment in equipment with corrosion inhibitors and various lubricants. Thanks again for the helpful review and article.


I’m sorry, but this link is to a pretty worthless “gun Safe review” site compared to many out there.

Here’s my advice:

-By an American made safe of at least 11 gauge USA steel. Liberty, USA made Browning’s and Champions, Ft. Knox, USA made Amsecs, Champions and the like. (Note - these are still really “residential security containers” (RSC’s) and not true “Safes”. 7 gauge steel is preferred.

-Bolt it to the floor with good anchor bolts.

- Don’t buy Chinese made big box Safes. The steel is inferior, the drywall used for fire protection may off gas terribly and may actually contribute to corrosion.

- Look into a good insurance policy for your Guns and don’t assume your homeowners policy will replace your guns

- Don’t publicicize or brag online about what guns you own

- Buy a bigger safe than the “gun capacity” ratings advertised depending on how many Guns you need to store - especially if you have rifles with scopes, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:23 pm 
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I'm having trouble locating Hornaday ONE Shot hd-Extreme Gun Cleaner and Lube for sale anyplace online. Is it because everybody is buying it or was it discontinued by Hornaday ?


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:43 pm 
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Also on gun safes. Almost every gun museum I've been in displayed the guns horizonal. And it made me think that it would be better to store guns that way so oil would not run into the wood stock, assuming it was wood. Many old guns have stocks saturated with oil where the wood becomes brittle. Also I have seen a lot of Winchester Model 12's with crushed stock pads which I'm assuming resulted from being stored for a long time standing the gun up on the stock. Ideally the gun should be stored with all or any wood higher than any metal part to prevent any oil from leaching into the wood. All my guns are currently in hard cases laying horizonal. Not ideal but better than standing up in a safe or in the corner of a closet. I think browning made a horizonal chest style gun safe. A cover on this style could be a problem opening and closing if it were heavy. Maybe a solution would be storing guns on the barrel end with the stock straight up. But I don't know the long term effect of storing this way on a gun barrel. Could it bend it slightly? The other solution is a secured room with a safe door like Browning is currently selling. But how expensive is it to build a secure room. I'm looking for the best way to store my 40 long guns safely from thieves and damage. Haven't figured it out yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:34 pm 
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I have been storing my guns muzzle down for a very long time for all the reasons listed by Dead Duck Flying. I have also used a "Golden Rod" heating element for several decades. No issues whatsoever with rust.

"But I don't know the long term effect of storing this way on a gun barrel. Could it bend it slightly?"

I can't imagine any barrel "bending" due to its own weight resting on the muzzle while in that muzzle down position. IMO, it is impossible.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:23 pm 
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Well, this is an older - but extremely informative thread, many thanks to the OP for taking the time and effort.
As per this thread and some of my own research, I just bought some Froglube and solvent. I'm of the opinion - as the OP suggested that if you have been using something that may not have gotten rave reviews here, but it works well for you - no need to change. I'm also of the opinion that if you are on top of your maintenance most anything will work. Those caveats aside, since I'm new to this sport - and the Froglube hit the right buttons, why not give it a go.


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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:57 pm 
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Interesting test results. I've Ballistol for everything for years and it just works.

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 Post subject: Re: Results of gun care product evaluation
PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:59 am 
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Thanks for taking the time to run the tests.
The products I use are FP 10 for internal lube and Corrosion X for external protection.
Admittedly they may not have scored the highest but they have been serving my firearms very well. I take good care of my guns so I do not need extreme protection.

A useful tip I can offer is to buy one of these fleecy car wash mitts at an auto parts store. Spray it pretty well with your outside rust protection product. Use it to quickly and thoroughly wipe down your shotgun. You can store it in a ziplock. I always wear disposable rubber gloves when cleaning shotguns. The rubber glove prevents the product from getting on your skin as over time the product will saturate through the mitt.

For quick bore leaning I really like those full length fleece bore cleaning rods. I keep a very small amount of Corrosion X on mine. Once a year I put I "chuck up" a 10 gauge bore cleaning brush on a short rod in my cordless drill to remove plastic deposits in the chamber. Ten gauge bore brush is just the right size to clean a 12 gauge chamber.


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 Post subject: a bulk oil
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:05 pm 
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I think this is monumental piece of work and very interesting results. But at this point, I am looking for standard commodity oils to use rather than gun specific products. I saw a video that said that Hoppe's is nothing more than mineral oil. I looked up its MSDS and wasn't exactly able to verify that. Based on the CAS number, it actually looked like something commonly sold as hydraulic fluid.

Nevertheless, I have a gallon of mineral on the way.

I would like to also find a PAO synthetic oil. I don't know that it would be much different than synthetic motor oil (probably in the additives), but I am open to suggestions. This is mostly for oiling the barrel after cleaning. Looks like Hoppes Synthetic blend is either discontinued or at least unavailable. Amazon has it but its $12 for 2.5 oz.

Anyone use Synthetic motor oil in a shotgun barrel?




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