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Thread: Whoops shot Ballistol into firing pin

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    Default Whoops shot Ballistol into firing pin

    Accidentally grabbed Ballistol instead of compressed air and sprayed a small amount into the firing pin of P380 while cleaning.

    Should I remove the firing pin and wipe it down or will it be OK as is?

    Thanks!

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    If it is a carry gun you should clean it out, lest it leak onto your primers. Otherwise just let it go. No harm will come. it will eventually be blasted out by shooting, until your next detailed cleaning.
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    Ballistol is not regular oil, it's made from mineral oil. It evaporates fairly quickly.
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    Shoot some brake cleaner into the clean out hole and work the striker back and forth and you should be ok. That will clean it out.
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    Gotcha. Thanks for the tips. Just curious - how often is detail-stripping and cleaning that area a good idea, generally?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cz9 View Post
    Gotcha. Thanks for the tips. Just curious - how often is detail-stripping and cleaning that area a good idea, generally?
    Good question. I dont know either but have somewhere betwn 2-300 round thru my CW380 and have never stripped the striker nor cleaned it with anything other than
    wipe off the externals. In fact, when I feel it needs a cleaning, I'll blast it with brake cleaner, blow it dry with a hair dryer, and call it a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pointblank View Post
    Ballistol is not regular oil, it's made from mineral oil. It evaporates fairly quickly.
    Correct. And when it dries, it becomes wax-like and is very sticky. It should definitely be cleaned out. That can be done by detail strip of the slide, or by flushing it well, as described by others.
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    got it. Will do. Thanks for all the tips!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RRP View Post
    Correct. And when it dries, it becomes wax-like and is very sticky. It should definitely be cleaned out. That can be done by detail strip of the slide, or by flushing it well, as described by others.
    I'm not sure what product by Ballistol you are using, but mine doesn't dry "sticky". Check out Hickok45's videos, it's all he uses and he hoses down his weapons in the stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRP View Post
    Correct. And when it dries, it becomes wax-like and is very sticky. It should definitely be cleaned out. That can be done by detail strip of the slide, or by flushing it well, as described by others.
    RE: drying sticky. The Ballistol Company claims otherwise. FYI.
    http://www.ballistol.com/longevity/
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