Cleaning solution and lube for a S&W 442

Cleaning solution and lube for a S&W 442

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    Cleaning solution and lube for a S&W 442

    Hi All,

    New to the forum. I recently just picked up a S&W 442 as a BUG and wanted to know what people are using to clean and lube their revolvers? This is my first revolver and not sure where to start. My brother mentioned dry lube, but I've never used it before. I currently use Hoppes #9 for my Glock 19, but I know revolvers require more.

    Any thoughts will be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!


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    Welcome to the forum.

    I prefer Gunzilla. It's not the best for extended protection, but great for cleaning, and leaving a surface that nothing can stick to. Pink pearl erasers work wonders on the 'racoon eyes' on the cylinder as well.
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    I started using Ballistol for both revolvers and semi autos about 2 years ago. Many people speak favorably of Gunzilla and a few months back I bought some of that to see how it compares to the Ballistol I had been using. I do like both products but gave the nod to the Ballistol and continue to use it to date. Although it is a bit less expensive than Gunzilla price wasn't the deciding factor in my choice. Prior to that I used Hoppes for much of my shooting life. I suppose they all work well enough. It's a matter of choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JkCrawler View Post
    Hi All,

    New to the forum. I recently just picked up a S&W 442 as a BUG and wanted to know what people are using to clean and lube their revolvers? This is my first revolver and not sure where to start. My brother mentioned dry lube, but I've never used it before. I currently use Hoppes #9 for my Glock 19, but I know revolvers require more.

    Any thoughts will be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
    Why would revolvers require more? Your stash of Hoppes #9 will work just fine for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlr1m View Post
    Why would revolvers require more? Your stash of Hoppes #9 will work just fine for you.

    Michael
    That's good to know. My brother and his friends say that they require a lot more attention. They recommend using Hoppes along with a dry lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    I prefer Gunzilla. It's not the best for extended protection, but great for cleaning, and leaving a surface that nothing can stick to. Pink pearl erasers work wonders on the 'racoon eyes' on the cylinder as well.


    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    I started using Ballistol for both revolvers and semi autos about 2 years ago. Many people speak favorably of Gunzilla and a few months back I bought some of that to see how it compares to the Ballistol I had been using. I do like both products but gave the nod to the Ballistol and continue to use it to date. Although it is a bit less expensive than Gunzilla price wasn't the deciding factor in my choice. Prior to that I used Hoppes for much of my shooting life. I suppose they all work well enough. It's a matter of choice.
    Great feedback, keep'em coming!

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    Hoppes!

    If you shoot alot maybe some Sweets in the bore to remove copper deposits. Don't let the Sweets stay in there very long.

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    Gunzilla has a huge following here on DC. Try it, you might like it.
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    I'm not a revolver guy but I use Rem-oil on every firearm I own. No complaints from me and it's available everywhere.

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    Thanks guys for all the info. Before I posted I contacted S&W and they said not to use Hoppes due to it may ruin the finish. They did recommend break free LCP (not sure what that is, but isn't LCP a ruger pistol?). So I guess Hoppes is out of the question?

    Now is Balllistol and Gunzilla considered both a cleaner and a lubricant? Or, should I also get an oil?

    Thanks for the info and knowledge you guys have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JkCrawler View Post
    Thanks guys for all the info. Before I posted I contacted S&W and they said not to use Hoppes due to it may ruin the finish. They did recommend break free LCP (not sure what that is, but isn't LCP a ruger pistol?). So I guess Hoppes is out of the question?

    Now is Balllistol and Gunzilla considered both a cleaner and a lubricant? Or, should I also get an oil?

    Thanks for the info and knowledge you guys have!
    CLP = "Cleans, Lubricates, and Protects"

    There is a specific product named Break-Free CLP. That is what S&W was recommending.

    Break-Free®

    Be sure to shake the bottle very vigorously for about 2 minutes (yes, 2 minutes) to get the tiny particles of lubricating Teflon into suspension.

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    This is what S&W Customer Care Tech said in an email:

    "No Hoops # 9. You can use Breakfree LCP.
    Some cleaners can cause damage to your firearms.
    You should avoid prolonged solvent immersion and prolonged ultrasonic
    cleaning of your firearm. Choice of solvent should be restricted
    to those products specifically developed for firearms maintenance.
    Damage to a firearm's finish may occur if these cautions are
    ignored. Ammoniated solvents or other strong alkaline solvents,
    should not be used on any Smith & Wesson firearm. Cleaning is
    essential to ensure the proper functioning of your firearm."

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    Gunzilla cleans and lubes.
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    Humm ... I've been using Hoppes #9 on my S&W's for years. First my old Model 28 and the last couple of years on my 649. After I swab the barrel clean I do run through a light coat of CLP. Seems to work for me.

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