Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner
A New (2014) ‘CLP’ for Firearms*
*Editor’s note: As of Aug 10th, 2017 Wolf Premium Oils is no longer in business. A little gun oil goes a long way so if you have a bottle of this oil on your bench you should be set for a while. If not, there are many great alternatives on the market. Here are a few I’ve reviewed…
Take a trip to your local gun shop and you will find a wide selection of firearms maintenance products. My work in the firearms industry has allowed me to use and test a large number of these products. Firearm maintenance products are sold as either multi-step products (solvents and lubricants) or are all-in-one products (CLPs – Clean, Lubricate, Protect). In addition, there are some dry film products that do very well as metal protectors. In 2014 a new company, Wolf Premium Oils, launched an all-in-one gun oil and cleaner. According to their product information, their All-In-One cleaner has been tested to clean, lubricate, repel moisture, and protect from corrosion. I spoke with Mike Wolf, president, of Wolf Premium Oils about the product. He told me what was different about their product. The customer feedback they’ve had had so far has been very positive. He wanted me to try the product and give my honest impression, feeling confident that he had a product unlike any other on the market.
You know the feeling you have when you handle a good product for the first time. You can’t always put your finger on what it is about it that makes it shout quality, but Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner is one of those products.
The first thing that I noticed was the smell (or the lack thereof). This is one product that can be used in the house without offending anyone as to its odor. While a strong smelling gun solvent may bring back fond memories of grandpa working on his shotgun in the shed, using an almost scentless product like Wolf’s will be met with little to no resistance to cleaning firearms in the house – even then same room as someone with a sensitive sniffer.
The next thing I noticed was the viscosity and feel of the oil. It flows nicely from the bottle, but is not too thin. This is a good thing in a gun lubricant. You need a product that will penetrate areas where it is needed, but stay in place during use. Rubbing this oil between my fingers you can feel it is very slippery. After taking an initial look at the product I went to wash my hands. The water on my fingers coated in Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner beaded and ran off, which brings me to my next point – water repellency.
A good protectant will prevent water from penetrating the product and coming in contact with the metal. Wolf oil protects guns like waxing your truck, by causing water to bead up and run off. This means that rust and corrosion are less likely to occur.
Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner – As a Cleaner
Wolf Oil was engineered as a lubricant and protectant, but is being marketed as a cleaner as well. I put the product through some rudimentary testing to see how effective it is at basic cleaning tasks. I randomly grabbed a rifle from the vault and proceeded to run a patch with a few drops of Wolf Oil on it, down the bore. I was somewhat surprized at how much carbon my first pass pulled out – I am very meticulous when it comes to cleaning firearms (you can blame the army for that trait). I brushed the bore for 20 strokes and they ran another wet patch followed by a dry patch to mop out the oil and crud. I then brushed the bore again for 20 strokes and ran another wet patch followed by a dry patch. I finished up with another dry patch and as you can see the patch came out very clean. Examining the bore I saw why the last patch came through clean – the bore was as bright and clean as I had ever seen.
It will take a bit more testing before I understand how good Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner is at stripping copper fouling from a bore, but these initial results in removing carbon were impressive.
Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner – As a Lubricant
I will be publishing a comprehensive review on firearms lubricants, and will include Wolf Oil in that line-up. From my initial impressions and non-scientific testing to-date, the Wolf Oil is an exceptional lubricant. I applied Wolf Oil to several of my semi-autos rifles, shotguns, and pistols. They all cycle very smoothly. I have not tested this oil until failure (when a malfunction occurs due to lubrication), however I expect it will perform very well.
Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner – As a Protectant
I did a little demonstration to illustrate the water repelling properties of Wolf Oil. On an untreated, painted piece of metal I place a drop of water. The water pooled and just sat on the metal. Next I treated half of the steel will Wolf Oil, and left the other half untreated. An interesting aside I accidentally touched the edge of the untreated metal with an oily finger. I reapplied the water to the metal. The water on the steel treated with Wolf Oil (including a small bead where my oily finger had been) beaded, while untreated area pooled as in the first test. Finally I dumped the water off of the metal and gave it a light tap. The water on the treated area(s) rolled off nicely, while the untreated area still had water adhering to the surface.
The fact that the Wolf Oil repels water so well, leads me to believe that this is an excellent product to protect any firearm from corrosion.
Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner is a ‘premium’ product. Its properties make it an excellent lubricant and metal protector. Initial tests indicate that this oil will also do a good job of removing carbon fouling. I almost forgot to mention that it is economically priced at $9.95 for a 2oz bottle, enough for 60 cleanings according to Mike Wolf. An all-in-one ‘oil’, with virtually no odor, Wolf All-In-One Gun Oil & Cleaner is well worth including in anyone’s shooting box.
Disclaimer: Wolf Premium Oils sent me a sample of their All-In-One Gun & Cleaner to evaluate and provide feedback on their product. I am not affiliated with them in any way and am not receiving any financial remuneration for the review or sales that may result from this review.