Gun lubricants and cold weather!
Let’s see the line up.
For today’s line up is
- Ballistol hailing from Germany.
- Break free CLP made In the U.S.A.
- Militec1 from the U.S.A.
- 10W60 motor oil made in the USA with a mix of domestic and imported components.
- 0w30 motor oil made in the USA with a mix of domestic and imported components.
- Heavy duty bearing grease. For out M1A, and AK guys.
The set up is simple. Each product is introduced to a 7”x7” piece of polypropylene (nylon) today is a brisk 21degreed F, and windy.
For a guide to know when to conduct the test here is a bag of tap water. Once the water freezes I will start the test. (I realize that 21F* is not extremely cold, but that’s what I have to work with today)
We got a little colder.
Now that the water is frozen we can start the test.
Bringing in the test (so I can be comfortable) as soon as I got inside I inserted 6 tooth picks into our lubricants and drew the pick across the board.
That didn’t prove much. All 6 lubricants where still of a liquid state. Even the grease was still soft.
Rubbing the tooth picks between my fingers one at a time and cleaning my hand between lubricants didn’t prove much ether. The Militec1 has a slight stickiness to it. Both the 10W60,and 0W30 both felt s little sticky. Funny enough the 10W60 felt a little more smooth between the fingers. Obviously the grease was still sticky, yet I was surprised how smooth it was. Both the Ballistol, and CLP felt good, no stickiness felt.
For the next test I held the board up vertically for :30 seconds.
Now we got something to measure.
The Ballistol did not move.
The CLP moved 2”.
The Militec1 moved 1 1/2”.
The 10W60 moved 1/4”.
The 0W30 moved 1”.
The grease did not move at all.
I personally have used Militec1, Ballistol, CLP, Motor oil,and grease for years.
Sometimes it’s nice having a spray can. Sometimes a tube of grease.
I have found myself using Militec1 for the most part for the last 8 years. After this test I believe that the Militec1 will take a back seat now, and I will most likely start using 10W60 more often.
I want to know what your thoughts on this test? What could be done better? Does it change your opinion about a product?
What do you like to use?
Leave a post, and let me know what you think!
As always be safe, and have fun!