Ballistol CLP is a very popular CLP and if you use corrosive ammo, it’s a must have. Let’s see how well it reduces metal wear. I have used it on my Zastava AK-47 and it performed very well.
Here’s the Ballistol CLP and a gun cleaner, Otis General Purpose Blend to clean the surfaces after the wear test.
Here’s the heart of the gun oil metal wear test…2 pieces of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. The base is 0.5″ x 4″ x 24″ and the sled is 1″ x 4″ x 6″. The sled is moved back and forth on top of the base…the movement is like a gun action. Both surfaces are polished with 400 grit sandpaper. This finish is rougher than any firearm but it makes it easy to see wear without performing a large number of cycles like 10,000. This makes comparing oil performance easy. If a gun oil performs well with this soft, rough aluminum alloy then it will really shine on a smooth hardened gun action.
Let’s get into the gun oil test.
I applied a few squirts of Ballistol CLP on the base and then the sled. Then I spread it evenly with several patches. I wiped the excess off with 2 more patches.
Having the Ballistol CLP evenly spread and excess wiped off, I can start the test. It’s very simple…I slide the sled on top of the base for 75 cycles and then examine the wear. One cycle is the forward and back motion of the sled. I do not apply any downward pressure, only the weight of the sled creates the friction/wear.
Here is a close up during the test. You can see the Ballistol streaks.
This is the bottom of the sled after the test has been completed. I’ll clean it off so you can see the wear areas.
I placed a few drops of Otis General Purpose Blend gun cleaner on the base. You can see it instantly cleaned the areas where the drops are.
Here’s the sled with a few drops of Otis General Purpose Blend cleaner. The large blob in the center is the cleaner. It’s very effective.
A few clean patches and the sled and base are very clean…thanks to Otis General Purpose Blend.
Here’s a close up of one end of the sled. You can see a small area of light wear. Ballistol performed very well.
This is the other end of the sled. There is very little metal wear.
Conclusion: Ballistol CLP is a very good lubricant. It reduced metal wear better than most gun oils even though it is a multi-purpose product. My only reservation is the strong smell and need for a well ventilated area in order to use it.
If you are interested in either Ballistol CLP or Otis General Purpose Blend gun cleaner, here is a link to buy them online….Ballistol CLP or Otis General Purpose Blend gun cleaner at Amazon.com.