Comprehensive Corrosion Test: 46 Products Compared

Day At The Range have posted an incredibly comprehensive evaluation of 46 different gun care products.

We all want to use goods quality products on our guns, bows, fishing gear, knives, autos, hunting and lake front gear and like you I’m not a fan of letting things get rust on them nor am I a fan of items wearing out prematurely. To protect my investment in gear, I began searching for rust inhibitors and lubrication solutions to make the maintenance of my gear as effective and efficient as possible but I understand that neglect is the primary cause of corrosion and wear and we must be diligent but having a corrosion inhibitor and lubricants aiding us in meeting those goals is helpful.

The problem is there are so many products on the market all making claims of how well they perform. Who do you trust? What is one to believe?

If you don’t read it now, bookmark it for later reference.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • hkryan

    Holy crap! Nice info!

  • Holy time on your hands batman he must have over 1000hrs into that testing…

    Although I feel a whole lot better about going to frog lube recently now…

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I wouldn’t. Put a froglubed gun in the freezer and tell me how awesome it is :/

      It’s a fine product if you don’t live anywhere it gets very cold. And you don’t mind it’s very tough to apply in small amounts.

      • Nicks87

        I’m from South Dakota and have used it in my AR15 while hunting there in sub zero temps without any problems. Are you sure you are following the directions properly? Not trying to be a dick, just wondering.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I wouldn’t say I used an exorbitant amount of lube. But I shoot my two carbines exclusively suppressed unless I am forced not to for some reason, so I usually have a little more lube than the bare minimum.

          As to “directions” for lube. If it requires anything more than a drop in the cam pin hole on the AR-15 carrier or put where needed as needed… It’s already a failure compared to other lubes that offer exactly that. Their “heat treatment” claims are outright laughable, but that’s another story.

          Put a little froglube in the freezer. It turns to absolute gum. It’s funny because “all the cool kids” were hyping up froglube, used it, some realized it has issues, and now those same “cool kids” are on to other products. The majority is just getting into Froglube without realizing a lof of people who really shoot a lot have already moved on.

          I will say, the only three issues I had with froglube were that it is hard to apply in small amounts, the bottle leaks all over the place, and it has terrible cold weather performance. If those issues didn’t apply to me, I’d still be using it.

          • Fox218

            Every time I hear of someone having problems with froglube its because they apply it like normal clp and complain when it doesn’t perform. Follow the directions next time. If you had heat treated it you probably would have had no issues.

          • dan

            Like Nicks87 I too am from Sodak, froglube is not my normal lube, I used it on my AR in neg 20 degree weather without issue, in fact we didn’t experience any of the problems you described. I would’t say its the cats meow nor would I say it’s inferior it did what it was supposed to and that’s all I asked of it.

  • dan

    Before anyone even dares to criticize the efforts made in that test, they had better post something as comprehensive to prove it and not their “expert” keyboard warrior opinion.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Great find Steve. Comment I left on the site itself:

    Excellent test!! Although one massive flaw with your testing is extremely unfortunate.

    You absolutely must test the cold temperature performance. Specifically of Froglube. According to your testing it’s a great product, according to my real world cold weather testing, it’s garbage and I’d never use it again – ever.

    It’s the only lube I’ve ever used that literally turns to gum under 20 degree F. So much so that with my froglubed AR, inserting a mag and releasing the bolt – nothing would happen. The bolt release would jingle around but the bolt stayed exactly where it was. This frozen back bolt and carrier despite an A5 buffer system with an extra strength rifle spring (over the weaker carbine spring). This effect went away after enough banging and then using the forward assist (remember how no one “needs” those?) to get the bolt closed, fire a round and then it was fine for the rest of the day.

    But this is extremely poor cold weather performance that I found entirely unacceptable. Your test makes no attempt to monitor viscosity over temperature, so I’d recommend a follow-up.

    Fwiw, I’d also recommend adding fire clean to the mix. I’ve found it to be identical or superior to froglube in nearly every aspect.

    • Fox218

      Question. How did you apply the frog lube? Did you do the heat treatment and wipe off the excess. I can see it gooping up if you over applied it but not if it was heat treated and the excess removed. But then again I have zero experience with frog lube in cold weather so I really just need some more information from you. Thanks in advance.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        “heat treatment”… heh.

        I put lube in and move along. If it requires a “special process” where the “lube is absorbed into the metal” (100% BS statement) I’m not specifically interested.

        But to answer your question, I would not say there was a ridiculous amount of lube in the gun. It’s just that it turns to gum when cold.

        • Fox218

          Well if you didn’t follow directions and apply it properly then you observation was flawed to begin with.

  • Fox218

    I’ve used frog lube for a few years now. Was extremely skeptical at first but It’s all I use now. Location South Georgia so I can’t speak about cold weather performance. But it does a fantastic job against the humidity down here.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Froglube sounded good until I watched that kid drop a hot BCG into a jar of it and it lit up like Sterno.

      • Fox218

        I think I saw the same video. Hoppe’s No. 9 in that small of glass container might have done the same thing. I know there is a video of hoppes but it has a much larger container than the froglube. I use it almost exclusively for the rust prevention. Those hot south Georgia days and humidity wreck havoc.

  • Wow, you’re awesome! That’s a great effort. Thank you for sharing it here. This is very useful information 🙂