At first, I was skeptical about anything Italian, as I'm married to one, and yeah... we'll leave that one right there. However, I've been looking for a gun lubricant that will actually do everything it claims to do. CLP, Rem-Oil and other thin petroleum products just don't work in Alaska, especially when the temperature drops below freezing.
I took my .30-30 to the range while working a load, and had ice crystals forming under the lever after cleaning and lubing with CLP. I'll use it in the summertime, but it's not a year around dependable lubricant for the environment I live in.
Chris initially called me and we talked about IGG and I told him that I'd try it out for sure, to send me a bottle, but since it's not yet full winter, I was going to hold off on my testing to see how it would work. Well, the last few days in Anchorage have been on the cold side, not yet below freezing, but still on the chilly side of the 50 degree mark. I've left my 1911 unholstered in the garage, at ambient temperature and with the Gun Grease applied; it fed and extracted 4 magazines of 230 grain Federal Hydrashok ammo flawlessly after a cleaning and 72 hours sitting static on my bench. No heat, just ambient temperature. Daytime highs here have been in the low 50's and getting as low as high 30's at night. This is impressive to me, as this gun hates any kind of cold.
I've also noticed a lack of dust accumulation on the firearm after applying the gun grease. Everyone knows that oil attracts dust, but the IGG doesn't to the same degree as other cleaning lubricants, and that's a plus. One thing I can't stand is a maintenance cleaning of a firearm I haven't fired at the range just because it's dusty from repeated use as a carry firearm. If I'm going to do the work to clean it, I damn sure want the gun to be dirty enough to justify it, and that means recoil therapy. Recoil therapy with a primary carry gun isn't a good thing, as that would mean something bad just happened.
I have still yet to do serious cold weather testing with this lube, so please stand by for further test results. I also want to test this lubricant side by side with CLP, Rem-Oil and others in the same model firearm in chronograph testing with factory loads. I figure if the lube is up to speak for its testimonials, the proof is in the pudding. After I test factory loads, I'll test hand loads, but specific loads tested with weighed, not thrown charge weights accurate within 1/100th of a grain of powder.
I'm having fun with this testing, and so far, I'm SOLD on IGG. My wife told me that I went Italian once, so I can never go back. With IGG, that's the damn truth.
B. Allen - Anchorage, AK