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Spikes Nickel Boron Bolt Carrier Group


First, Spikes Tactical is an outstanding company from Florida with great customer service. I've had nothing but great experiences with them. I am in no way affiliated with Spikes Tactical.

Second, the BCG they say is made "in-house" by them and the Nickel Boron coating is done by Fail Zero.

I bought the NiB BCG because I had heard and read that they required no lube because the NiB had "self lubricating" properties. I can say that I haven't found that to be true.

I will say that it does run longer without lube than a regular BCG, but it still needs lube. Maybe not as much as a normal BCG.

I took it out and shot maybe 600 to 800 rounds through it, not all at once but over several sessions and a 3 gun match. I didn't have any problems but the grime was getting to be too much so I had to clean it.

I had also heard that you could just "wipe it off" and it would be good as new. Well I tried that. It really didn't work. The carbon fouling on the bolt was pretty bad and it needed to be soaked in BF CLP and some other solvent I had, then scrubbed with a copper brush and tooth brush. I finally got it pretty clean but the coating was discolored. For me, the discoloration wasn't a big deal because I'm not too concerned with the looks but I was very disappointed that the BCG didn't "wipe clean".

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As you can see it didn't really clean up like I thought it would. The finish is discolored from the heat I guess.

It runs perfect. A lot of people that purchased these complained about the finish. It shows tooling marks horribly. The tool marks are on every BCG but the NiB coating exaggerates them. Again, looks aren't as important as function to me.

To sum it up, I am pretty disappointed in it. For the price paid, I expected it to be amazing. Its not amazing, its just OK.

Worth the money.. IMO, No. It works but it doesn't perform exactly as they say in terms of wiping clean and being able to run totally lubeless.

I have since done another test with it and found that if lubed, maybe not as much as what some people lube, but if lubed some, the carbon on the bolt comes off a lot easier. If I go shoot a lot, allow the rifle to sit for a few days before cleaning it, the carbon hardens and is a pain to get off.

If you have any questions I'll try to answer them.


3 Comments

NiBo is a darn fine coating with excellent wear characteristics and provides excellent lubricity. It is used in jet engines as a wear coating in various areas and works well. But it does look somewhat worn and ugly after use but that is really all cosmetic. Im not sure why superficial wear and marks make it look worse than it really is. All that said, my RRA has a hard chromed BCG and it looks fine after cleaning but I didn't put near the number of rounds through it as you appear to have with your Spikes. I'm very happy with my RRA but if the need arises for another BCG I will still consider the Spikes knowing the performance characteristics of NiBo.
I like the Nickel Boron coating on my LOKI bolt. It gives a little more longevity when it's duty and could use more oil. I would go as far as to never oil my rifle unless I had to out of desperation. The thing I like most is how carbon buildup cleans off much easier.
Great review!! I will be saving my money by NOT buying an NiB-X BCG. Thanks!!