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Scratchammo 10-16-2011 08:40 PM

How did cowboys & outlaws keep their guns clean?
 
How were they not rusted stiff from the black powder & lack of a good cleaning kit?

canebrake 10-16-2011 08:42 PM

The ones that did figure out how to keep them clean survived. ;)

The ones that didn't died. :o

Scratchammo 10-16-2011 08:45 PM

Wow that was quick! I just read that the Indians laid theirs in streams for a period of time.

Boyerracing343 10-16-2011 08:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 602860)
The ones that did figure out how to keep them clean survived. ;)

The ones that didn't died. :o

Simple yet fantastic explanation. :D

Scratchammo 10-16-2011 09:04 PM

So what was the most common way of doing it?

eldarbeast 10-16-2011 09:24 PM

Hot water to clean and bacon grease (or bear, buffalo) to oil it up.

eldarbeast

Scratchammo 10-16-2011 09:26 PM

I might have to try that with my Remmy

spittinfire 10-16-2011 09:54 PM

They had oils and greases just like we do today. I would agrue that theirs may have been better thanks to the EPA.

Anyway, I imagine the average guy learned quickly how much abuse his weapon could take and cared for it accordingly. In those days a pistol/rifle was a tool so it would need care so that if fuctioned. Functionality is what they were after, period.

Scratchammo 10-16-2011 10:07 PM

You're probably right, the EPA loves to render good stuff less effective for the sake of our caribou.

303tom 10-17-2011 01:24 AM

Soap & water !


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