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Old 10-16-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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Default How did cowboys & outlaws keep their guns clean?

How were they not rusted stiff from the black powder & lack of a good cleaning kit?

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Old 10-16-2011, 07:42 PM   #2
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The ones that did figure out how to keep them clean survived.

The ones that didn't died.

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

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

The ones that didn't died.
Simple yet fantastic explanation.
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So what was the most common way of doing it?

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

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I might have to try that with my Remmy

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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.

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

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