Originally Posted by spittinfire
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.
you don't use oils and grease in a black powder firearms ever. You use water to clean and bear grease, goose grease, lard, or sweet oil (olive oil) and or Ballistol if you can get it to preserve your smoke pole after cleaning and drying. Do not ever use any petroleum product on a black powder firearm. Petroleum products are not compatible with the residue left in the chamber and bore after shooting.