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Old 11-15-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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Just a FYI. I didn't see paying $4.00 an oz for bore butter since the old timers used easy to find lubes. So, I researched a few links and came up with a very useable, inexpensive and handy BP bore lube and cylinder "filler" to help prevent chain fires. It's nothing more than 60% wax, 30% Vaseline and 10% olive/coconut oil. Heat and mix, that's it. If 'ya want, you can throw in a crayon, color of your choice, to make it recognizable to you of what it is. If you want to use just one item, a wax toilet bowl ring works too. Just melt and pour into whatever container works best. I've been using paper towel or TP empty rolls, after stuff sets up, push thru and wrap with wax paper. With the price of every little thing being so much, thought I'd pass along something that works really well for me. Gonna hand some rolls out for Christmas gifts to my BP friends. By the way, a oz. went from $3.50-$4.00 to about $0.30cents. Happy Holidays
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Old 11-15-2016, 02:44 PM   #2
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Lotsa of old timers used plain lard.
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I also heard bee's wax and tallo (lard) like Paul said whatever is handy.
Although if you don't live on a farm the bee's wax may be more expensive.
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I wondered about using plain lard, kinda like, why not? But, can't plain lard get a bit too thin if gun is in holster and it's 100deg., which it is a lot of days here in TX? One recipe I saw called for 60%wax, 35%vaseline and a Tablespoon of STP Oil treatment, per 4ozs. total. Anyhow, I was pleased getting past the $3.00 per oz of bore butter cost. I always fill my cylinders up to prevent a "multiple fire" and a 4oz tube didn't last more than 50-60 shots. Didn't wanna sound like a penny pincher but when it comes to BP loads and reloading, I look at materials as a nickel here and a nickel saved there, adds up. I started shooting in 1963, so I got used to reasonable ammo cost until the ammo crunch about 5-6 years ago when .22lr went up from 3 or 4cents apiece to a dime. thank you fellas for the "like" and feedback
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Many years ago I used crisco -- probably not made any more -

"wax" toilet rings are not wax any longer -- they are a petroleum byproduct --
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Au contraire, Mssr. Crisco is still made and readily available
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Many years ago I used crisco -- probably not made any more -

"wax" toilet rings are not wax any longer -- they are a petroleum byproduct --
Not sure exact material of toilet rings, but if 'ya melt them down, they soften up and serve the purpose of filling cylinders, which helps prevent a "chain reaction" of cylinders igniting. There are a bunch of suggestions on what to use, I'm suggesting the ones I've tried and worked for me.
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Johnson's floor wax.
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Johnson's floor wax.
Hmmm, haven't heard of anyone using that, but, if you've tried it and it works, rock on
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Yes, I can just see Old D'Boone mixing up Coconut oil and pastel crayons for patch lube. Back in the day beef tallow was the big favorite. We pay over $20 bucks a pound for powder and 5 cents for caps round balls 20 cents each. Believe me the Number #9 B/P patch lube is the least expensive component.
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