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Old 07-24-2012, 08:55 PM   #31
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I think that I will go with the Linseed oil. As I understand it, it was used on WWI and WWII weapons, so I cannot see a problem using it on a replica of a Revolutionary or Civil weapon. Besides, I am almost certain that I will not find any whales in or around the Gulf Coast.
linseed oil was/is used on the wood not the metal parts
linseed oil is used as a finish and seals the wood
you still need a lubricant for the steel parts of the firearm.
I repeat linseed oil is not a lubricant it is a wood finish
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Cheap olive oil, huh? I think that I will practice on a piece of scrap wood before I decide to used this on a $500.00 plus replica.
I've been a rev war reenactor for almost 20 years. And olive oil will protect the steel parts of your musket. It's what they used in the 18th century and what I use today.
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linseed oil was used on the wood not the metal parts
linseed oil is used as a finish and seals the wood
you still need a lubricant for the steel parts of the firearm.
I repeat linseed oil is not a lubricant it is a wood finish
As st8line says linseed oil for the wood not metal!
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I've been a rev war reenactor for almost 20 years. And olive oil will protect the steel parts of your musket. It's what they used in the 18th century and what I use today.
here is the thing about using sperm/whale oil ad olive oil
although traditonally used for the sole purpose of keeping everything accurate to the era these types of oils are not the best thing to use as a metal lubricant due to they contain amino and fatty acids which are the same thing that causes a rusty thumb print on a piece of metal after it has been touched and not cleaned off. sperm oil contained salt so that makes it even worse to use than olive oil but here is the point I am trying to make, why would anyone put a substance on a very expensive piece of equipment when it can potentally damage the piece when there is other types of protectant lubricants specifically designed to protect the metal and not damage it for the same price if not less exensive in many instances.
i dont think anyone would not give a crap whether a revolutionary war or civil war reinactor was not being historically accurate by using petrol based lubricants and not other types of oilsthat can potentally cause the very thing they are trying to prevent.
this is one of those things we need to come out from the dark ages about just for the sake of being historically accurate
I just cant seem to get my head wrapped around this.
am I the only person who sees the logic in this or am I all alone here? another thing about using olive oil It can cause wood to rot faster than petrol based lubes due to the ingredients
just something else to think about why it is no longer used in this modern age.
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They didn't have indoor plumbing in most houses or antibiotics in the 18th C. either. Linseed oil for the wood and modern oily stuff for the metal, duh.

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I kind of agree with you, for the op he's only buying the musket for a wall hanger he can spray it down with wd-40 a couple times s year and the n put some tru-oil on the stock every few years and be all set.

As for reenactors there are different camps some try to be more authentic some less so. I kind of fall somewhere in the middle at events I try and use olive oil and brick dust but at home I use modern oils and cleaners.

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Linseed oil for the wood, not the metal....got it. though I must admit that I prefer CLP on the metal parts of all of my weapons. Besides, the Linseed oil will allow me to age the wood with dirt and sweat without having to replace the sealant. Remember, I am going for as an original used look as possible.

Now, do the Replica Kits come with slings, or is this something that is added later?

keep the comments / suggestions, and jokes coming! I am learning a lot from you all.


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Petro based lubes are fine ON the metal and in the lock work. Its when you get it in the bore of a rifle that's going to be used you have problems. If its just going to be a wall hanger douse the crap out of it with whatever you want.

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Batteries not included. I think I mentioned accessories.

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Batteries not included, huh?

That explains why my other guns have not fired on their own.....no batteries.


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