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Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by Scratchammo, Oct 16, 2011.
How were they not rusted stiff from the black powder & lack of a good cleaning kit?
The ones that did figure out how to keep them clean survived.
The ones that didn't died.
Wow that was quick! I just read that the Indians laid theirs in streams for a period of time.
Simple yet fantastic explanation.
So what was the most common way of doing it?
Hot water to clean and bacon grease (or bear, buffalo) to oil it up.
I might have to try that with my Remmy
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're probably right, the EPA loves to render good stuff less effective for the sake of our caribou.
Soap & water !
That's probably why Blondie had his in the bathtub
You think so huh !!!!!!
At our local Scout camp, the Black Powder guns are cleaned with soap and water and elbow grease. After cleaning, they go modern and spray them with CLP.
no pretroleum products in a black powder firearm
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.
I've not heard that before. I always clean my muzzleloader with Hoppe's. What do you mean by "not compatible?
Perolium products mixes with the black powder residue and creates a tar like substance that is realy dificult to get cleaned out
My 2 Cents
If anything I'll use Remington Dri-Lube in the barrel, it provides corrosion resistance while staying separate from the powder.
Maybe it works cause I use Pyrodex instead of BP. Whatever the reason it seems to get things plenty clean.
I use Pyrodex and most petroleum based lubes leave a mess that's hard to clean. Some say it's the degree to which they're refined. I dunno. I know I won't use regular gun oil anywhere near my bores or chambers. In the actions yes but you don't get much fouling there to react with it.
Wasent smokeless powder invented in the 1890's?