How did cowboys & outlaws keep their guns clean?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by Scratchammo, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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

    canebrake New Member

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

    The ones that didn't died. :eek:
     

  3. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    Wow that was quick! I just read that the Indians laid theirs in streams for a period of time.
     
  4. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Simple yet fantastic explanation. :D
     
  5. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    So what was the most common way of doing it?
     
  6. eldarbeast

    eldarbeast New Member

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

    eldarbeast
     
  7. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    I might have to try that with my Remmy
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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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.
     
  9. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    You're probably right, the EPA loves to render good stuff less effective for the sake of our caribou.
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Soap & water !
     
  11. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    That's probably why Blondie had his in the bathtub :D
     
  12. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    You think so huh !!!!!!
     

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  13. Jeepergeo

    Jeepergeo New Member

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    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.
     
  14. eaglesnester

    eaglesnester New Member

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    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.
     
  15. bearcreek

    bearcreek New Member

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    I've not heard that before. I always clean my muzzleloader with Hoppe's. What do you mean by "not compatible?
     
  16. Fisherking

    Fisherking New Member

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    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

    F.K.
     
  17. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    If anything I'll use Remington Dri-Lube in the barrel, it provides corrosion resistance while staying separate from the powder.
     
  18. bearcreek

    bearcreek New Member

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    Maybe it works cause I use Pyrodex instead of BP. Whatever the reason it seems to get things plenty clean.
     
  19. Hawg

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    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.
     
  20. lonewolf101

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    Wasent smokeless powder invented in the 1890's?