Cleaning grease question

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by 45nut, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I have a Lyman's Great Plains Rifle .50 Hawken copy. I hadn't shot it in a while. Decided to take it and smoke up the county. I snapped some caps with the tissue trick to make sure I was getting fire through the hole and went to shoot.

    Loaded her up and had this vagrant thought of maybe doing a powder/patch first just to make sure everything was okay. I didn't and I got my first ball pull job since I started shooting BP way back in 73 or 74. I didn't even have one so I had to go to BPS and buy one. Put the barrell in a bucket of water and pulled the ball the next day.

    Cleaned the barrel today how I was trained, boiling hot soapy water and let it air dry. Now the question, do you use some kind of grease after cleaning? And what?
  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    SBGO here , ed's red before i became a SBGO convert

    for each pint of mix of ed's red i'd add 150 grams of lanolin ( wool grease)

    no need with the SBGO its got lithium and moly far better ..
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012

  3. mogunner

    mogunner Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    Eastern Missouri
    I run a patch with a fair coating of bore butter on it then a dry patch. No problems.
  4. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I've used T/C's bore butter for two decades now, works like a charm. Not as important as what you use (within reason of course), but rather that you just take regular care each time you shoot.

    I still have a lard can almost full of bear grease from a buddy's bear years ago, used that for patch lube for a while also. Just rendered down bear fat, lots of uses in the black powder arena.

    SBGO is a favorite around here though too, can't go wrong with that.
  5. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    I use Bore Butter but I always fire a blank charge to burn it all out before I load it. Don't do that with petroleum based lubes. If you use anything petro based make sure its all cleaned out before you load it.
  6. Gunslinger9378

    Gunslinger9378 New Member

    Nov 5, 2012
    Dear 45nut,
    Really depends on the climate you live in. In an Arizona summer, bore butter will melt and run all over the place. I have it on good authority that if you mix BB with some beeswax, it will stiffen up quite a bit. You'd have to experiment on the ratio's of BB to Beeswax though!
    Johnnie Roper,Alias:Gunslinger9378.
  7. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Bore Butter will run in anybody's summer heat but he was asking about protection after cleaning.
  8. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    I use nothing but SBGO.
  9. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

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