Cleaning grease question

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

  1. 45nut

    45nut Active Member

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    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

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    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 ..
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  3. mogunner

    mogunner Well-Known Member

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    I run a patch with a fair coating of bore butter on it then a dry patch. No problems.
  4. aa1911

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    I use nothing but SBGO.
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