Cleaning Black Powder Cartridge Guns

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by Shrek73, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle TFF Chaplain Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Thanks, guys. That's why this is such a great forum. I told you what I do and you supplement my knowledge, give me some real help. I'll have to do some checking on Ballistol and "best firearm oil".
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  2. Shrek73

    Shrek73 Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    Arlington, TX
    Checked all of my revolvers that I cleaned with Ballistol last weekend and there are no indications of corrosion or rust. I am sold!
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  3. Dave_T

    Dave_T Active Member

    Aug 22, 2018
    Starting back about 1985 I started competing in cowboy action shooting matches (before it became IPSC in boots). Two or three times a month I would shoot two revolvers, a lever action rifle, and a double barreled shotgun with black powder hand loads. When I got home after each match I woulds completely disassemble each gun, clean it with hot soapy water, dry it then spray it down with WD-40 to dispel moisture, and finally wipe off the excess. The guns were all original 19th Century models and in 11 years of that I never found one speck of rust or corrosion.

    I got away from CAS and black powder guns until about 2012 or so when I got back into single action revolvers. I don't always shoot black powder but when I do I started using just water to dissolve the BP residue and to scrub the brass. Then I spray/wipe the revolvers down with Ballistol. Works just fine.


    PS: Ballistol works when I shoot smokeless powder as well.
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