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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?
 

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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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