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Afy
September 2, 2008, 01:14 PM
I havent made lube in over a year. I know bad me...

However the recipie as I remember it was 2 parts of beeswax, 1 part of Crisco and I am not sure if it was 1 part of Parafin or something else.

I checked my BP bag, and the half tub of crisco in there still seems OK. No smell or anything. :what:

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sharps59
September 2, 2008, 01:48 PM
I use 50/50 liquid form nothing else.

arcticap
September 2, 2008, 02:48 PM
rifle mentioned more than 1 recipe for lube pills, but then stated that the recipe was equal amounts (or 1/3) of beeswax, paraffin and mutton tallow.

See rifle's posts #4 on page 1 & #29 on page 2 of this thread:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=249746&highlight=lube+pills+ingredients+recipe

He also said that his wife Junk Yard Dog sells the pills if anyone wants to try them. Call 740-824-5566.

I guess that most folks substitute Crisco for mutton tallow (Baaaaa!:D).

scrat
September 2, 2008, 04:04 PM
Gary posted a good one a few days ago. here it is

Lube Recipes

When the old timers shot their black powder cartridge rifles in competition, they generally used the following lube recipe. Although whale oil is no longer available, you can substitute cod oil, or a synthetic whale oil that is sold by Dixie Gunworks. All proportions are by volume.

50% beeswax
50% whale oil
Of course, whale oil was expensive, even back in those days, and another old standard, which was favored by buffalo hunters, substituted lard and vegetable oil for whale oil. Mutton tallow was preferred over lard, but when shooting buffalo on the plains, one had to make due with what was available. Unfortunately, lubes made with these natural ingredients have a rather short shelf life and go rancid quickly. Using deer tallow, in place of lard, increases shelf life by several years. Using Crisco, the modern favorite, eliminates concerns over lubes going rancid. For a softer lube, like commercial products such as SPG lube, reverse the proportions of beeswax and Crisco.

50% beeswax
40% Crisco, lard or tallow
10% canola or olive oil
Make sure to heat these ingredients in a double boiler, and not in a microwave, to avoid setting everything on fire! Some shooters add a touch of soap. But others feel that this is not necessary, as fats in lard and natural oils combine with alkaline salts in the black powder fouling to literally produce soap in the barrel. Supposedly, this is the secret of a good black powder lube.

Once upon a time, wax toilet rings were a cheap source of beeswax. Unfortunately, toilet rings today are made from a synthetic product that just dosen't have the same properties as beeswax. The best source these days is to find a local beekeeper and buy direct.

Here is another recipe for a lube, which is said to look and feel a lot like SPG lube, a commercial product favored by many match shooters. Some believe that Steve Garbe, the inventer of SPG, uses a little soap in his actual formula, which of course is a carefully guarded secret.

40% beeswax
30% canola oil
30% lanolin
Lastly, one of the all-time favorites is given below. It is also a great bug and wife repellent, and said to be effective as well against sexually transmitted diseases. It does not smell as pleasant as the canola oil and lanolin recipes, but if it works, who cares. Those of Cajun ancestry may use alligator grease in preference to rattlesnake fat.

50% beeswax
25% rattlesnake fat
25% skunk oil

Afy
September 3, 2008, 05:54 AM
Well being as I am in France I dont think Junkyard Dog is going to help.
But 1/3 of Beeswax, Crisco and Parafin certainly will.

4v50 Gary
September 3, 2008, 09:39 AM
Make your own lube is now part of black powder essentials.

sundance44s
September 3, 2008, 09:50 AM
I always start my lube with a 50/50 crisco /beeswax mix ...after it cools and it`s too firm I reheat and add liquid corn oil to get it right ...sometimes it may take reheating 2 or more times ..but It works well . I make up large batches and store way back in the fridge so it doesn`t get in the wife`s way ...but this way I`m only mixing about once a year .

Voodoochile
September 3, 2008, 12:14 PM
I haven't had to make any Lube all this year since my bud gave me a Huge Tube of Bore Butter for Christmas :cool::rolleyes: but my normal mix is 50/50 of Beeswax & Crisco for my C&B revolvers "including for the wads on the ones that does like Wads" & 45% Beeswax, 50% Crisco 5% of Vegetable oil for my patches "PRB's."

mtngunr
September 3, 2008, 12:51 PM
I just use beeswax and vegetable/olive-oil....no firm percentage, as this varies by use/season...microwave works fine on lower power settings....

scrat
September 3, 2008, 10:40 PM
Make your own lube is now part of black powder essentialsgood idea

JNewell
September 9, 2008, 09:49 PM
The formula in the thread "Found! Proper Felt to Make Wads! (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=123266)" has worked incredibly well for me. It doesn't smell, it doesn't turn to liquid on hot days, it makes cleanup quite easy...nuthin' not to like!

Marlin 45 carbine
September 9, 2008, 10:06 PM
for patching round ball try lubeing the patch with Go-Jo white or similar hand cleaner. doesn't take much to wet a patch.
don't use the orange stuff that has pumice grit in it.
to soak felts in I use lard/beeswax mixture.

Tony Sopranno
September 12, 2008, 03:47 AM
50% beeswax
50% whale oil

Of course, whale oil was expensive, even back in those days, and another old standard, which was favored by buffalo hunters, substituted lard and vegetable oil for whale oil. Mutton tallow was preferred over lard, but when shooting buffalo on the plains, one had to make due with what was available. Unfortunately, lubes made with these natural ingredients have a rather short shelf life and go rancid quickly. Using deer tallow, in place of lard, increases shelf life by several years. Using Crisco, the modern favorite, eliminates concerns over lubes going rancid. For a softer lube, like commercial products such as SPG lube, reverse the proportions of beeswax and Crisco.

50% beeswax
40% Crisco, lard or tallow
10% canola or olive oil
Make sure to heat these in

I was lurking on another forum regarding this same topic and there were maybe about a hundred different formulas for bullet/wad home brew lubes, etc.

I kind of lean toward the 40% paraffin, 40% mutton tallow, 20% beeswax combo myself, since it came out of a February 1943 issue of the American Rifleman (p.31). And... I also have a supply of 'free' beeswax here on the property -- two hives going at present.

After reading all the different recipes, on the other forum it seems that nearly anything works great as long as it doesn't contain the hydrocarbon molecules that's seen in petro-based oil or grease.

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?t=26524

I may experiment with paraffin, beeswax, and beef tallow (or plain bacon fat and Crisco) and throw in some olive oil to thin it out so it soaks into the dry felt wads, and then add some Murphy's Oil Soap as an emulsifier. I suppose Ballistrol could be substituted for Murphy's Oil Soap too.

It seems to me it's matter of what you have around -- the cheaper the better, and 'free' is even better still... :banghead:

If anyone has time go to this other forum to see all kinds of strange brews, that some people swear by...

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