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Lube Pills

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by PAMuzzleshooter, Mar 2, 2013.

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  1. PAMuzzleshooter

    PAMuzzleshooter Member

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    I've read a lot of posts about making lube pills for over the powder wads for cap and ball revolvers.

    50/50 beeswax to crisco or 1 part to 1 part

    My question is 50/50 by weight or volume?
     
  2. Doak

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    Volume: Measure 'em out in the hot, liquid state.
     
  3. PAMuzzleshooter

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    Thanks, Doak
     
  4. Driftwood Johnson

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    It doesn't much matter. Just a chunk of beeswax and a glob of Crisco about the same size. It ain't rocket science and the ratio does not have to be perfect. Melt them in a double boiler so it doesn't catch fire.
     
  5. PAMuzzleshooter

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    Thanks Driftwood. I made some lube before (using weight, as directed), and it seemed too soft for the lube pills. I'm going to use a bit of that and just add more beeswax to stiffen it up a bit.
     
  6. pohill

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    I use beeswax and paraffin. I mix up the brew on a double boiler, and when it's done, I pour it down the barrel of a cap and ball revolver (remove barrel from frame, plug end of barrel with ear plug). When the lube mixture cools, I push it out of the barrel with a dowel and let it harden. Now I have lube sticks that are the perfect size for that particular caliber from which I can cut lube pills as needed to whatever thickness.
    As far as the ingredients - I use about 50-50 beeswax and paraffin but you can experiement for hot/cold temps, etc.
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  7. Pete D.

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    Yep.

    ^^^^^^neat idea.
     
  8. PAMuzzleshooter

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    Beats cutting them from a sheet of wax. Great idea!
     
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