Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kyron4, Oct 26, 2021.
Before a hunt it gets a shot of brake
cleaner through the nipple then a dry
patch wipe and I'll stick a patch in the
muzzle and pop a cap or two and make
sure the channel is clear ( the patch will
If I'm where it's convenient I've also used
a rubber tipped blow gun on an air hose
Some may cringe and call BS but that’s me.
Dry patch out thoroughly
Oil immediately with Standard Protective Gun Oils (BreakFree, CLP, RemOil, WeaponShield, Hornady 1-Shot (Black Can)... etc, etc) --- like you would any gun
Before next shooting seesion, dry patch out bore/nipple/flash channel --- like you would any gun
BP weapon maintenance/protection is no different than any other. Take care of it --- like you would any gun
One pot I put soap into it.
I run a patch down the barrel with the nipple less barrel in the soapy water, next I put the barrel into the clean water (all while having gloves on).
When the water comes out clean I let the barrel sit for a few minutes to dry the run a patch through the barrel.
While the barrel is still warm I put Bore Butter on a patch and run that through the barrel and reassemble the rifle.
Done for the season.
For Italian repro's only.
I'd check w/ the N-SSA troops ( as was I back when I was a real person) who do this for a living.
BreakFree was King
I'm not going to comment on how I clean a firearm that has been fired with Black Powder because my method differs from most.
However, after cleaning the firearm; rifle, revolver, or shotgun, I soak a patch in Ballistol, place it in the slotted end of a cleaning rod, and run it through the bore. Bore and chambers of a revolver.
Then I follow up with a dry patch to mop up the excess.
This leaves a thin coating of Ballistol in the bore and/or bore and chambers.
Black Powder fouling is extremely hygroscopic. It will attract moisture out of the air. The combination of damp BP fouling in contact with steel is what causes corrosion.
I have lots of old rifles and revolvers with old, pitted bores. It is next to impossible to remove every last molecule of BP fouling from down in the pits of an old bore. Coating the bore (and the pits) with a light coating of BP compatible oil, such as Ballistol will saturate the fouling with oil. Once saturated with oil BP fouling cannot absorb any more moisture out of the air and is rendered harmless. I have been doing this for about 20 years, None of my old pitted bores (or shiny new ones) shows any corrosion after doing this.
I do not bother to dry the thin layer of Ballistol before firing the rifle, revolver, or shotgun.
I simply load up and fire. This is of course with cartridge guns, so there is no question of contaminating fresh powder with oil. I suppose if I was shooting a flintlock or a cap lock I would run a dry patch or two down to remove all the Ballistol.
Check out the various uses for Ballistol on their website: https://ballistol.com/uses/
After cleaning my .54 Hawken for the last time at the end of deer season. I will coat the bore with a CLP, Breakfree or Lucas Extreme Duty. Before loading it again, I run two or three dry patches down the bore. Never had a problem with either rust during storage or hard fouling when shooting resumes.
Actually, be prepared for some discoloration on that first dry patch coming out of storage. Allowing CLP to soak in there for a few months pulls out some more crud.
24 hrs later- Run some patches thru few time, Checking all is clean, After that one thin layer of final protective oil and she waits to slay in slumber till next season.
They also used sweet oil, more commonly known today as olive oil.
I shoot about 50 rounds at a time between cleaning, maybe if I did more it would be an issue?
Either way, Ballistol contains petroleum oil, but somehow thats not an issue.
If you are worried about oil, alcohol isn't going to do it. Acetone/MEK/industrial degreaser would. Probably not worth the effort.
You can always lube the barrel with olive oil.
"Petroleum oil" is not a very specific term. I used it above trying to differentiate Ballistol from basic gun oil.
Ballistol contains mineral oil, which is a petroleum by-product derived through fractional distillation of crude oil. Various crude oil products come from the same source, but different refining processes result in different things with different properties, as in mineral oil, motor oil, heating oil, etc.
Yes,but no one here is talking about putting tar or polystyrene in their gun barrels. The petroleum oil in ballistol is going to be conventional liquid oil, much like motor oil, baby oil, chain oil or any of the other liquid tower products. Chemically, they won't break down much differently in firing BP.
Edit to add: And I hate the smell, but use it anyway.
and Oleic Acid to keep the Italians happy (think olive oil)
It is not water soluble, but rather forms an emulsion when water is added as a carrier in dilution,
and is slightly alkaline to mitigate hydroscopic BP (salt) residues.
Not my 1st choice for preservation, but it does work.
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