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Old 08-07-2007, 03:01 PM
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I'm a civilwar reenactor. most of the time just plain old olive oil keeps all the guns looking like brand new, then once in a blue moon I remove a gun from its oil-cloth to find a dissaster. do any of you have a solution?
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Old 08-07-2007, 04:14 PM
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First off, it is important that all traces of fouling are removed from the gun in all parts. After a thorough cleaning, make sure the gun is completely dry by using alcohol-soaked patches or cloth and follow with dry patches. The gun is now ready to be oiled. My favorite for the bore is T/C Bore Butter. Just apply to a patch and use a jag to run it up and down the bore a few times. The external portions of the gun are best protected by a different substance. Regular gun oil works for most, but for long storage periods or maximum rust preventative, Birchwood Casey Sheath is the way to go. It's amongst the most effective at keeping rust off of a firearm (or other metals if you need ). The last part of gun care is storage. Ideally, it is stored out of a case or sheath so that air can flow freely around it. A simple gun rack will do for this. A small dehumidifier or silica gel should be used in high humidity environments; if they're in a cabinet, a lightbulb would also work to keep them dry. Removing rust from a firearm can be tricky; it's best not to let it happen, but just recently I spotted a small amount of rust on my muzzleloader. First, solvent soaked patches, and then continuous rubbing with oil soaked patches made it basically disappear.
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Old 08-08-2007, 03:32 PM
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It depends

The best way to protect guns in storage is to properly clean them then apply a film of gun grease inside and out on all metal parts. Oil is lubricant, not a rust preventative. All the best...
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Old 08-08-2007, 07:28 PM
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I check my muzzleloaders from time to time just for piece of mind, but since I started using Ballistol there has been no problem at all. I use a mix of Ballistol and water then wipe it all down with strait Ballistol.
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Old 08-08-2007, 10:06 PM
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On all my muzzle loaders i use either OX Yoke Wonder lube or T/C's bore butter. when i coat the guns in either product I never see rust on the metal. over time I believe it soaks into the metal a little mainly because on guns where the metal is bright such as my 1861 springfield I find that over time it rusts less and less. I tried rust preventatives and things like Rem-Oil and find as they do prevent rust to un touched gun but when handled it rusts almost immediately. when i coat them in bore butter or wonder lube I can leave the guns stored and I have not had them rust yet no matter how long they have been sitting. I find that the oil based products evaporate after awhile. as for olive oil I have never tried it.
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Old 08-11-2007, 06:27 AM
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Slip 2000

I use Slip2000 lubricant on all my firearms - including muzzeloaders. Slip 2000 is a synthetic, non-toxic lube that will not dry out. No sludge with black powder.

I live in a high humidity environment and have had guns rust using bore butter. Since changing to Slip 2000 lube I have had no rust. I even use it as a patch lube!

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Old 08-13-2007, 06:00 PM
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Ballistol tests the best for blackpowder. Also Lehigh Valley Patch Lube.
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