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Old 10-29-2009, 06:44 PM
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Best way to lube patches?

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What is your favorite method for lubing dry patches for use in a ML rifle? I have pre-lubed patches but just came across 1,000+ patches someone had given me.

Is there an efficient means of lubing them ahead of time?
Apply Moose Milk or Wonder Lube or (fill in blank) just before using

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 10-29-2009, 06:57 PM
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With moose milk I spritz them on the range with an old OFF bug spray bottle pump top. When I am going to hunt with them, spritz them and then set them on a screen to dry.

Solid lubes I apply right before I shoot. I know it is a mess but it is the way I do it and always have.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:27 AM
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After playing around with a lot of different patch lubes, I've reached the point where I use nothing but plain olive oil on patches in all of my guns.

I don't lube my patches until just before a shoot, usually the same day or the day before. If I plan to take 25 shots, I take 25 patches in a stack and dunk them in a little wide mouth jar of olive oil. Then I work the oil into them by squeezing them in my fingers. Once the oil is distributed I wrap the stack in a couple of paper towels and squeeze out the excess so they are fairly dry.

For a hunt, I load a bore button or dry patch under the patched ball to keep the oil away from the powder, and carry a half dozen lubed patches in a ziplock bag or musket cap tin.
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Old 10-30-2009, 06:39 PM
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My lube is a thin but slick mixture of Murphy Oil Soap and rubbing alcohol. I dampen a strip of patch cloth, roll it up, and put it in to a plastic film canister. The side of the canister is slit, and the end of the patch strip slipped through the slit. When I load, I dump in the powder, pull out a bit of patch cloth (like pulling paper towel out of a dispenser), start the ball on the patch and cut the patch at the bore, then ram the ball home. This makes for vey even lubrication of each patch, the mixture is not messy to handle, and it keeps bore fouling to a minimum for easy reloading and cleanup.
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:57 AM
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It depends

I use various prelubed patches and they work well. Dry patches get lubed with Crisco and have never had a problem. All the best...
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:10 AM
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One way I used to lube patches was I would soak the patches in a liquid lube, then put them between two pieces of wood. Take that out in the shop and stick it in a vice and under pressure, force any excess lube out of the group of patches. Then lay them on wax paper to let them rest where they will absorb the lube into the cloth.

The reason I stopped doing this is, if you do not shoot off all them patches, the lube can get foul and the patch material can break down. I noticed new patches gave no problems on the range, but older pre made would fail when fired with a good charge under them.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:27 PM
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I use the lubricant named after me, but which I didn't totally invent: Gatofeo No. 1 Black Powder Lubricant.
It consists of (by weight):
1 part canning paraffin
1 part mutton tallow
1/2 part beeswax

Melted together, they create a lubricant with the consistency of lard. I take a bit of this lube, melt it in a clean tuna or cat food can at low heat, then add the wads and stir them around to soak up as much lube as they can hold.
Allow to cool at room temperature.
When cooled, I snap a plastic pet food lid over the can.
I use this lubricant for felt wads, patches for my .50-caliber CVA Mountain Rifle and even felt shotgun wads loaded over black powder.
I keep the wads or patches in the can, labeled as to contents. This way, when I run low, I just heat the can at low heat and add more lubricant and wads or patches.
Works great, and the cans stack on top of each other. A wide, permanent marker let's me know what's in each can on the shelf.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:14 PM
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This old grey beard has tried many concotions over the years, so I'll put in my own two cents. Wonder lube is the best I've tried since I can not seem to find Faulkenberry juice any more. That stuff was slicker than owl snot.

Wonderlube leaves less fouling than many other lubes I've tried. I heat it up in an old sauce pan, not too hot, just enough to get it into a liquid state, then dump my patches in and let them soak. I then pull them out with tongs and place them on paper towels. I don't bother squeezing them out until I am ready to load. Before target practice, I run one of the unsqueezed patches down the barrel, followed by a dry patch. Since my rifle (not gun) has a patch box, I have no trouble storing them for hunting. For bench shooting, I carry them in a zip lock bag.

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