Discussion in 'Muzzleloaders & Black Powder' started by Willie Barnard, Jan 20, 2019.
10 % Ballistol & 90 % water mixed?
this 45-70 pedorsoli sharps 74 with 60 grs fff fine swiss black powder and a 405 gr cast bullet will shoot 8" or better groups at 300 yards. and I,m shooting with 75 year old eyes.
yest that % is right for a black powder solvent.
another consideration is that many petroleum based oils can make a tarry substance in the barrel when used in lube.
vaseline is not like this.
natural fats like tallow, and natural vegetable oils are good, as is lanolin in the mix.
I'm curious, how the old voortrekkers clean their guns,....
I use hot water for the main flush and finish up with damp patches until clean from residue and dry and lightly oil, the cases go in to a jug of water and windex and when clean rinsed with hot water and air dried. the sharps 74 is very easy to strip and clean.
water is in fact the solvent for black powder.
buying fancy black powder solvents is in fact being ripped off.!
what ballistol does in water is to offer rust protection.
soluble cutting oils do this plus they have detergents that make the water wetter.
i am sure that boers, frontiersmen all over the world valued their firearms probably even more than we do.
if they had soluble cutting oil or similar they would have used it.
they also had sperm whale oil for oiling and lubing their guns, and this also was one of the best lube ingredients ever.
Thanks for all the photos! I always enjoy reading your reports, being transported back to a different era
Thank you kindly for all the positive replies members.It is much appreciated, and my thanks to the participants on this thread, your input and participation is greatly appreciated. This really is an educational thread that gives us a small insight into how our fore=fathers lived and hunt...This year will be a great year since we will have a member of this great forum participate in the hunt, HWL will experience this type of hunt first hand ...welcome to this years`s hunt HWL..
Many thanks for the invitation...
I admire you, your friends and this event, since I read about for the first time....
I'm so excited...
I hope, I can survive it...
Greatings from the other side of the planet.....
HWL, we are looking forward to the hunt and meeting you, Willie will play your Country`s anthem on his violin the first evening around the camp fire ...you will receive a pair of velskoene and a tonteldoos...
Range day,...tomorrow…. hope to hit the barn door now.
Georg, I am looking forward to a report with a lot of photos please??
Here in the colonies bear grease was a staple for the early frontiersmen. A good size black bear all fattened up for winter could yield 100 pounds of fat. In addition to being used for cooking it was rendered down and used as a general lubricant, rust inhibitor, water proofing, etc.
I am really looking forward to hearing about this year’s expedition and seeing all the photos!
Thats a good place to keep your plate safe!
My very first black powder slugs…..
Lyman and Brenneke rifled.
Excellent Georg, I really want to see what this slug will do to a huge warthog boar???
Great fun. I envy you Gert.
True cultivation of tradition. Thanks for sharing.
Members here are photos of my camp tent and sleeping set up for this year:
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