I'm looking to start making my own patch lubes to use with pillow ticking, cut at the muzzle. Chances are that any substance on planet earth that is available liquid or paste form has been used as a muzzleloader patch lube by someone somewhere. I've heard of everything from windshield washer fluid to liquid wrench. But in the spirit of being traditional, I'm looking for a recipe more along the lines of beeswax, olive oil, tallow, etc.
I only use bees wax(1 part) and virgin olive oil(5 parts) and have excellent results in everything I shoot from 32 cal to 62 cal.
I'm planning to try beeswax and olive oil. How well does your ratio do in cold weather? Does it get noticeably stiffer during late season compared to summer shooting at the range?
it holds up well, no problems. I hunt woodchucks a lot in the summer and keep a tin in my bag with it in and it will get a little melted if the bag is in the sun for a long time. I may add more bees wax on the next batch. it works very well in all my guns with no cleaning between shots and very easy loading, which is what you need.
Crisco. No muss, no fuss, no exotic animal oils, no chemistry or alchemy required. Melt it in a skillet, drop in the patches, remove from heat and let the whole thing solidify. Lift out the patches, skim off the excess and store the patches in an old Altoids box.
I used cisco for many years and it always worked really well for me. I think I quit using it because it wasn't in the house any more(wife doesn't use it). for me, I want something that works good that I can put together here at home and I don't have to go some where and buy it or have to order it. as it is now, I always have a good supply of bees wax and olive oil on hand.
I have read a couple times that crisco can lead to cook-offs. No idea whether there is any truth to that. Also, I've heard that spit can cause a rust ring in breech if the charge is left in the rifle- that one at least passes the straight face test. Got some beeswax coming today and will try with olive oil.
crisco can melt just from the heat of the sun on the barrel in moderately warm weather. If it melts it can foul the powder.
Although, I have seen some shooters that put their lubed patches into a press to squeeze out the excess. Including slug gun shooters, who use an antiquated auto trans fluid as a lube. They stack their lubed papers and then put them into a vise to squeeze the excess from the paper.