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Anybody using Bear lard/grease?

Hi all! I have several pints of black bear lard I rendered and sealed in jars in 2014. I Really like cooking wild mushrooms and venison and taters using it in the ole cast iron skillet while camping

I make period correct native american bows and arrows and use the bear grease in a mix as a sealer. The only BP weapon I have is an old CVA .32 Squirrel gun. Going To take it out for a walk this week. I still have a jar of Young Country Arms lubricant, probably 40 yrs old lol but this BP guy is telling me to use the Bear lard.

Have any of you used this on patches? I was told it makes mechanisms faster especially in cold weather.
As you can see I rendered this in 2014 so I dont use much.
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I have used it for cooking and as a bore/lock oil and patch lube for years, makes great pancakes and pastry lard.
years ago it was in high demand when it was legal to sell it.

after rendering I let it sit for a day, it will seperate. the fine oil goes to the top, I syphon this off with a horse syringe and use the fine oil for the bore and lock.

the remaining thicker grease I use for cooking, patch lubes and leather dressing

only had 2 rifles out of several that shot their best groups with straight bear grease.
the other rifles shot their best with bear grease mixed with rendered deer tallow in a 50/50 mix, maybe too "slick" for some rifles by itself.

I had the same problem with simple green as a patch lube for target shooting, most rifles I shot it in did their best with simple green mixed with water 50/50, simple green by itself shot tighter groups than spit patch, but it noticeably tightened groups even more mixed with water.
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I use it mixed with beeswax for patch lube, but I can't claim credit for it, nor do I recall the ratio. I THINK it's 2:1 bear to beeswax, but don't rely on that. Another member here gave me some he'd made, and it works well.
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I use it mixed with beeswax for patch lube, but I can't claim credit for it, nor do I recall the ratio. I THINK it's 2:1 bear to beeswax, but don't rely on that. Another member here gave me some he'd made, and it works well.
Thats about the same combo Ive been using for years as well.......

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Good to see what else it can be used for. Ive also read that many pastry chefs use it for pie baking contests as it makes the best pie crust. I haven't used it for that but look forward to it. Thanks for the responses.
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I use beaver grease as well. Maybe a mixture of both will work for patches?
I have surplus if anybody could use some. Trade?

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I'd like some bear grease ...
I'll send you a PM ...

Thanks ..

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If Allen doesn't take all you want to part with, I'd be interested....
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I can tell you for a fact it makes great flaky pie crust. One Thanksgiving I was a guest at the home of a family that made an all wild game dinner. Roasts from young bear, wild turkey, wild mushrooms and a wild blueberry pie made with a crust made with bear lard. The cracklings that came out of that lard were pretty darn good as well.

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I would be interested in some also.
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