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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Unread 10-29-2019, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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What's the best muzzleloader preservative?

For a number of years I've exclusively used Bore Butter for conicals, patched ball, and down bore after cleaning. After a recent thread I decided to try FFFG in my .54 instead of the FFG I was instructed to use in .50 cal and up. Blackpowder was my influence in this, and it actually worked out so well that I'll be following his lead during the upcoming after Xmas flintlock season.

I figuring if I'm wrong there, and I was, just maybe the light never went on upstairs when the talks about the best thing to use as a rustpreventative were going on.

What are you using to keep the smokepole from becoming a rust bucket? Is the bore butter a good choice, or do you know of something better?

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Rust prevention.

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You may want to verify that your 3F load in a 54 complies with manufacturers recommendations...as for a preservative, you may want to try Ballistol or Sheath. I like Bore Butter but I apply it liberally.
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Bore butter sucks at keeping rust away. Maybe if you fill a hollow tube with it and then insert your muzzle into, it may keep rust away. Never again will I use that paraffin wax stuff they call bore butter.
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One of the reasons I started this thread was the way over the years I noticed a little red showing up when I cleaned taking muzzleloaders out of storage. Thought I had been taught right, and this was part of it....another wrong point.

Rugered made a couple of suggestions, Ballistol, and Sheath, (now called Barricade), both of which I assume have a decent following, and FrontierMuzzleloading has a pretty valid point about Wonderlube, (Bore Butter), not being good for much more than a patch/conical lube. The Ballistol I have on hand, picked it up some time ago when I read the stories on it's virtues, but couldn't get past the odor.

Sheath is on the list for trying, and I'm hoping a few more ideas come into play. Hey 410er, that link surely was an unexpected eye opener!

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Modern muzzle loader barrels are made from modern steel. After cleaning my M\L barrel with either hot soapy water or a cleaner specific for BP I then apply a liberal coating of Breakfree CLP. I've never had rust form inside or outside of my three flintlocks.
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I use 91% rubbing alcohol on patches until clean and unless I'm gonna hunt right away I use ballistol. If its gonna sit a long time I use some rig...
No dry patches after the alcohol dont need to..
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When the barrel shows clean from warm, soapy water, I follow a patch or two of Ballistol with a couple patches of Barricade.
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Modern muzzle loader barrels are made from modern steel. After cleaning my M\L barrel with either hot soapy water or a cleaner specific for BP I then apply a liberal coating of Breakfree CLP. I've never had rust form inside or outside of my three flintlocks.
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