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    Question C&B cylinder lube

    Hi everyone.
    I'm looking for lube for a 1858 Remington .44 to seal the cylinder chambers. Home made would be good. I've been looking under lubes but haven't been able to find one. I'm in the northeast (N.J.). I can't use wads under the ball. I need lube I can smear on the chamber mouths, over the ball. I would appreciate any help. Thanks!

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    C&B cylinder lube

    Why canít you use wads? Try t/c bore butter. It works well for that purpose.


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    I’ve used Crisco in the past. It works just fine on my cap and ball revolver.

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    I use dry lube wads. Crisco added for first cylinder.

    This method would get me through 5 stages for both guns at a Cowboy Match, before I broke down my 1860's for a wipe down and start over for 3-5 stages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walks View Post
    I use dry lube wads. Crisco added for first cylinder.

    This method would get me through 5 stages for both guns at a Cowboy Match, before I broke down my 1860's for a wipe down and start over for 3-5 stages.
    Did you fill the first cylinder until it was flush with the end of the cylinder?


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    Why can't wads be used?

    I've used T/C bore butter over the ball with decent results but I always prefer lubed wads under the ball. Crisco over the ball is the old stand by. Beeswax with a little light oil added to soften it is a decent substitute. In a real pinch, a light application of wheel bearing grease will work but it sure is messy. (I've used it just to see if it would work in an emergency and the answer is yes but I don't recommend it)

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    Many folks use a combination of 50/50 Crisco and beeswax which shouldn't melt in ordinary summer temperatures.

    Some substitute lard, tallow or olive oil for the Crisco, with Canola oil being another option to use instead of olive oil.
    Some substitute other waxes for beeswax, or mix more than one wax together as a substitute for beeswax, such as soy wax or paraffin wax.

    They also vary the recipe to make it 60/40 adding more oil, lard, tallow or Crisco depending on the temperature and personal preference.

    Some folks also use a large feeding syringe, meat syringe or irrigation syringe to dispense it with if the recipe is soft enough.
    These are available at Walmart, Petco or farm / agricultural stores.

    Vaseline and generic petroleum jelly are another option and not very much is needed, only a little more than a bead around the ball.
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    I've used Crisco for this and it works fine, but after a few cylinders full you'll need to wipe the revolver down.
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    the Crisco is not for flash over. it is for lube. one to lube the ball the other is when the gun is fired it is driven everywhere which lubes the gun and keeps it working.

    I did some tests ran a pistol dry two cylinders and it was dragging almost to the point of locking up. the next cylinder I just used Crisco on the balls never took the gun apart fired it. it started to free up the second cylinder it got batter. the third it was back to normal. I did this with a 1851 navy a walker and a 1858 Remington.
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    Crisco worked great for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM7.7x58 View Post
    Iíve used Crisco in the past. It works just fine on my cap and ball revolver.

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    Crisco, although sloppy, will keep all fouling loosey-goosey for an entire day's shooting - AND is super easy to clean up.

    I buy it by the (small) can and use a popsicle stick to apply a smear across each chamber mouth.

    In very warm weather, a little paste wax (like beeswax) mixed into the Crisco will usually keep it from becoming liquid.


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    I make my own felt wads & lube them with mink oil.

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    When I used it, Crisco was the one. I would use an old toothpaste tube to apply it.

    I used mine more for a field gun so rarely put lube in the cyl at all. If by some chance I did shoot two cyl loads I'd put some oil on the cylinder pin (Remington). Then it would go for a couple more cyl loads.

    Never used wads. Never saw a use for them in CB revolvers.

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    I use homemade wads for ball shooting and smear plain old lard over the chambers for conicals (too long to use a wad).
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    +1 for Crisco because its what i had. Worked great.

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    Crisco is great...but raw shea butter is way better. Its a beauty product for skin. Its stiffer , solid like cold butter but melts into a crisco consistency when you handle it with warm hands...it melts easy but stays very solid at room temp...like mutton tallow. I mix it with beeswax. Its actually my secret lube recipe Its natural and a very slick solid oil. Try it out sometime...everyone ive let use it loves it. Its as close to mutton tallow as ive tested yet is way slicker. Use as is over chambers but use sparingly..or make it stiffer using beeswax.

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