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Thread: Favorite BP lube recipes...Muzzleloading and Cartridges

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    Quote Originally Posted by airman1094 View Post
    Hello all. I just wanted to see what others are using in home made bootlit lubes. The only thing currently I use lube on is my 1873 model trapdoor boolits. I cast my own and make my own lube using beeswax and Crisco. 3 parts beeswax to 1 part Crisco ratio. Holds the grooves well and is not very dirty in the bore, but yet pretty slick and biodegradable for whatever that is worth. What else is out there? Any recommendations? Id prefer to stick with a beeswax based lube if i can.
    Same here..beeswax and Crisco or olive oil. I'm in Florida so I keep the mix pretty stiff too.. I kind of eyeball it.. But 70-30 or 80-20

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    Melting point of coconut oil is 78 degrees. Winger Ed, am I to understand you use Lyman Orange Magic with black powder?

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    Coconut oil and some amount of wax should work, but will cost more than other alternatives. I wonder what the smoke would smell like.

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    For range days I use Moose milk but for hunting where the rifle may not be fired for a long period use the pre-lubed patches from TC or CVA. Have a coffee can of bear oil that I have never tried, probably 10-12 years old and when I checked it this spring was still soft and had not gone rancid. have to drag it out and give it a try one of these years.

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    My twist - also posted in the Simple Lube sticky:

    4 oz beeswax
    3 oz white petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
    2 tsp two stroke oil
    2 tsp universal tractor fluid (for hydrostatic transmissions)
    1/2 tsp castor oil
    1 tsp Johnson Paste Wax
    1/2 tsp Ballistol

    Melt beeswax and vaseline using a double boiler then add the rest and stir, allow to harden at room temp. I live in South Texas and wanted more beeswax for hardness - this doesn’t seem to “weep” when it’s hot weather.

    Works great with smokeless or BP cartridge - I have never used it on muzzleloaders but expect it would serve the purpose, although it is somewhat firm. It comes out a light blue because of the two stroke oil I use.

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