You want a bit of “less than straight” on a ramrod, helps keep it in the thimbles better.
Don’t soak in kerosene.
Soak it in a 50/50 mix of linseed and turpentine.
Boning it will also help with durability.
I have a heavy bench/cleaning rod I made over 35 years ago that was soaked and boned. To...
Not on "The Trail" but-
My Godfather had a huge cattle operation just east of Cody, Wyoming. Every summer for about a week my dad and I would go up and visit and catch up with old friends (my dad was a veterinarian who had a practice in Cody).
We would go camping and fishing on the Godfathers...
Nope- There is another one here.
The very first rifle I ever built was a 50 caliber Sharon Trade rifle, it was a high school shop project when I was a Freshman in HS. It was stolen by a room mate a few years later.
I was absolutely elated when I found the complete unbuilt Trade rifle kit a...