Practice and line shooting I use saliva or windshield washer fluid. Even straight water.
Hunting I use ToW mink oil. When I use that jar up I’m going to try my minie ball lube : bees wax and synthetic motor oil. 50/50 stays kinda firm in Texas summer heat.
.54 GM 1” x 32” twist 1/72. .535 PRB
60 gr Goex FFg for targets 25-50 yds
90 gr ditto targets and hunting to 100 yds
120 gr hunting to 130 yds and any bigger game (elk, moose, bear etc but only hunted elk so far)
As the saying goes your mileage ma vary.
Welcome. I tell folks I’m originally from South America ....... South Arkansas. Lived in the Pine Woods of NE Texas 30+ years then too near Austin. Now Western Hill Country.
There’s a nice group of MLers that shoot near Canyon Lake. PM me for contact info.
I’ve been shooting flinter almost 50 years. Good dry real black powder with a hot spark will ignite. sounds like the 4F is damp or contaminated in some way. Spread a real thin layer 4F (enough to prime the pan several times) on a pice of cardboard in the sun to dry. Either knap the flint or...
I find bluing appears out of place on long rifles and Fowler’s. maybe because of all the entry level products. Just my opinion.
Military muskets in a bright or blue finish appeal to me.
I have used cold and hot browning solutions (as well as stains) and greatly prefer Homer Dangler’s products.