Woody, that was just the Reader's Digest version of the Colt instructions.You have to admit Bunk, that’s a bit sparse on details. Shoot, the average post on a board such as this probably runs 500 words on the topic. Colt probably paid his printer by the letter, hence the brevity.
For my part each of us throwbacks still using these old timey firearms is going to incorporate various modern procedures, tools or chemicals. Or not. As the case may be… So. Disgusted? Why?
I have only been greasing the interior for a few years but I feel like I should send one of mine to you so you can examine it for any hint of corrosion… even Sam Colt would likely approve. In fact, the old chilly hearted military capitalist would probably wonder why Bunk and Woodnbow are even screwing around with his old Army model of 1860, let alone discussing how to keep them running for another few generations.
Have yourself a calm weekend Bunk… make it smoky!
Water will dissolve the corrosive salts in the barrel. Here is the test of your favorite concoction, In a class pour in some of the cleaner and drop in a little table salt.. if the salt dissolves great. if it does not dissolve you are not getting the salts that cause corrosion out. Simple as that. But it is your gun and you are free to muck it up however you want. Just don't come crying to me.
Not AR, Woodie, and not a drama queen just trying to share some years of experience shooting and cleaning..
Yr' Obt' Svt'
P. S. Very smokey thank you with 15 rounds through the Sharps rifle.