How long will Moose Milk keep?

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    WVAED

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    I just made my first batch of Dutch's recipe of Moose Milk. I.e. 22 parts water (I used distilled), 1 part Ballistol and one part Pinesol. My question is, how long will it keep in storage? I made about a half gallon or a little more. I intend to use it as a between shot cleaner sparingly on the wiping patches. May also use it to clean my rifles after shooting. Theoretically, there is nothing in it that should go bad. Just wondered what is the consensus of others who have much more experience than I do with this stuff. Thanks.
     
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    I think you just answered your own question when you said
     
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    Worse that can happen is it turns into Moose Sour Cream
     
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    Yeah, nothing seems like it will go bad..., now a different formula, of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and Murphy's Oil Soap, (1:1:1)…, you'd make in small batches as the hydrogen peroxide would degrade over time.

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    A teaspoon of witch hazel will help preserve the solution.
     
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    Really? I wonder what's in witch hazel to have that property? Interesting.
     
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    I thought moose Milk has H202 (Hydrogen Perixide) in it. I know my Moose Milk bottle from years ago, I covered in tape to keep the light out. That is the only reason I think I would have done that. H202 is light sensitive so if it has H202, you need to keep it in something that blocks light. That would be the only thing that would go bad. But from what I've read, even if that went bad, it would not make it useless, just "less" effective. I have a bottle of MAP that I took the H202 bottle and just used that to put it in.
     
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    Shake well before use.
     
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    H2O2 degrades to water. Other than the appearance of the foam from the very weak solution of H2O2, a mix of Murphy's Oil Soap, 71% rubbing alcohol, and water works as well a fresh batch of MAP (Murphy's, 91% rubbing alcohol, and 6% H2O2). Don't worry about degradation of H2O2. It is the soap in the Murphy's that does all the cleaning work. The original mix is almost 1/3 water.

    Moose milk should have a off white milky appearance from the emulsion of water soluble oil and water. All sorts of mixes have the milky appearance. Most work as a patch lubricant.
     
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    Depends on who is in camp.
     
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    I don't use the water soluble oil version, but I do use M.A.P. with peroxide. I never mix up more than 8 ounces at a time. If it's been a few months since I last used it I make a new batch. It's cheap and easy to make so why worry about it being fresh? Just mix up some new.
     
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    I GOT THE RECIPE FROM A VERY OLD TYMER. I MADE ALMOST A GALLON AND RAN OUT OF VISION BEFOREUSING MORE THAN HALF. TTHE BALLISTOL (ORIGINALLY WATERSOLUBLE OIL) AND THE PINESOL ARE WETTING AGENTS TO MORE IMMEDIATELY PENETRATE AND DISOLVE RESIDUE SOFT OR BAKED ON TO REMOVE IT NEATLY FROM THE BARREL. I USED MINE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, NEVER HAD CAUSE TO MAKE ANOTHER BATCH.

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    I ORIGINALY INCLUDED H2)2 BUT LEFT IT OUT OFLATER RECIPES AS PROBABLY OF LITTLE MERIT BECAUSE OF THE INCREDIBLE DILUTION.

    AN ODD THING IS THAT AUSTRALIANS ARE VERY WARY OF H2O2 FOR SOME REASON I CANNOT FATHOM.
    I OWN SOME 50% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE FOR ANOTHER REASON OF WHICH I AM WARY.
    THE AUSTRALIANS LONG AGO REPORTED METALPOWDER FLASKS EXPLODING IN THE HOT SUN. NEVER HEARD OF THAT HERE. THAT'S WHY I MADE POWDER FLASKS OUT OF LEATHER JUST IN CASE AN AUSTRALIAN VISITEDAT THE RANGE.

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