Good to know cuz I just can't get used to the smell of Ballistrol. To me smells like vomit...works great but I've tried and just can't stand it anymoreI used to use Windex or blue WWF. Now, I have a small bottle of "moose milk" which I make with Ballistol and water. 7 parts water to 1 part Ballistol. I also use that when I am done shooting to do a basic clean of the bore and wipe down the exterior metal. Swabbing between shots (3 shots) the patch is just damp. Basic cleaning, it's just a bit more wet but not dripping wet. This lets me leave most of the mess and smell in the trash can at the range and I can clean at my leisure at home.
That said, Windex and blue washer fluid would probably work just fine.
A loaded muzzleloader in your vehicle is even legal (or was) in NYS. Just can’t have a cap on or powder in the pan. I’ve got so I run a moist patch down when I seat the patched ball. So far, I haven’t had any fouling issues and I believe I have a consistent bore for each shot.In the woods I use one patch wet with canteen water and then two dry ones. At the range I use a squeeze bottle of T/C cleaning stuff, again one and two.
If not in a rush for some reason, I ALWAYS swab between shots. An OCD thing I reckon. The last dry patch is big enough to push air out thru the vent to dry it. Another oddity I do: before a hunt, I run alcohol saturated patches down the bore. I even tip the bottle and pore enough in so that a tight patch going down will cause alcohol to squirt out of the vent. That way I am certain to have removed moisture. Drying patches after that. Then I carefully load.
Off topic a bit, but getting out of a warm truck into a cold dawn might dampen your frizzen so I wipe that before priming.
Don't holler at me for transporting a loaded gun. Been doing that with M/Ls forever.
if I had a rifle that needed to be swabbed between shots the demo saw would come out rifle be sawed into pieces and thrown in the garbage
Every time this subject comes up I can’t help but wonder how anyone can shoot more than twice without at least some type of swab.Still doing 25-75 shots at rondy. Never have swabbed in close to 20 years with this rifle.
Must be doing something right
Every time this subject comes up I can’t help but wonder how anyone can shoot more than twice without at least some type of swab.
I’m starting to think it’s more about where you live and shoot instead of what you load with. Is that possible? I live in central Florida where the humidity is so high you get sweat soaked just walking to the truck.
I’ve shot black powder for over 45 years. I currently have 4 rifles. .32 to .54 cal. I’ve tried everything suggested by others but if I even dare to shoot a third time without swabbing I’m running the risk of a ball stuck halfway down my barrel. I can usually get it down but by then I’ve changed from my ramrod to a heavy range rod and almost beating it down. It doesn’t matter what patch or lube I use.
I wonder if others are using way more lube or is it the extreme humidity causing my problem.
I usually use a ball .010 less than bore size with a patch .015-.018 thick. Again I get same results no matter which gun or caliber I use.
Does anyone else have this problem?
I’m not too lazy to swab but it sure puzzles me