40 CalMLF Supporter
- Dec 26, 2021
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It makes no difference about the brand of black Gunpowder or substitute you shoot in the firearm it must be cleaned with a solvent that dissolves the salts in the fouling that cause corrosion.I have shot many brands of real black powder. It is my personal opinion ( and worth what you paid for it) that the cleanest burning with out question is Swiss, followed by KiK (no longer made), Goex Old Enford, regular Goex (soon to be made again), Schultzun also sold under Gaff's house brand, And the really bad old elephant powder made in Brazil. Now being sold under a different name .I would not worry about any true black except for the elephant which you probably can't get anyhow.
Historically water, warm if possible, was used.
Now there are many concoctions that may be used, but water followed by a quality gun oil does the most reliable cleaning and preserving.
That is what I have been using since the days of Laflin & Rand Orange Extra Sporting Powder, Du Pont Gunpowder, and corrosive percussion caps.
That is how I cleaned yesterday after shooting an unmentionable to relax after making paper.36 Navy cartridges.