One reason for the alcohol flood and wipe before loading, particularly with wet petroleum products, was to remove the wet oil from the small crevices and corners where a wipe with a dry patch may not reach. That black tar like stuff always seemed to form in the crevices and corners of the bore. Another reason was that the wet oil always collected in the fire channel and breech area (bigger concern with patent type breech), especially with guns not stored muzzle down. The ‘traditional’ fix with cap locks was to fire off a cap or two before loading. Always considered this a workaround for a dirty (oily) breech area. A lot of different bore protectants have been and are still in use and yet no one would recommend our application. What does Lyman put in their gun bores? Or have you ever cleaned up a milsurp gun? Cosmoline, the ultimate sticky mess since about 1900. Go with what works for your gun.