The Gun Thread

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shittim

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the cap and ball conicals did not have a hollow base, the Minie ball for rifles did.
The Mineral Spirits soak would not gum up the internals as it would not be allowed to evaporate leaving the gummy residue. Taking them down for cleaning would be the best, in the civil war the wood was removed and the pistols were boiled, then oiled with olive oil from what I have read.
Kind of a miracle any survived......
 
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the cap and ball conicals did not have a hollow base, the Minie ball for rifles did.
The Mineral Spirits soak would not gum up the internals as it would not be allowed to evaporate leaving the gummy residue. Taking them down for cleaning would be the best, in the civil war the wood was removed and the pistols were boiled, then oiled with olive oil from what I have read.
Kind of a miracle any survived......
"the cap and ball conicals did not have a hollow base."
Interesting. It would be fun to shoot a few.

I can believe they didn't take the whole gun down to clean back then, especially in field conditions. It requires tools, and smaller pieces would be too easy to loose. I use 2 old kitchen strainers (large and small) to keep parts together as I wash them. Also ovens were scarce in the field. Olive oil should work as a lubricant. With my method, if I don't immediately drain off the lube while parts are still hot it will make the action sluggish and things don't work like they should. But I don't rely on my gun for my life, so it's an easy (if a little time consuming) fix. Upside is it preserves parts and lubricates well, long as I don't overdo it.
 

shittim

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So very many good lubes out there, I have gone to Mobil 1, 5-20, same as my car, bonds to metal well. The olive oil would gum up over time from what I hear.
A good ultrasonic cleaner would be a blessing too.
 
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So very many good lubes out there, I have gone to Mobil 1, 5-20, same as my car, bonds to metal well. The olive oil would gum up over time from what I hear.
A good ultrasonic cleaner would be a blessing too.
"A good ultrasonic cleaner would be a blessing too." Boy, wouldn't it just! BP is prone to gumming with almost anything, it seems. That's why I break it down and scrub with hot soapy water. Then new lube, baked in then well drained while hot. Even then gumming can occur.
 
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Have to be careful too and keep oven temp LOW so not to effect temper of springs. Not sure at what temp that might happen, but I know I don't want to get anywhere near it!

LOL, I have a "no glow" policy on heating gun parts!
 

shittim

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I wish I knew as well, but I believe it would need to be red or near red, maybe a wise soul might jump in and share their wisdom.
Spraying with a good silicone "water displacing" spray would allow the water to bead up and roll off.