Wyandot Jim wrote:
This post started out about what your wife could or could not smell.
All I can tell ya after shooting REAL BLACK POWDER for the last 5 years is that Ballistol does the job it was made to do. So if ya want to compare patches one on one GO FOR IT. To me that really doesn't mean a whole lot. If ya want to use a BORE CLEANER that is a different story.
I will stick with the 100 year old stuff. I really don't care what it smells like as long as I don't get rust. Which I don't.
That's good to know. Protection is one area that's hard to quantify.
I'm not saying the stuff isn't any good, just what I found in a comparison.
FWIW, Gunzilla says that it works real well on Blackpowder too, and it doesn't have the dreaded petroleum products that goop up the smokepoles, either.
Agree that using a separate cleaner, lube, and protectant might give better results than a CLP that tries to do all three. Problem is, many of the best protectants are CLPs (according to their manufacturers...), so you might as well use one that works for you.
The other thing is, the way most of us use and maintain our firearms we probably don't need a lube and protectant that'll last for years; We're going to use and re-clean the firearm before any real damage can be done.
And if you are
going to put one up that long, there's always wax, silicone socks, and Cosmoline.