Well I have not used real black powder for a very long time but when I was a kid my dad always used to make me clean his after shooting with just plain old soap and hot water in the kitchen sink. After everything was cleaned up a light coat of oil was applied and we never had a problem. I had a chance to use and hunt with some tripple7 powder about 7 years ago in a muzzleloader and that stuff was great for cleaning. Again just a patch soaked with water and the gun would be clean after a few patches and never had any rust issues at all.
I have always just cleaned my black powder firearms in hot water and Pinesol. Both cap and ball revolvers, inlines, and traditional muzzle loaders. With the traditional I wipe it down with Thompson Center Bore Butter but for the others I just apply a little bit of oil and have never had a problem. Now when I say hot water I mean boiling hot water. It will get the metal so hot that you have a hard time holding onto it and once the metal is that hot any water that touches it will evaporate quite quickly.
How many times have you wished for a better view across a clear cut, an agriculture field or down a powerline?
Ever wanted to get a little higher to try to get above a deer’s nose?
Have you ever wanted a taller stand because… well… just because?
Here is an example of a stand I made a few years ago and it has some very real advantages and a few disadvantages.
commanding view from the stand
able to accommodate two hunters, perfect for parent / child hunts
hunters are well...