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.
So you've booked an outfitted hunt this year. And you're going to get to ride horses into the mountains to save your legs and your back.
I've met lots of guys who've been in this same situation. They figure, "heck, how hard can it be?" But, I assure you, if you don't learn to get along with your mount for the week, it's going to be a bumpy, scary, noisy, and life threatening experience.
First, let's start with the horse itself. A horse trained under western style has 4 gears. The walk, trot,...