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Author Topic: ATF as lube patch/bore lube on a ML?  (Read 61 times)

Offline michaelschwister

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ATF as lube patch/bore lube on a ML?
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:53:53 AM »
Had an old timer tell me to use MERCON ATF as a patch /bore lube on my flintlocks.  Another told me to use bore butter only (which is what I have been doing) BB only does not keep the gun clean, nore keep the bore rust free over long periods without shooting.  Is the MERCON a better choice than BB?

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Re: ATF as lube patch/bore lube on a ML?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2019, 11:29:41 AM »

Don't know nuttin about that Mercn stuff, but there is a good article herein on another lube you might consider... I made some and was gifted some and find it works very well for my purpose...

I like it doesn't stay messy like BB and it helps keep the bore clean with a simple blow down the bbl to keep the fouling moist...

See what cha think...

In my earlier days up in PA one shop "expert on BP" told me that BB "seasons that bbl like a black iron skillet...unfortunately, most bbls today are not of the same metal as Black iron skillets and there has been much since debunking that theory...quien sabe?

Offline Monterey

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Re: ATF as lube patch/bore lube on a ML?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2019, 04:21:27 PM »
I think the ATF thing got started many years ago based on the fact that early automatic transmissions (AKA fluid drive) had animal fat for the fluid.  I once saw a junk dealer draining a very old transmission (very old in 1973) and he explained it to me.  There was no doubt that what he was draining was some kind of animal product.  Probably woulda made a good patch lube. :)
Mike Lee