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Re: Black powder vrs smokeless( For Don)

Posted by Don Harpold on Monday, 2 January 2012, at 4:53 p.m., in response to Re: Black powder vrs smokeless( For Don), posted by Ken Smith on Saturday, 31 December 2011, at 4:16 p.m.

Ok, So I had the day off and thought I would look through my library to see about Japan Wax.

Per Laidley,

Japan Wax from the root of the Rhus Succedanea plant is a "yellowish white" color and "somewhat softer and more pliable than bleached beeswax" it is pressed into the grooves by a machine and one pound will lubricate 1800 bullets. No mention of any tempering!

Dr, Hudsons lube

Japan wax 1 pound Mutton Tallow 1/2 pound Yellow Vaseline 1/2 pound

Note, per Ned Roberts/Ken Waters, Japan Wax was used pure by Springfield for the .45/70. Cosmoline can/should be subtitued for the vaseline as it has same lubricating properties and is firmer.

You can pick up almost any of Kelvers books on Schuetzen history and loadings and find a plethora of formuals like this one:

Leopold lube

Japan Wax 4 1/2 oz. Degras Stearin 9 oz. Ozocerite 1 1/2 oz. Caustic Soda and Rosin 1/2 oz. each boiled in a pint of water and mixed with the melted waxes and boiled until the froth disappears.

So there are a couple of receipes, BUT, with SPG being as cheap as Tom states I can not see messing around with this, I had even procured some pure mutton tallow and steam cylinder oil, (600w gear oil) in my wilder youth with visions of "experimenting" LOL



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