Joined: 14 May 2007
Location: Gallatin, TN
Real Name: Jason W. Gatliff
|Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 11:38 pm Post subject: Degrease your Flintlock for Winter Use
|For winter trekking with your firearm in temps below freezing, the oils that you lube the internal works of your lock with, will stiffen, slowing the speed of the hammer fall. This produces few or no sparks in a flintlock and no "pop" or weak detonation on a percussion lock. The trick is to clean your lock internals with alcohol, removing all traces of lube. This will not hurt the lock and will allow it to function in very cold temps. Also, do not take your cold firearm into a warm environment, such as a cabin, if you intend to go out later. Condensation will form on the cold metal parts, this condensation will freeze once you go back out, rendering your firearm useless. Once you are back from the trekk, clean and lube your firearm's lock as usual.
Submitted by: Ed Crossfox Bullock, Jr - Snowhook @ Hotmail.com on March 09, 2003
Jason W. Gatliff