| ''Panther Pee'' ........
A very simple formulation, concocted from readily
available items you'll find at your hardware store
and/or local pharmacy.
3 pts - Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
3 pts - Peroxide (std 3%)
2 pts - Murphy's Oil Soap
This can be interpreted as ''x parts'' or ''x
pints'', it doesn't matter. I made a whole gallon
and it'll last way beyond my time!! I took a pint
to keep in one of the peroxide bottles for regular
use - keep it out of light. The main remaining
amount is stored in adark corner, in an old yellow
anti-freeze jug (rinsed out of course).
This is for me the ''de facto'' cleaning solution
of choice for cleaning either black powder guns
after use or, guns that have been subjected to
old milsurp corrosive ammo. To get the best results
it is just a case of microwaving a small amount
to make it hot and ready for use - after which
it is used on patches which are passed thruogh
the bore as often as needed to remove the crud.
Once a patch comes out with minimal soiling, switch
to dry patches and use until dry.
It is important to get the bore fully dry and
so place gun in a warm place for a while to be
sure. Once this stage is over, then continue with
normal cleaning such as copper solvent if need
be on a bronze brush .... etc. I tend to leave
the gun after the Panther solution stage - to
dry in free air - checking next day for any flash
rusting. Most times there is none and I continue
with stage 2 conventional cleaning. A small amount
of flash rusting I do not consider a problem -
it is more like mild discoloration that anything
If however conventional cleaning is undertaken
immediately without recourse to this solution,
corrosive salts may well NOT be fully removed,
and finish up trapped under a film of oil - not
good! A short term way to tie things over after
leaving the range is a few swabs with ''Windex"
- this at least will take up some of the salts
- the main thing to remember is these corrosive
compounds are WATER soluble, and not helped by
oils and other solvents.
This stuff can be used cold on patches and I have
found it still very effective - and used this
way it can be applied during a shoot with a muzzle
loader, to quickly de-foul after a few shots -
ready for another string..