Thursday, May 5, 2016
As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
This is about the German cleaning formula Ballistol, which is over 100 years old, and used for firearms, both black powder and smokeless powder.
The MSDS list is:
Ingredients (according to a specification from December 2002)
* pharmaceutical white oil: CAS RN 8042-47-5; Mineral oil
* Oleic acid: CAS RN 112-80-1
* C-5 alcohols: CAS RN 78-83-1; Isobutyl alcohol
* CAS RN 137-32-6; 2-Methylbutyl Alcohol
* CAS RN 100-51-6; BENZENEMETHANOL (9CI)
* different essential oils to perfume Ballistol
I will explain that in terms that non chemists will understand it, because this is a water semi-soluble oil.
Pharm white oil is nothing but clear mineral oil you see in quart bottles in the drug store.
Oleic acid.....you know that as margarine, or any plant seed oils. In this case it would be castor oil.
Alcohols are alcohols in wood alcohols and drinking alcohols. Isobutyl is drinking alcohol the Methylbutyl would be the non drinking kind. Just think of it as this way, these are solvents. As this follows into Benzenemethanol, which is of this same petrochemical group of aromatics that are solvents, just think of it as the Naphta group, which you know it as lighter fluid. Even acetone fits into this solvent group.
Essential oils......think of this as witch hazel or wintergreen, both oils in forms make great penetrating oils.
So here is how to get something probably like Ballistol.
1 cup mineral oil
1 cup castor oil
1 ounce of Murphy's oil soap
8 tablespoons witch hazel or wintergreen oil
1 cup of alcohol or something like HEET
That is the reason it smells like a locker room are the aromatics in the original.
This should be semi safe, meaning still do not smoke around this, but if someone was going to change this with naphta in that alcohol group, that being lighter fluid.....well it does start on fire easily.
This base recipe if you use it in a 1/4 cup to 1/3rd cup of the cleaner to 1 cup of warm water, and just like any dirt cleaning solution, it will probably clean your black powder which is just sulfur, charcoal and salt peter, nicely and lube things up too.
I posted this with the disclaimer not to burn your hair off in being Darwin, but I get fed up with sites that have threads and people ask questions, and nothing but dumb asses are posting on there, because their Mum let them out of the basement to listen to Mark Levin.
This is the same type of recipe in what is called Moose Milk.....it gets white when you put water into it.
Hot water will do just as good of job as the above and is cheaper. Follow it by a patch to dry and then a patch to lube and it should keep things from rusting.
Some recipes use peroxide, with Murphy's and rubbing alcohol, but peroxide is a bleach, and it rusts metals if you leave it in contact with them, and will eat bluing off.
What is important about the dirt cleaners is that oil based cleaners as those for modern firearms, will turn black powder things into a sludge, so it requires different cleaners.
That is Deutsch Dip.......probably should market this and make a fortune instead of putting the formula here in trying to help people out again.