Lesmok and Smokeless Powder
Lesmok and Smokeless Powder-There is every little difference in the strength of Lesmok and smokeless powder; both are stronger than black. I strongly advise against the sue of straight smokeless in any .22 caliber rifle. It is nice and clean to shoot, but unless you take extra pains in cleaning your rifle you will soon have a ruined barrel. After using smokeless powder, the barrel should be well washed and scrubbed out with warm water, to which a little soda has been added, then the bore should be thoroughly dried by the use of absorbent cotton or clean cotton rags, then well-oiled with any reliable gun grease or oil. This alone is not sufficient to keep the rifle from rusting. After it has been treated as above, set away for a few hours, or overnight, then thoroughly wipe out the oil or grease and continue to wipe with dry clean rags as long as they are soiled, then oil again and set away. If the rifle is not used very soon, the third cleaning and oiling will be necessary. Even when using black powder, the above is a good rule to follow, if you want your barrel to remain entirely free from rust or pits. One nights neglect after using smokeless powder in a .22 caliber is sufficient to start the work of destruction. It is hard enough to keep a .22 bore perfectly bright when using black powder; smokeless is ten times worse.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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