I find the hardest thing to clean is percussion cap residue, although it does little harm if left on the gun.
You really notice it on stainless steel cylinders.
Lately I have been using cheap .45 caliber fiber wads between the powder and the ball. I melt a mixture of beeswax and Crisco in a double boiler and dip the fiber wads in this stuff for a couple of seconds and let them cool.
It's a lot more convienient than carrying a can or tube of grease to the range and they keep the bore "one shot dirty" while you shoot. Also, they are a lot less messy than putting grease over the ball.
These fiber wads are made by Circle Fly and they are much less expensive than those Wonder Wads you buy at the local stores.
Last edited by B.L.E.; May 15, 2012 at 05:56 AM.