There are so many different ways and none is "The Way". I read an article in Camp Chase Gazette years ago where the author advocated window washing or windshield washing fluid, the cheaper ones worked better. In RevWar reenacting a 3-in-1 solution of peroxide, denatured alchol and Murphy's Oil Soap is very popular, hydrogen peroxide is a quick and easy method though some say it's too corrosive on the bore. I prefer to use chemistry instead of elbow gease, apply your soluton and let it soak-5-10 munutes, at least. Then a proper drying and oiling. Hot water by itself really doesn't work that well, "Back Then" the official method involved flour of emory, soldiers often used camp fire ashes, nowadays dish detergent-again the cheap stuff-works fine.
Last edited by SIGSHR; December 5, 2012 at 06:42 PM.