Re: Cleaning an 1842
This may not be very authentic, but I clean mine very, very, very thoroughly. I hate rust on a weapon of any kind. During an event, I just suck it up and keep the bore clear. When I get home, I completely disassemble it, scrub it down with steel wool, clean out the barrel with and oil it down.
Si vis pacem, para bellum
Proud Descendent of-
Andrew Jackson Smith
Born 11 July 1843, Greenfield, New York
Enlisted 17 Feb 1862 in Co. C, 77th NYSV in Saratoga Springs, New York
Transfered to 1st Regiment Independent Battery NY Light Artillery in April 1863.
22 Feb 1865, died of disease in Washington DC
Buried in Arlington National Cemetery
Unassigned recruit, 11th Illinois Cavalry
Enlisted Feb. 21, 1865
Died March 1, 1865