A week ago I posted I was going to cut through all the opinion and simply test Thompson Centers Bore Butter ( read Part 1: The Debate ). I tested the product on my kit built kentucky pistol. See the results after the jump.
My main goals were to test some of the claims made right on the tube.
- Does it reduce fouling
- Does it remove the need to swab between shots
- Does it act as a rust inhibitor
I followed the directions on the tube and cleaned the barrel of any petroleum products with water and a good scrubbing. I had already been using T/C's No. 13 bore solvent so I was cleaning with the recommended natural cleaner. After allowing the barrel to completely dry I ran a well saturated patch down the bore making sure everything was coated. During the middle of the week I fired the pistol, the balls had a light coat of bore butter and I have been using T/C's pre-saturated shooting patches. It was cleaned again with natural cleaners, allowed to dry, lubed with bore butter and left to sit until I had some time on the range over the weekend.
After four days of testing I had to stop using the bore butter as directed. While tweaking the lock on the pistol I ran a bore light in the barrel to check it and found surface rust starting to form on many parts of the interior of the barrel. I called it quits right there and quickly hit it with CLP and a Barricade rust preventative. Without a doubt I can tell you it does not work as a rust inhibitor in the dampness of northwest Louisiana. I took extra care to make sure the barrel was dry before applying bore butter and unfortunately it simply did not do the job.
Due to the rust I really did not have a chance to test the rest of the claims. I know I will inevitably have someone tell me how I am wrong and that I did something incorrectly. If someone from Thompson Center would like to discuss how I might get better results I can be contacted in the toolbar below. But again I can only tell you my experience with the product. However I will keep using the product as bullet and patch lube as I feel it works great for those functions.