Musket Maintenance

During the Civil War the Regulars were known for keeping their muskets well maintained and clean.  The following links provide some useful tips on cleaning your weapon and learning how to take it apart for maintenance.

Rottenstone was used by soldiers to help maintain their weapons.  They would dip a cloth into a little water or oil, then add some rottenstone powder out of the tin and rub down the metal on their musket.  Made from finely ground limestone, rottenstone is a gentle abrasive that will take surface rust off a musket's barrel and lockplates.  If you need to purchase some check out this link:

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