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Useful Cleaning Gun Barrels

cleaning gun barrels
(from the Civilian & Telegraph, of Cumberland, Maryland , September 12, 1861)
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- WARNING -
HIGHLY DANGEROUS, DO NOT ATTEMPT

Ingredients:

quicksilver (mercury)​

Instructions:

We see in the Scientific American and other papers recipe for cleaning gun barrels. They are all open to the objection that they involve the use of water, thus requiring time to dry the barrels and incurring the danger of rust. We give the method used by scientific sportsmen in England with success; get a quantity of quicksilver, which can be kept in a strong pill-box, and when the barrel is foul, place the thumb on the nipple, pour the quicksilver in at the mouth, and then run it up and down for a few moments. Turn it back in to the box, and the barrel will be perfectly clean. The mercury forms an amalgam with the lead and removes it. The lead can be taken from the mercury by straining.​
 
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