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PostSubject: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-02-07, 05:55

Hello, I always render a little lard from the bears we harvest. Still have a couple of quarts left in the fridge and bought some beeswax recently too. I was using a mix of 4 to 1 for leather dressing. 

We have used it mostly for cooking and it is wonderful for that too.

Any advice on what most folks mix pure filtered bear lard with for patch lube? Got a new rifle coming and wanting to experiment with a few loads. Thank you
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-02-19, 15:44

I'd start with a 50/50 mixture and give it a couple days to set up and see how it does. Stir it up well at it sets.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-02-19, 19:02

Thanks for your reply. Ended up going with my previous 4-1 mix. It is stiff but loosens with some rubbing. Applied it very thinly to some patches and will try them out next range trip. Worst case I'll use it on boots again. The nice thing about properly rendered lard is that is almost odorless. So the patches or my boots won't stink using it. 

Actually thinking a 5-1 mix may be easier to work into the patches. May try that with next batch.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-02-19, 19:51

sounds good! let us know how it works out on the range.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-02-21, 09:24

I'm surprised 4 to 1 still is a bit too firm.  For my own learning, whats the temperature where you store it?  Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-02-21, 10:03

Currently sitting on shelf at 68-70 degrees.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-02-25, 09:33

I made a batch of Olive oil and bees wax this weekend.  First time messing around with bees wax.  I liked the sound of the consistency that you said 4 to 1 came out at, so that's what I went with.  The end result is about like the Track of the Wolf mink oil that they sell, I was pleased with it.  I just rub patches around on it and then rub the mixture into the patch with my thumbs.  I find that a very lightly lubed patch gives me the best groups, so I may experiment with 5 to 1 like you mentioned
if groups aren't what I want at the 4 to 1 ratio.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-03-07, 11:13

October sells a bear patch lube. I asked him once what the ratio was and he told me it was 90% bear tallow. Not sure how true that is but it works good.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-03-11, 12:34

Worst case it makes great boot leather treatment in my experience and we use it a lot in baking. Need to restock this fall if I can find a donor or two.
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PostSubject: Re: Bear lard for patches   Bear lard for patches Empty2019-03-11, 12:52

@30338 wrote:
Worst case it makes great boot leather treatment in my experience and we use it a lot in baking. Need to restock this fall if I can find a donor or two.

Me too. My Lakota friend has dibs on the fat and hide.
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