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    Posted: April 02 2013 at 10:15pm
What kind of oil was carried in the butt stock oiler, back when???
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I have one with brown light weight oil, like a ten weight. Smell like kerosene.
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In earlier rifles such as sniders and martinis, I am sure they used Rangoon oil. I am not sure if this was carried over to the lee enfield but I have heard my father talk about Rangoon oil in the past.
It was available recently but not sure if its the same stuff.
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Issue in the 60's & 70's was something sold commercially in the U.K. as "Young's .303" by Parker-Hale. Its water soluable to use as a cleaner & neutralizer for corrosive primers & used as it comes its a lube.
For a while "Dangerous Dave (the old western scrounger)" sold it in the U.S. as something he called "STES", which stood for "Slicker Than Eel Sweat". I don't know of a current source in the U.S.
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Wow!

I know that I am Irish, most of the I am in the dark and the food taste funny but I have a different understanding of "STES".

It is my understanding that "STES" stands for  "Slicker Than Eel S*it"

But then I do not know may eels.
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And they are in NC!
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You're right Paddy, but he was printing in magazine ads for general circulation, so he probably toned it down a tad.
Rangoon oil IS good stuff, but its frequently a modern version currently. Unlike Youngs its also not water soluable.
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Originally posted by paddyofurniture paddyofurniture wrote:

I have one with brown light weight oil, like a ten weight. Smell like kerosene.



The oiler in the stock of my Vimy Vet has what appears to be the same stuff. Brown, light wieght & smells like a bad fart.(I keep the thing locked in the stock...in case it gets out & breeds. )
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Hoadie are you sure it is not a face fart? A burp that smells so bad you wish it had come out the other end.

Shamu, do you think it is worth buying some of the currently made Rangoon oil?

It is my understanding that "STES" stands for  "Slicker Than Eel S*it" ( I think that is where the current administration came from).



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There is stuff called Balistol that is water soluable that sounds like what you are describing. I believe it was developed by the Germans before WWI.  I bought some and it has a funny smell but after spilling the Montana Extreme Wacko  Balistol is a delight by comparison.
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Sounds like you guys have some really old Youngs in there.
Its light to dark brown & smells of creosote & disinfectant. If it smells like a facefart it "went orff"Dead & should be replaced.
 
Ballistol is a similar idea, but different in composition.
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"Shamu, do you think it is worth buying some of the currently made Rangoon oil?"
 
Honestly, not at that prtice! Rangoon oil was just a really low evaporation oil that came from oil deposits near Rangoon, nothing supersecret special about it. I'd tend to go more with a modern synthetic oil as they've come a long way & didn't even exist back in the days of the Raj!
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Thanks Shamu.
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I asked my father today and he confirmed that the issue oil at least in Australia was indeed Rangoon oil.
This was in the 40's but later they may have changed to a commercial gun oil.
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