Dwarren: Sounds like you are useing a mix of Ed's Red. Or fairly close to it depending how you mix it. I know a guy who made a gallon about a year ago and he's still using it. He shoots all the time to. I think he said he only had about $10.00 in the whole mix. His guns look as good as anybodys and they work great. Must be something to it. I sure can't say anything bad about it.