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cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:53 am
by LazyGhost
My nephew got a muzzleloader for Xmas, been a while for me but what's needed to clean it? I believe the homemade concoction was murfeys oil, peroxide and alcohol?

Re: cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:03 am
by Bullie
What are you gonna shoot in it? Pyrodex or one of the newer propellants?

Re: cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:20 am
by jbullard1
I only shoot black powder Goex brand
My cleaning solution is
1 part Murphy's Oil soap
2 Parts Blue Windshield washer fluid
.. Substitute for washer fluid is 1 pint water 1/2 cup alcohol,
Mix well
The following is best done outside
Plug nipple or vent hole and fill barrel let soak a few minutes
take a round jag and tight fitting cleaning patch, remove toothpick and ram patch down barrel and pump back and forth several times. Continue patches until bore is dry and clean I then oil the bore with olive oil and spray the outside with Rem oil
3 or 4 patches is all I need to clean my flintlock but my barrel is seasoned from several hundred roundballs

Re: cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:25 am
by sonora redneck
Well ditto to jb I just wrote a long post sayin pretty much what he said but he beat me to it

Re: cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:33 am
by LazyGhost
Bullie wrote:What are you gonna shoot in it? Pyrodex or one of the newer propellants?

Aint sure...they'll be here in a bit to shoot the gun.

Thanx guys

Re: cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 12:09 pm
by Bullie
jbullard covered what you need to do if you use black powder or pyrodex. If you use one of the more modern propellants you can use any of the standard gun cleaners.

Re: cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:10 pm
by quigleysharps4570
I use a flush tube set-up with just soapy water most of the time. On those occasions when I don't get that rig out I just use a water, alcohol and vinegar mixture...store bought Windex with vinegar works well too. Also use that mixture in my blackpowder revolvers and cartridge guns. ;)

Re: cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:45 pm
by jbullard1
Just so everyone knows, there are about as many ways to properly clean a black powder gun as there are people that clean them.
Quigs recipe does well as does boiling water down the barrel
Thing to remember is have the patches come out clean and use a tight jag/patch combo.
the inlines are a little easier to clean with the removable breechplug.
Just remember even if it is a modern Black Powder substitute it is still very corrosive and will ruin even a stainless steel barrel in short order
Clean well and often

Re: cleaning a muzzleloader

PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:55 pm
by quigleysharps4570
Have an update on this LazyGhost?