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Old February 27th, 2009, 01:37 PM   #1
 
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Question Black Powder Cleaning Suggestions??

How do you guys clean your Black powder rifles & pistols. I know how I clean mine and there HAS to be a better way!



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Old February 27th, 2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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Good old soap and water!
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Old February 27th, 2009, 02:53 PM   #3
 
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At the range, I have used Black Solve for many years with good results.
It is a mixture of water soluble oil and detergent, mixed with water.
When I get home, it is usually hot tap water with a little Dawn dishwahing detergent.
I then use '60s vintage milspec bore cleaner as a protective coating as it is mostly acid-free light oil.

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Mine is an inline CVA. I plug the breech plug with a golf tee, I use a little Dawn dishwashing liquid and boiling water from the tea kettle. I agitate it around a bit and dump it out, remove the breech plug and continue to run boiling water through the barrel. Sometimes I need to use Birchwood Casey water soluble powder solvent if it's really bad. When it's clean, I run a swab coated with Cabela's muzzle loader lube that I softened in the microwave. It really protects the barrel well.
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Good old soap and water!
Yep +1, I have also used a Ultra Shark II Steamer. Folowed by Ballistol.

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Old March 4th, 2009, 04:36 PM   #6
 
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1. I fill a bucket with the hottest soapy water I can stand.
2. I put a bore brush on my cleaning rod, wet it with soapy water and scrub the bore with it 15-20 times to loosen fouling.
3. I remove the nipple or vent liner, put the breech end of the barrel in the bucket, put a cleaning jag on the rod with a tight fitting patch and pump soapy water through the bore until it comes out clear.
4. I then run clean patches through the bore. repeat step 3. as needed. when the patches come out clean I move to step 5.
5. I empty my bucket and put the breech in the bucket. I then take a plastic funnel in the barrel and flush it with clean hot water. The hot water rinses the bore and dries pretty quick.
6. I then run a few clean dry patches through the bore to make sure it is dry and then oil up the bore and the exterior. and put anti seize lube on the nipple or vent liner and put every thing back to gather.

It sounds more difficult than it is. I can get my smoke poles clean in about ten minutes with this method.
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It may not be right, I never use soap and water just clean it like a regular firearm
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Old March 4th, 2009, 11:18 PM   #8
 
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I mainly use Triple 7 powder, and clean my 1851 Navy with hot water, bronze bore brush, a few cloth patches, and cotton swabs. I remove the nipples from the cylinder every cleaning.

The Triple 7 cleans up easily, but doesn't make that Goex smoke...
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1. I fill a bucket with the hottest soapy water I can stand.
2. I put a bore brush on my cleaning rod, wet it with soapy water and scrub the bore with it 15-20 times to loosen fouling.
3. I remove the nipple or vent liner, put the breech end of the barrel in the bucket, put a cleaning jag on the rod with a tight fitting patch and pump soapy water through the bore until it comes out clear.
4. I then run clean patches through the bore. repeat step 3. as needed. when the patches come out clean I move to step 5.
5. I empty my bucket and put the breech in the bucket. I then take a plastic funnel in the barrel and flush it with clean hot water. The hot water rinses the bore and dries pretty quick.
6. I then run a few clean dry patches through the bore to make sure it is dry and then oil up the bore and the exterior. and put anti seize lube on the nipple or vent liner and put every thing back to gather.

It sounds more difficult than it is. I can get my smoke poles clean in about ten minutes with this method.
This is the correct cleaning procedure (if you are shooting patched balls, you don't need step 2)
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Having a simple smoothbore .75 cal. Bess (& others)it's easy (but time consuming)
Clean at range with 50% Windex & 50% Fantastic or 409 mix until clean patches come out.
At home disassemble and reclean everything with HOT water. Into the oven at 175/200 deg, and hot wax / oil all except bore.
Bore only sees non-petrolium oil (olive oil & bee's wax mix).
Not saying it's perfect,,, but I never get rust.
Taked 20-30 minutes at the range, and 45 +/- minutes at home.
Been doing it this way since the late 70's.
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MP

I use Amsoil MP only on all my firearms, Blackpowder or smokeless.
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Don't know if any of you guys here have read Paul Matthew's books for black powder cartridge rifles, but Paul was actually using half antifreeze and water to clean the black powder fouling out of his Sharps and Rolling Blocks.

I had always heard hot water and soap until I read Matthew's book on the antifreeze suggestion.
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With two dozen cap and ball revolvers a day at the range can mean a LONG night of cleaning. I pop the grips off, remove cylinders and barrels on open tops and put them all in the dish washer. I start removing them one at a time about half way through the drying cycle and spray and wipe down with Ballistol, reassemble and go to the next one.
If I only have two or three to clean it's hot soapy water and Ballistol.

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I use gunzilla and it is awesome for cleaning up after black powder and no soap and water this stuff kills carbon.
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Hmmmm...? I'm a bit late at this post but you fellers are making this a whole lot harder than it needs to be. I shoot almost exclusively flintlock smoothbores and all that's needed if you're using Goex black powder is water. Just plain ole room tempreture tap water. Not boiled or mixed with anything. Just cool tap water. Hot water and solvents cause more problems than they solve. Heating up the metal once you've stripped it spotless with solvents will cause "flash rusting". That's why that last patch you ran downbore came back covered in red rust. Just drop a few patches in cool water and swab the bore until the patches go from black to slate gray in color and then dry it with clean dry cotton patches. Make sure to use a breech-scraper! Then apply yer choice of rust preventive stuff. Done. Whole job takes about 10 minutes. JMHO of course. Audie..the oldfart.
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