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Old August 27th, 2015, 12:15 PM   #1
 
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ROA Cleaning?

Just picked up a mint blued Old Army and can't wait to shoot it. On the Ruger site he breaks the gun down to nuts and bolts for cleaning. My question is, how far do you break down yours and what do you do each time for cleaning. I've completely taken apart a Blackhawk once. What do you all say?



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I was once told to pull the grips and put the frame and cylinder in the dishwasher, when done blow it out with dry air. When dry use spray lube. I never tried it.
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I pull the grips, put it in a sink full of HOT water. After a while, I scrub the bore with a shotgun swab (12 gauge). Rinse under the hottest water I can get out of the tap (make sure the metal is good and warm). Wipe the outside surfaces with Bore Butter (the metal should dry itself almost instantly). Lube the bore, cylinder, etc with Bore Butter. A quick spray of WD40 into the innerds. Replace the grips.
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I pull the grips, put it in a sink full of HOT water. After a while, I scrub the bore with a shotgun swab (12 gauge). Rinse under the hottest water I can get out of the tap (make sure the metal is good and warm). Wipe the outside surfaces with Bore Butter (the metal should dry itself almost instantly). Lube the bore, cylinder, etc with Bore Butter. A quick spray of WD40 into the innerds. Replace the grips.
Plus 1 on that.
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I have never taken my revolver down. Every 5 or 6 years I have a gunsmith take them down to clean them. I wouldn't know if a part was failing or just wearing normally. Like Clint Eastwood said a man must know his limitations.
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I always clean my muzzle loaders with hot soapy water taking the grips off revolvers and taking the cylinder ou of the frame and in the case of an old army the cu loading lever and ball loader.
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Thanks for the input. It doesn't appear that you're taking the grip frame off the upper when cleaning. My concern was moisture (water) getting some place it would not/could not dry and causing rust.
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Thanks for the input. It doesn't appear that you're taking the grip frame off the upper when cleaning. My concern was moisture (water) getting some place it would not/could not dry and causing rust.
That's why you get it as warm as you can. It'll dry almost instantly.
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Strip it down like any other cap and ball revolver and clean with Hoppes # 9 plus blackpowder solvent.
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After shooting, I ALWAYS break my ROAs all the way down (every part is laid out and cleaned). Use hot soap water to clean as well as the Murphy soap mix. After the complete cleaning, oil it, and reassemble. It is surprising how much gunk gets into the lock work. That is how I do it. You must remove the nipples every time and clean regardless. Otherwise you risk unable to removing them later. One time I checked out a ROA that I might have bought, but it had one frozen nipple. I tried to remove but no go. Also the lockwork was 'rusty' as apparently not cleaned internally.... I cleaned it up for the guy, but passed on buying it.
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has other have stated...hot water is all your really need...minus the wood grips....I have run my ROAs through a dishwasher set on high/hot...and followed with a oil wipe down. when dishwasher not available...I have a coat hanger bent has a handle..to hang ROA over the sink....and pour straight from the teapot....BOILING hot water...it will flush out all the nooks and crannies..and the metal will be hot enough to evaporate remaining droplets internally...with a oiling down....not a speck of rust in....41 years!!
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After shooting, I ALWAYS break my ROAs all the way down (every part is laid out and cleaned)....
I remove every screw, nipple and spring. It's a pain, but I don't like rust in screw threads and can only be sure no moisture gets/stays in them this way.
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Mike Beliveau, who is the black powder editor of Guns of the Old West magazine, and who has the YouTube channel Duelist1954, uses Ballistol cut with water. Not the aerosol Ballistol, but the one that comes in a can with a screw top. He mixes one part Ballistol to ten parts water in a spray bottle. Seems to work really well. Look for his cleaning videos on YouTube.
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