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Old February 17th, 2017, 11:58 AM   #1
 
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Cleaning my SS Old Army

I was looking at some videos from Ruger on YouTube having to do with complete dis-assembly and cleaning of the Old Army. I have had mine for more than 30 years and have shot it about 7000 times (that is how many #10 caps I have used including some to insure the cylinder chambers were dry). I have never thought I had the need to completely dis-assemble it. I just take the grips off, the charging handle out, the cylinder out, remove the nipples and throw the metal parts into a sink of sudsy water, leaving it there for a couple of hours. Afterwards, I scrub the barrel and rinse everything in boiling water and dry everything with my hot air gun. Then, before re-assembly I shoot the internals with a good dose of WD (water dispersant) 40. I pay particular attention to the non-SS parts, e.g., the sights. My question is: Do you guys completely field strip the revolver as the video suggests? I would think the more times it is field stripped more wear could occur on the screw threads. Just wondering.

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I know a fella who takes off his grips... and throws his SS Old Army's into the dishwasher. He don't disassemble 'em, at all. Never has. He's shot about 30k rounds through each one of his. I believe him... he has collected all the #10 Remington spent-caps... and the can that has 'em... is substantially full. Very impressive.

He's got the 7+ inch barrel versions... and his OA's still look and feel new. It's just a great firearm to start with... made to last more than one person's lifetime.
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I always cleaned my black powder guns withhot water and dish washing detergent and then dry and oil.
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After a session, at home I always strip it all the way down. Clean with soap and hot water and then use the Murphy Soap Mix with normal cleaning tools to finish the job. Then oil and reassemble.

I looked at a SS ROA that never was disassembled, so I was told.... It looked fine on the outside and it functioned, but ... one nipple was frozen solid. When I tore into the internals, it had rust everywhere. It cleaned up fine (other than the nipple problem)... But I passed on that one. Just my experience.... I clean mine.
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My oldest ROA from four is from 1974 SS....wood grips off....into the dishwasher set on high/hot.....high pressure air....to blow out the innards....still looks new...
My two blued ones...wood off....bring water to a boil in a teapot....pour into innards till water coming out clear.....steel would get so hot...remaining dampness would quickly evaporate...as designed a light spray of WD-40....and outside wipe down with light oil...still looks new...

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Cleaning the SS ROA

Thanks for the replies fellas.

I like reading reviews about the revolver.
Based on the Remington as we know, and has the safety notches between the chambers, so it is very safe to load six.
I even saw one dude who had one of his chambers decorated with some type of flower (a real savage no doubt) to remind him not to load that chamber.
On the same chamber he painted the nipple a bright red.
Please?

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I used to use a blow dryer until I got one of those little convection toaster ovens. I use the same method as most here, but instead of a heat gun or blow dryer I throw it in the convection oven at 200 for half an hour or so. Displace water with the WD40 then bake it. When it's hot I apply a little wonderlube. It melts like butter on the hot steel. I couldn't imagine fully stripping them down like in the Ruger video after shooting every time. Cleaning cap n ball revolvers are already time consuming enough.
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Black Powder cleaning

I probably do not have as much experience as the other guys answering the question, but I have 2 Pietta Blackpowder revolvers...one a fairly recent purchase and another that is 8 or 9 years old. I have probably shot only about 200 to 250 shots through them. I am very paranoid about cleaning though. Some people make it seem like no matter what you do they will corrode on you. I wash mine the same as I always do my Hawken. Separate the wood from the metal and put the metal in the hottest and soapiest water you can handle and brush all surfaces with a soft brush and swab out the barrel with a bore brush. I do remove the nipples to get anything out of the threads. I wash it well and then rinse it with water hotter than I can handle. I pull that out and dry it, allowing the heat to evaporate out any moisture. Then I Bore Butter the inside of the barrel and oil it lightly. No disasters yet. I love to shoot them...but cleaning them is quite the chore. The dishwasher trick sounds interesting...but perhaps grounds for Divorce.
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I strip my SS OA down to nothing 2 or 3 times a year. I shoot it on average twice a month. I am the original owner and I purchased it new in the late mid-late 70s (first year the SS model came out). No idea on the round count but its a LOT and I have had some rust on the inside parts a few times but luckily since I fully disassemble it 2-3 times a year the rust has never been bad.
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