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#6614635 - 01/03/17 03:10 PM Shooting muzzleloader fouled?
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/06/16
Posts: 22
I just sighted in my muzzleloader. Should i clean it much or leave it fouled for my hunt?


Edited by Hunterwannabe (01/03/17 04:45 PM)

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#6614906 - 01/03/17 05:37 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
poisonivie Offline


Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 7388
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
I have always cleaned. BP or substitutes are extremely corrosive on barrels.
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#6614965 - 01/03/17 06:15 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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Light Foot

Registered: 02/12/16
Posts: 44
Loc: Conroe, TX
Clean it or you may regret it later.

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#6615026 - 01/03/17 06:40 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
bassman110 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 02/04/10
Posts: 185
Loc: Wylie, TX
I agree clean it. If it is an in-line you can always shoot a cap without a load before you hunt.

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#6615032 - 01/03/17 06:44 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
Brother Phil Offline
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Registered: 01/07/15
Posts: 154
I am new to this. I suggest cleaning it after each use. If it is an inline, remember to clean and regrease the breech plug. They sell a special grease for this, or you can use anti-seize compound. I also sighted in my ML today. I am going hunting tomorrow.

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#6615197 - 01/03/17 08:15 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4172
Loc: Burleson Texas
For sure keep barrel clean.
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#6615220 - 01/03/17 08:25 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/06/16
Posts: 22
Okay will do, i ran hoopes bore cleaner and a couple of patches but did not scrub with bronze brush and do heavy duty cleaning. I will make sure to get crud off. I will shoot a cap before hunt. That should help right?

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#6615469 - 01/03/17 11:44 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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Registered: 12/16/12
Posts: 395
I would definitely clean it. Is it an inline, flint lock or percussion lock. I have only owned percussion lock muzzleloader rifles. If you have one of these then get a nipple wrench or wrap some tape around some pliers so not to rough up the nipple and twist it off, remove the wedge and take the barrel out of the stock. Then get a bucket with hot soapy water and put the nipple end of the barrel in the bucket, take a cleaning patch and push it in with a cleaning jag and then pull the cleaning rod up and down to get the soap and water to work up and down inside the barrel. Make sure to use very hot water so the heated barrel will dry out better so you won't have to worry about rust. Also get yourself a fouling scraper to use at the end of your ramrod. A vent pick or needle is also good to have on hand in case your nipple gets debris covering the flash hole. Then just run some dry patches through it after it looks dry to be sure and then run a lubed patch through it to seal the barrel. Just remember to run a dry patch through it before you shoot it again to take away any bore butter left from sealing the barrel. Congrats on getting a muzzleloader.

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#6616373 - 01/04/17 02:27 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
hangfire Offline
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Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 273
Loc: Jefferson county, Tx.
Great advice from bowbuilrer1971, just forget about the cleaning solutions you normally use with regular rifles. Soap and whot water are the best solutions. Even after it is clean stay

away from petroleum products, as he suggests, bore butter is good. bg

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#6617506 - 01/05/17 08:07 AM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
Vern1 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 1814
Loc: Pettytown, TX, US of A
Wait....am I the only one that cleans my smokepole in the shower?
Actually makes it easier with the long barrels....
Pistols and cannons still get the sink though.
Final rinse in hot water and hang it for a little while with muzzle down.
The warm metal will dry pretty quickly so you can preserve it.

And like everybody else already said but it can't be said enough: Clean it now or regret it later!


Edited by Vern1 (01/05/17 08:12 AM)
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#6625597 - 01/10/17 09:01 AM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Vern1]
bossbowman Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
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Loc: Hill county
Originally Posted By: Vern1
Wait....am I the only one that cleans my smokepole in the shower?


nope, I do

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#6627039 - 01/11/17 03:08 AM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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^^^^^HAHAHAHA You guys crack me up!!!!^^^^^

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#6627247 - 01/11/17 09:00 AM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: bowbuilder1971]
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Registered: 09/13/11
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Loc: Pettytown, TX, US of A
Originally Posted By: bowbuilder1971
^^^^^HAHAHAHA You guys crack me up!!!!^^^^^


If it ain't fun, why bother?
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#6627862 - 01/11/17 04:05 PM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
Gemlin Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 423
Id recommend using Blackhorn 209, if you have an inline with 209 primers.

It is one of the cleanest powders out there. Generally doesnt produce enough soot in the barrel stopping you loading another shot.

I would still recommend you clean it after you shoot it. This powder is often labeled as the smokeless powder of muzzle loading. You clean it withe the same stuff you do for your centerfire rifles


Edited by Gemlin (01/11/17 04:06 PM)

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#6628629 - 01/12/17 06:44 AM Re: Shooting muzzleloader fouled? [Re: Hunterwannabe]
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Light Foot

Registered: 12/06/16
Posts: 22
I tried windex and it seems to work as well...not sure of long term effects.

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