BLACK POWDER SHOOTING
CLEANING YOUR BLACK
POWDER RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS
A really good
cleaning especially if you are going to store your gun. Their
are several wonderful solutions. I did recently find a lead out
which works great. Clean gun good --good -- after using this
solution. You can also use Napa Cutting Oil water soluble, CLP
Break free oil, for Quick and good results. Recently I found
that a mixture of Alcohol, Peroxide, and Murphy's oil soap mixed
1- 1- 1 (mixed one to one ).
I like to save my
old flannel shirts that I cut up into patches for cleaning. They
have been washed a lot and lost a great deal of their fuzziness.
They hold up well and are easy to retrieve if you stick one.
Otherwise a 50 cal = 049 patch works well. Pillow ticking works
well but I like to wash it before I use it to get all the sizing
out of it. It is one of the few products left on the market that
the Government hasn't given the manufactures permission to use
15% percent polyester in all their cotton products. You can test
your cotton fabrics by burning them in your char can. When
finished look at the lid, the polyester will collect on the
underside of the lid.
Remove lock first
to keep cleaners from getting behind it and cause rust. Makes it
easier to reach the all important flash hole.
Insert a round
toothpick into the flash hole.
Pour only enough
mixture down barrel as to not get sprayed. Then scrub with brass
brush. Let barrel sit while you clean lock, inspect it closely
and oil. Go back to barrel and force mixture through the flash
hole over a catch container. Wipe bore using both sides of the
cleaning patch. Roll a patch long ways and push to bottom of
barrel and twist with the patch worm and remove. Repeat again
and again with clean patches until the patch comes out clean.
At this point if
I'm at home or if my planning to store my gun for a period of
time I will pre heat my oven to 120o and put all metal parts in
for a period of 20 min. Take them out and let them cool. I will
then spray oil down the barrel and swab with clean patch. I then
oil outside the barrel and lock until they are near dry.
Same as flintlock
except replace nipple with a plug. Q tip works well. Remove
barrel and follow the same procedure as with the flintlock.
The procedure is
the same as with flintlock and percussion rifles.
If you should be at
a match or a hunt when the temperature is below -0 degrees or
hovering in the low teens don't be surprised if you find
yourself as I did a few weeks ago at a primitive shoot were the
temperature was in the low teens and really not much wind. As
you know you shoot and do a lot of standing around moving from
target to target. THE COLD EFFECTED MY BARREL to the point were
I was consistently 8 inches to the left. Lucky I recognized what
was happening because it happened to me years ago. I had to hold
8 inches to the right. My distance was also slightly high so I
had to make adjustments for that also.
After we were
finished shooting we all agreed to shoot fast and heat up our
barrels. After shooting 5 shots as fast as we could our shots
began to come back on center. Let the gun sit for 15 minuets and
it went wild again. So tuck this in the back of your mind.
Bees wax and tallow
- waterproofing mixed in a can - wipe around your flash pan when
as a seal when your encountering rain and snow. Also use it on
your mocks and shooting bag for waterproofing. This can be made
using 1 to 1 beeswax and lard from the Hog, Bear or groundhog.
Hope you find this
interesting and useful. Should be very helpful when introducing
another person to our sport.
Now, go burn