|Traditional Side-Lock Muzzle-Loaded Firearm Cleaning: |
One of the most important things to know about older traditional side-lock muzzle-loaded rifles is proper cleaning and care.
Never assume a gun is unloaded, check before attempting to clean.
Equipment And Tools Needed For This Job:
Effective for removing rock-hard powder residue
that accumulates at the bottom of the bore.
Effective for removing any fouling that remains
after scraping the bottom of the bore.
Effective for coating and swabbing the bore with
cleaners and lubricants in all muzzleloading firearms.
Synthetic Reversible Bore Brush:
Effective for scrubbing the bore in all muzzleloading
firearms, it is synthetic and will not harm the bore.
Two-Way Cleaning Jag:
Effective jag for holding patches to be used
in two directional use.
Side Lock Rifle Cleaning Sequence:
Black powder and Pyrodex produce an acidic residue that, over time, will etch your bore and destroy its accuracy. You need to remove those residues with plain hot soapy water and special black powder solvents.
1. Check that the rifle is unloaded before cleaning.
2. Remove the side-lock (the lock is the plate on the side of the muzzleloader where the hammer is attached).
3. Spray the inside of the lock with cleaner and allow cleaner to work.
4. Remove nipple or touch hole liner.
5. Place the nipple or touch hole liner in a cleaning solution to soak.
6. Remove the barrel from the stock.
7. Use a fouling scraper to break up the heavy crusty fouling in the bottom of the barrel, dump this residue out.
8. Use a bottom brush to finish breaking up and dislodging fouling in the bottom of barrel, dump this residue out.
9. Use a bore mop saturated with cleaning solution and run this up and down the barrel a time or two and allow solution to work.
10. Finish cleaning your lock and dry.
11. Finish cleaning your nipple or touch hole liner and dry.
12. Clean any powder residue from the gun stock, barrel channel, trigger area and the lock area as well.
13. Use a synthetic, reversible bore brush and scrub the bore of the barrel.
14. Flush all powder residue and fouling from bore by pouring hot water down the bore from the muzzle end of the barrel check to ensure that the threads for the nipple or touch hole liner are clean as well.
15. Using a good two-way jag run a dry patch down the barrel to begin totally drying the bore, continue with clean dry patches till bore is dry.
16. Dry the threads for the nipple or touch hole liner.
17. Using a bore mop saturated with a good protectant, coat the inside of the barrel.
18. Wipe down the barrel with a good protective oil and reinstall into stock.
19. Ensure that the threads for the nipple or touch hole liner are dry and then put a drop of lube on the threads, reinstall these.
20. Reinstall the side-lock in the stock and your done.
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