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Old 09-23-2008, 05:05 PM
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Breech Plug

Has anyone found a easy way to clean these things. Burshes are too large. Spray stuff is too messy. Really looking for something to soak it off.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:46 PM
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With BP you're gonna get dirty if you want the job done right.

I'm sure there are solvents out there that'll cut through the gunk built up on the plug, but I prefer to do things but hand.

A little solvent, a toothbrush, a bunch of Q-tips and paperclip. Hot soapy water will do the trick too. When she's all done, dry and relube the threads

I'm sure this is the same route you take, and I personally haven't had the need to find a quicker way to get it clean. Maybe take a small tupperware container and soak for 30 mins in BP Solvent. Im sure that would cut and desintgrate all the gunk! Worth a try.
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:48 PM
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Kroil is a penetrating oil that really gets to anything if you can let it set for awhile. After Kroil gets to the gunk, use a stainless brush and all gunk will give up.
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Old 09-24-2008, 04:53 PM
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Laugh if you want but I'm considering running it thru the dishwasher(without the bride knowing it ofcoarse)
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:16 PM
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Breech Plug

buckhunter, I would try less dangerous methods first. (Dangerous if I had to tell my wife what I ran through the dishwasher). Try a good penetrating oil and it will really loosen all of the crud. Acetone won't do any good because it evaporates too fast. After a penetrating oil gets the crud loosened up the acetone will take it right off.
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:26 PM
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Many years ago I ran into Mike Venturino who was the black powder editor for Shooting Times magazine. He told me that he used Windex with vinegar to clean all his blackpowder guns, including his revolvers. This is the clear Windex that is now called Windex Multi Task.

Been cleaning the bores and breech plugs of all my muzzleloaders since that time with Windex with vinegar. Just spray it on the breech plug, hit it lightly with a toothbrush and rinse the crud off.

When shooting at the range I use Windex with vinegar to swab the barrel between shots then follow up with two dry patches. Before leaving the range I run a wet patch down the bore. The breechplug comes out a lot easier when I get home. Bore cleaning is easy with Windex with vinegar. Be sure to run a lubed patch through the bore after cleaning.

This works well with black powder and all the BP substitutes. The acid in the vinegar dissolves the base in the powder residue. The vinegar content is like 6 percent.
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Old 05-12-2009, 03:07 PM
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Interesting. Who would have thought.
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:05 PM
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I have been using 777 in my inline... hot soappy water is all I use... clean as a whistle... a little gorilla grease on the threads and never had an issue.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:02 PM
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a perfect soaking method is using a 35mm film container because you can cap it and not use a lot of solvent, some have said gasoline works, i have heard of choke tube solvent doing the trick, i just use a tooth brush a tooth pick and soak it in black powd solvent then pick and scrub the damn things.
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:53 PM
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If you are talking about removing the breach plug at the beginning of cleaning..hard to get out...I just run hot soapy water with a swab down the bore first..that loosens the gunk and plug screws right out..after that ...I guess above info such as windex to clean out the plug would be of interest.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:58 AM
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i use foaming bore cleaner made by cva 777 makes it also and it does wonders i fill the barrel let it set then take the breech plug out and swab the barrell use a pickle jar minus the pickles of course lol and put plug in and fill with the foam let sit for an hour or so then hot soapy water and as good as new
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