muzzle loader

11/23/15 @ 8:08 PM
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gotacarp
gotacarp
USER since 2/2/10
Hey guys wanting to buy a new muzzle loader! Looking for some input! Got about $400 to spend looking at the cva any thoughts? Thanks fellas
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12/7/17 @ 6:24 PM
Brother of the brush
Brother of the brush
USER since 1/22/12

SJB, gotta laugh at that one.  Did the same thing as a kid taping a shotgun shell to the end of a daisy BB gun.  After the string went well, put it to the shoulder.  Next came a piece of conduit the 12 gauge shell would fit inside, then taped the BB gun....Fun times..

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12/7/17 @ 12:50 PM
SJB
SJB
USER since 7/16/01

JZZZZ - in my teens, I worked for my uncle who had a gun shop.  When we would get a request like yours, and not sure how the gun would shoot, or had safety concerns, we would take the gun, load it, place a string on the trigger, point in a safe direction and get behind the shed.  Then pull the string.  If the barrel exploded, no harm to us. 

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12/6/17 @ 8:36 PM
Btw567
Btw567
USER since 9/22/17

On the cleaning question, make sure you "season" the bore of the muzzloader with Bore Butter.  TC makes a good product and never use oil inside the barrel.  You will be amazed at how easy it is to clean your barrel after following these instructions. 

1.  Shoot your muzzleloader.

2.  Swab the bore with a patch seasoned with bore butter.  You should be able to get a completely clean patch after only swabbing with 3 or so patches.

3.  Apply bore butter to a clean patch and thoroughly swab the bore.  The next time you shoot just repeat the procedure.  You will be amazed at how easy it will be to clean.

4.  Wipe the outside of the gun with regular gun oil.



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12/5/17 @ 7:49 AM
Jzzzzz
Jzzzzz
USER since 1/19/02

silly  question maybe,  several years ago I built a cva .50 cal Hawkins rifle, turned out really nice, I have not shot it due to the fact that I am not an experienced black powder guy secondly I am a little uneasy about the condition of the gun, do any of you more experienced guys know of a dealer or gunsmith that could look over the gun and make sure I built it correctly and safely possibly even shoot it a few time to make sure it wont explode on me, haha  any help is very appreciated!


Thanks!

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12/20/15 @ 6:15 AM
Working Retrievers
Working Retrievers
USER since 5/12/03
I'm old school also. Layman great planes rifle shooting 90 grains of FFG with a patched .490 round ball.

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12/18/15 @ 6:27 PM
madforlabs
madforlabs
USER since 12/20/12
Switch to BH 209 and watch your barrel fouling decrease by a factor of about 4. Shoots great too!

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12/18/15 @ 6:11 PM
tiddies1981
tiddies1981
USER since 1/22/15
Soapy water with barrel end in sink. Brush it a few times. Rinse with water. Then dry patch. Then oiled patch.

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12/18/15 @ 4:52 PM
SJB
SJB
USER since 7/16/01
Just the thought of using water on a gun seem foreign to me. With the soapy water, running a patch down with it or what? I am using triple 7 pellets.

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12/16/15 @ 4:59 PM
muskrat30
muskrat30
USER since 10/14/01
There are two parts to M-L cleaning/care. First you clean the gun, then use a damp patch to put a light coat of oil in the bore. After that wipe the outside with a lightly oiled cloth.

With most powders/pellets, other than B209, use a hot soapy water solution to clean. Once that is done, go with the oil coat.

With B209 powder, Hoppes 9 does it all.

If the gun sits a bit in the off season, take it out every 4-5 months for a light oil coat replenishment.

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12/16/15 @ 4:26 PM
bowtech Dee
bowtech Dee
USER since 10/23/12
Hot soapy water

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