Think I got a breech plug stuck in my muzzleloader. Tried and tried to get it out and all I am doing is bending the spike I run through the piece I unscrew the breech plug with. Any thoughts as how to get the darn thing out of there?
They're a pain in the rear to get out sometimes. I spent an hour one night gettin mine out. Seems like someone told me they are supposed to be lubricated with somethin before puttin em back in????? I dont know what the stuff is tho. Would have to be somethin that wouldn't freeze up in cold weather tho I'd think
The lube that you're supposed to use is called Breach Plug Grease. It's not too expensive but it's a must as far as I'm concerned. I only shoot mine a couple times then I give it a good cleaning. If you don't clean yours too often though, I'd think even with the breach plug grease it would be hard to get it out.
Thankfully I've never had one stuck but I would try to apply heat to it first thing. Might not be a bad idea to soak it down w/penetrating oil for a couple days prior also. Before you reinstall use some thread anti-seize on it.
Before going to the tuff techniques to get the plug out - I would suggest that you heat the breech area.
if you can remove the trigger assembly, bolt, and scope from the gun. Then I would start by using boiling water, pour boiling water down the bore then submerge the the breech in a container of boiling water.
The heat and temperature will expand the metal, with the barrel expanding more rapidly than the dense breech plug.
When it is well heated then with a good fitting socket see if you can turn the plug out.
Might try wrapping your plug in teflon tape to keep it from sticking.... much cleaner than grease..
[rquote=1506172&tid=105048&author=Mailman]Not to say that the teflon tape trick wouldn't work but you'd think that the muzzle loader makers would promote this technique instead of using breech plug grease.......just say'n...:shrug:[/rquote]
But they sell the grease.:cheers:
[rquote=1506142&tid=105048&author=nastyjack63]sabotloader, I've never tried the teflon tape, does it work good? any special kind or just what is laying on my workbench?[/rquote]
The pink tape from Oatey works best.
I have never shot 50 at one range trip in one gun gone as may as 45 in the Omega. It was a breeze to to the plug out when I got home. And I do not loosen it while shooting either - just load and shoot.
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