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The new gun is almost here and I spent most of the day surfing and looking at old ML posts. Many, somebody needs to put these in a book. Any good books out there?

Can folks post their top "tips" or lessons learned.. Man I'm getting excited to take this out and shoot.

Here's some I took from this website..

Windex - seems to be a good field swab.

Putting the gun away for year (from UnderClocked)
When you go to put it away, run patches of WD-40 down that bore until they come out clean. Finish with a patch of RemOil or Breakfree CLP. WD-40 is a mahvelous solvent and metal protector that gets a bad rap. Wait about two weeks and run a couple of more lubed patches through the bore.

Then make sure you get all the oil out of the barrel before loading it again.


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I use the bore cleaner that you can buy at most stores. I run one wet patch (patch with cleaner above) and one dry patch each down the barrell after every shot unless I am hunting.
 

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One Quick Hint: Once done shooting for the day.....get that thing cleaned ASAP because all the fouling of the powder tends to solidify every part that it touches. I left mine sit for two days once after I shot it about 20 times and the breech plug was almost welded inside the rifle. Took some doing to get that thing loose again.
 

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1) swabbing, windex/denatured alcohol, oil patch when done shooting, we are currently experimenting with a product called awesome (dollar store) seems to clean barrels REAL WELL
2) extended storage, i do a total flush and clean, i have MY large pot.. go buy 1.. and get water to a rolling boil, add dish soap stick muzzle of barrel in there (assuming you can remove the breech plug) and using the jag and patch pull water into the barrel and flush back out, i normally do this 20-30 times, reheat the water again to a rolling boil and again 3-4 times the super hot water will instantly heat the barrel, and help it dry rapidly, caution wear rubber gloves
3) after the flushing i mix up mobil 1 grease and mobil 1 oil and swab my barrel, coating it, then i thourghly clean my breech plug, re apply anti- seize, re install, now i remove my firing pin assembly and do the same (tc encore) wipe the outsides down with rem oil and store

HINT mix the mobil1 grease and mobil 1 oil till it's a bit thicker than honey and make sure it's all removed before you load
 

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[rquote=1491004&tid=104158&author=Mailman]One Quick Hint: Once done shooting for the day.....get that thing cleaned ASAP because all the fouling of the powder tends to solidify every part that it touches. I left mine sit for two days once after I shot it about 20 times and the breech plug was almost welded inside the rifle. Took some doing to get that thing loose again.[/rquote]
I second that clean soon & often:wave:
 

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apply anti- seize, solves alot of problems on breech plugs
 

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I use Triple 7 to avoid sulfur corrosion. Always greese the breech plug cause once it's stuck:boohoo:
 

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Use a mixture of murphys oil soap and water 60 murph to 40 water at the range to clean after a days shooting ........or every 10 shots or so ............then clean good after getting home

[Edited on 12-5-2009 by kgdog]
 

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[rquote=1492512&tid=104158&author=twag]I use Triple 7 to avoid sulfur corrosion. Always greese the breech plug cause once it's stuck:boohoo:[/rquote] i have unstuck more than 1, the trick is applying heat....gently..... no need to cherry red it, just warm it up good, also triple 7 will corode a gun, don't for 1 second think that it won't
 

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If you decide to leave a load in the gun overnight, take the primer out and leave the gun in a vehicle or somewhere safe outside overnight to keep condensation from forming inside the gun from rapid changes in temperature. This sure saves on powder and bullet expenses from shooting the load off at the end of every hunt.
 

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shoot gun a few times, put in cabinet. next year take gun out. look at the barrel and say to self....I probably should have cleaned this thing last year. take gun as far apart as possible, without wife seeing, put a few inches of hot water in the bath tub and soak gun for 10 minutes or so. while constantly looking over your shoulder, grab a bore brush and scrub like theres no tomorrow. as quickly as you can, remove gun from nasty black water, rinse tub, dry gun, reassemble and go shoot:D
 

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[rquote=1500873&tid=104158&author=Jeremy]shoot gun a few times, put in cabinet. next year take gun out. look at the barrel and say to self....I probably should have cleaned this thing last year. take gun as far apart as possible, without wife seeing, put a few inches of hot water in the bath tub and soak gun for 10 minutes or so. while constantly looking over your shoulder, grab a bore brush and scrub like theres no tomorrow. as quickly as you can, remove gun from nasty black water, rinse tub, dry gun, reassemble and go shoot:D[/rquote]:rof2::rof2::rof2: your wife hates you huh??????:hysterical::hysterical:
 

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[rquote=1500890&tid=104158&author=yankee][rquote=1500873&tid=104158&author=Jeremy]shoot gun a few times, put in cabinet. next year take gun out. look at the barrel and say to self....I probably should have cleaned this thing last year. take gun as far apart as possible, without wife seeing, put a few inches of hot water in the bath tub and soak gun for 10 minutes or so. while constantly looking over your shoulder, grab a bore brush and scrub like theres no tomorrow. as quickly as you can, remove gun from nasty black water, rinse tub, dry gun, reassemble and go shoot:D[/rquote]:rof2::rof2::rof2: your wife hates you huh??????:hysterical::hysterical:[/rquote]

nope, least i dont think she does:rof2:
 

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if i threw an ole stinky black carboned up rusty barrel in my tub, id here a shotgun racking in the not so distant future:rof2::rof2:
 

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[rquote=1500873&tid=104158&author=Jeremy]shoot gun a few times, put in cabinet. next year take gun out. look at the barrel and say to self....I probably should have cleaned this thing last year. take gun as far apart as possible, without wife seeing, put a few inches of hot water in the bath tub and soak gun for 10 minutes or so. while constantly looking over your shoulder, grab a bore brush and scrub like theres no tomorrow. as quickly as you can, remove gun from nasty black water, rinse tub, dry gun, reassemble and go shoot:D[/rquote]

I seen a Guy getting ready for Muzzleloader Season at the Range he had an Old CVA Hawken that looked like it had never been cleaned,he had a Scope mounted on it. Was having trouble getting it to fire :thinking: Wonder what the problem was?Made me want to whoop him and give what was left of that Rifle a Good Home. :stickfight:

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:D Gave the Big Grin a Good Home.
 

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Reading through another thread here made me think of something else. once you get your load figured out that your gun likes, load it again, and on each end of the ramrod make a mark that's flush with the end of the barrel. This way, if you are in doubt of if there is a load in there or not all you have to do is drop the ramrod down the barrel and if the mark is flush you're ready to rock, if ya can't see the mark, you're empty.
 

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[rquote=1501091&tid=104158&author=Deadeye]Reading through another thread here made me think of something else. once you get your load figured out that your gun likes, load it again, and on each end of the ramrod make a mark that's flush with the end of the barrel. This way, if you are in doubt of if there is a load in there or not all you have to do is drop the ramrod down the barrel and if the mark is flush you're ready to rock, if ya can't see the mark, you're empty.[/rquote]

Yes and check it every time when taking it out.I know a Guy that loaned his rifle out the year before.Didn't check it when he put it up.Went to clean it next year.Some reason popped a Primer in it shot his wife :eek: It had been loaded all year.

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[rquote=1501103&tid=104158&author=oneshot 1][rquote=1501091&tid=104158&author=Deadeye]Reading through another thread here made me think of something else. once you get your load figured out that your gun likes, load it again, and on each end of the ramrod make a mark that's flush with the end of the barrel. This way, if you are in doubt of if there is a load in there or not all you have to do is drop the ramrod down the barrel and if the mark is flush you're ready to rock, if ya can't see the mark, you're empty.[/rquote]

Yes and check it every time when taking it out.I know a Guy that loaned his rifle out the year before.Didn't check it when he put it up.Went to clean it next year.Some reason popped a Primer in it shot his wife :eek: It had been loaded all year.

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:D The Big Grin looks down his Pea Shooter.[/rquote] Or so he says! :whiteflag:
 
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