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Old 12-26-2017, 10:43 PM
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I'm new to muzzleloading this year. I'm shooting a CVA Wolf .50cal. Did allot of shooting this summer. It's allot of work, but I really enjoy it. I have some cleaning questions though, as each time I've put it away, the bore has some rust when I get it out again...

Let's say that on a trip to the range that you wanted to shoot twenty rounds. What would your process be from the start to finish when you put your rifle away?

This summer I was shooting until it started getting more difficult to load.... Seemed like about every five shots....

Once it got tighter to load, I'd pull the breech plug, brush out and swab the barrel, clean up the breach plug, then shoot until it felt dirty again.

After shooting I'd brush the barrel, then clean with patches until they came out clean. But it seems like the bore still gets a layer of rust once I put it away.

Any advice is appreciated. I'm brand new to this so don't be afraid to throw obvious advice my way as well.


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Old 12-27-2017, 03:08 AM
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try using some patches with alcohol & then use some seasoning patches to coat the bore . the alcohol displaces water or moisture
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:04 AM
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What powder are you shooting as that makes a big difference in what you clean with. Some powders are hard to clean up really well, pyro being one of the hardest.
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:53 AM
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I'll offer a couple ideas here. Unless you are using the BH209 powder, your clean-up should be done with water-based cleaners or use the very hot soapy water and pump a patch thru the bore with the muzzle submerged. If the barrel gets hot you're doing it right with the water/pumping method. Regardless, clean until a patch comes out clean. LEAVE the plug out and stand the gun aside for a couple hours so air can circulate around it to further dry and film of moisture left. After a couple hours run a patch with an oil product thru the bore giving it a good coat then store the gun with the plug out of it and don't store it in a case. Even a corner in a closet is better than a case. Leaving the plug out allows constant free flowing air, but oil the plug up after cleaning it and put it an old white sock for storage.

I take all of my guns out of storage every three or four weeks and run a oil-dampened patch down the barrels to be certain they stay protected and that nothing has had a chance to get started. I have peg-board on a wall in MY closet, and each gun's plugs are in socks hung on its own hook with a number corresponding with a number assigned to each gun so there's no mix-up.

Todays cleaners and rust inhibiting products do a super good job for you but you still have to keep an eye on things.
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:17 PM
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Need to know what powder you are using.

Regardless of how you actually clean your rifle, you should apply a lite coat of bore oil after you finish cleaning. I apply a lightly coated patch with oil followed by a dry patch to remove excess oil, then store. Then, before you shoot again, run some dry patches down the barrel to clean out the excess oil and then pop off 2-3 primers to remove any oil that might have drained back into the breech plug.

Am I to understand that you are not swabbing between each shot? Unless you are using BH 209, you should be swabbing between EACH shot. If I using pyrodex or 777, I run a "spit patch" down, both sides, followed by a dry patch, both sides, then reload for the next shot.
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:55 PM
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Old 12-28-2017, 05:09 AM
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Using pyrodex right now. Just using the same load as the guy I got it from. I'll probably play around with different stuff once the weather breaks, but for now shooting pyrodex pellets


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Old 12-28-2017, 06:16 AM
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For your info, Pyrodex is the most corrosive of all powders, more so than regular black.
Cleaning; I use boiling water with a few drops of dawn dish soap in it.
Process; Be Carful, use a funnel to pour it through the barrel when wiping use gloves or rags to keep from getting burned swab the barrel with patches until clean wipe out the barrel while still warm with a good synthetic gun oil. Swab out the oil with an alcohol patch and some dry patches before loading.
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Old 12-28-2017, 06:46 AM
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After you finish up those pellets get loose powder. IMO, although convenient, pellets seem to get contaminated easier for whatever reason. And too, a 50 gr pellet is not really 50 gr but somewhat less.
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