Clean up time


September 17, 2008, 06:22 AM
If you are tired of leaning over the bath tub to clean out your long gun barrel, I came up with an easier way. I cut a length of 4" Dia. pvc 30" long, and put an end cap on it. It sits beside my utility tub in the workshop. Put your barrel in it and fill up with hot water, and whatever soap you use. To rinse, I stand the barrel in the tub, and use that same hose that I filled the tube with. It is much easier to run your cleaning rod up, and down than horizontal in a bath tub.

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September 17, 2008, 06:53 AM
I just use a free 5 gallon bucket, fill about half way with hot water & place my barrel into it & clean normally I use a little soap on my patches & then dry & oil for the next outing.

The same bucket gets used for all my C&B revolvers too. :D

September 17, 2008, 12:56 PM
Given I use slant breech rifles its no trouble removing the barrel and placing it breech end into a pan-bucket of my fav cleaning material (Murphys oil soap and HOT water) then doing the butter churn number with a wetted patch on the cleaning rod (tight fit jag). The solution gets "pumped" by the wet patch up into the barrel and It does a high pressure cleaning solution number on the nipple and breech area number at the same time as the barrel is swabbed. Takes about 3 patches for the clean followed by a quick rinse pump in HOT clean water finally 2 dry patches. The final swipe is with a dab of bore butter for rust prevention along with a little oil applied on the outside just cuz.


September 17, 2008, 06:15 PM
sounds like hard work i like the bath tub. my wife doesnt but i do

4v50 Gary
September 18, 2008, 01:16 AM
Son, clean the guns.

It worked for him every time.

September 18, 2008, 05:57 AM
Scrat - I used to like the bath tub, but it is two flights up from my shop. I am 70, and have the early stages of Parkinson's. The tube lets me immerse the whole barrel, and I can stay down in the shop. At this point I have to shoot with a pile of sand bags, but I get to the range once a week, and have ball - so far.

September 18, 2008, 05:26 PM
I might make up one of those tubes. I clean in a sink...but you can dismount the barrel of a musket and let it soak for 10 minutes or so in a solution of Simple Green. Which should make cleaning much easier.

September 18, 2008, 08:12 PM
I recently purchased my first inline muzzleloader and it's not as easy to clean as I was lead to believe...before purchasing it. :rolleyes: I recall the days of removing the ram rod, knocking out the barrel pin and lifting off the hooked-breech barrel to clean in some hot soapy water. It certainly was simpler. I must be doing something wrong. :scrutiny:

Good hunting, Bowhunter57

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