got my gun


January 14, 2011, 11:56 PM
got my first bp gun today an 1858 pietta 5 1/2 inch lots of fun ran 12 shots throught it. man this thing gets dirty fast! i just used hot water then wiped it down with some CLP. anyone know of a cleaner that works good for bp?

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January 15, 2011, 12:09 AM
hot soapy water works best

the proper lube will help with the cleaning problem

there is probably a link somewhere with all our different formulaes and opinions

lol seems like this topic crops up every week or so

January 15, 2011, 12:16 AM
a recent thread on lubeing cap and ball

correct lubing and you can get 100 or more shots between serious cleaning
incorrect and the cylindar will start to bind up after about 12 shots and you will have a serious leading problems.

January 15, 2011, 01:12 AM
yeah i dont think it will be to bad next time as i kinda forgot/was to excited... to clean out the factory oil i just wiped off the outside on loaded her up :)

January 15, 2011, 11:04 AM
Like you, I am a newcomer to the BP world. If you haven't already visited the thread at the following link, you should. It contains a lot of info that members have learned from experience. I found it to be extremely helpful.

January 15, 2011, 05:02 PM
Windex with vinegar. Works well for BP and (so far, for me) Pyrodex.
It's cheaper than BP solvent and works quickly.
Windex Multi Surface Vinegar is what it's called. It amazed me with how fast if works.

That 5.5" New Army is a lot of fun.

January 15, 2011, 05:26 PM
Water works just as well (and has for centuries) plus it's cheaper!

January 15, 2011, 06:37 PM
Make sure your water is a hot as you can get it out of your tap, then ad a smidge of dish soap. Then rinse with clear very hot tap water.That way you don't have any drying to do, it dries itself. then I wipe mine with WD 40 sprayed on a paper shop towel.

Foto Joe
January 15, 2011, 09:26 PM
As you are quickly finding out, there are almost as many different methods of cleaning as there are shooters. Incidently, you will also find that some of those shooters are adamant about their particular method being the best.

Find what works for you!! Everybody has their personal preferences, some include, WD-40, Canola Oil, Hoppes #9 and even Windex. My personal preference is Ballistol mixed 1:1 with water in what is referred to as "Moose Milk". It will absorb into Black Powder residue and just let it slide off with a patch. Also the Ballistol is "slightly" alkaline so that it will neutralize the acidic residue of Black Powder.

I use the Moose Milk on barrels and all cartridge guns including smokeless. My CB cylinders normally get dunked in a bowl of hot water and Dawn to soak while I do the barrels and frames because I can't get a brush all the way through them. Then a small bottle brush to hit the chambers with, dry and Ballistol straight for lubrication and corrision protection.

Again, find what works best for your application. Check your work within a couple of weeks. If you find rust, switch to a different method and repeat.

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