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cleaning 50 cal

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by rajb123, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. rajb123

    rajb123 member

    Dec 22, 2010
    when i first got this gun 20 years ago, I used to remove the nipple and put the barrel in a bath tub to clean it with water....

    Is this necessary or can I use a few patches soaked with Hoppes #9?
  2. arcticap

    arcticap Mentor

    Mar 20, 2005
    Central Connecticut
    You would probably obtain better results using M-Pro 7 Spray Cleaner instead of Hoppes #9. But you'll still need to use plenty of elbow grease and more than just a few patches.
    What's wrong, you don't like giving the old gal a bubble bath any more? :rolleyes:

    MPro-7 for carbon removal

    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
  3. loose noose

    loose noose Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2012
    Southern Nevada
    I've been using 1/3 hydrogen peroxide,1/3 Murphy's soap oil, and 1/3 rubbing alcohol, for over 35 years on all my BP arms. It sure gets 'em nice and clean with no ill effects. Depending on where you're from if you live in a dry climate, you can use Thompson's Bore Butter to prevent any rust; just make sure you wipe the bore down with a dry patch before you shoot it again. Works for me.:D
  4. mustanger

    mustanger New Member

    Nov 6, 2011
    S.W. Minnesota
    rajb123: First, note that there is a difference between Hoppes #9 and Hoppes #9 plus.
    9 is for smokeless powder, and 9 plus is for black powder and the subs.
    The usuall is to submerge the breech end in a container of soapy water. Then work the cleaning jag with a patch on it up and down the barrel drawing the water up the barrel. I use an oval icecream container, some use pails. The water doesn't have to be hot. Some use hot water, but get flash rust. Some use warm, or even cold water. You don't need much dish soap in the water. When you think you have the bore clean switch to clear water and do it some more.
    You don't really want to use petrolium based products. Natural, and water based. If you use petrolium in the bore you'll want to swab it out before shooting.
    There is a sticky at the top of the board that has some really good reading. Also you can look back at the past postings, and find different threads relating to cleaning.

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