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How do I keep the nipples from freezing up?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by BSA1, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    Well I have three of the stuck nipples on my new 1858 Pietta Remmie. I ordered a rachet nipple removal after I broke my nipple wrench. I also have Treco nipples on order. How do you fellow darksiders keep thenipples from freezing up in the cylinder? Is there a lube that will do the trick?
  2. TomADC

    TomADC Well-Known Member

    I use choke tube lube since I have it on hand.
  3. Wylie1

    Wylie1 Well-Known Member

    I use teflon tape, a bit tricky to apply but it works.
  4. red96ta

    red96ta Member

    I went to an auto store and got some of the grease that you use to keep sparkplugs from seizing in the head.
  5. J-Bar

    J-Bar Well-Known Member

    Just about anything will work, just pick something...Hoppe's Gun Grease, Bore Butter, geez, something.
  6. brushhippie

    brushhippie Well-Known Member

    I too use choke lube and only slightly tighten.
  7. boommer

    boommer Well-Known Member

    PIECE OF CAKE pull you nipples every time when you wash your cylinder and any no petroleum lube,so use Crisco,bore butter, anti seize, and such. black powder and petroleum don,t mix{ hard char }
  8. Fingers McGee

    Fingers McGee Well-Known Member

    Just about anything will work if you remove the nipples after every shooting session or match. I use the same Balistol that I use to clean andlubricate the guns. If you are not as fastidious, any brand of antiseize will work and keep nipples from seizing over a longer period of time and more use.
  9. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    Wear a warm jacket. :D
    I use anti sieze. Have uses spray graphite, and it works pretty well, but doesn't prevent rust.
    Thought about trying moly paste or spray moly.
  10. Logan5579

    Logan5579 Active Member

    anti-seize, bore butter, lard and beeswax mix...there are many possibilities. The main thing is to grease the threads with something and I've found that when you install them you really don't have to crank em in like your gonna hang a car from them. Finger tight then just a tiny bit more has always worked for me.
  11. tmccray45

    tmccray45 Well-Known Member

    I clicked on this because I wanted a good laugh and the only entertaining answer was the first part of "Jaymo"s answer. Come on guys - step it up a little.

    (I use anti-seize too.)
  12. Rattus58

    Rattus58 Well-Known Member

    You sick puppy.... I just about got the porrige pot meself fer tellin the missuse that I could keep her nipples from freezin with the aformentioned anti-seize...
  13. Rattus58

    Rattus58 Well-Known Member

    hehe.... I see yer one of em too.... :)
  14. swathdiver

    swathdiver Well-Known Member

    Try heating the cylinder with hot water before attempting to remove them again. Failing that, get some PB Blaster, spray the cones and let sit for a couple of hours, even old tranny fluid I've heard.

    Use to use Permatex anti-seize compound, now it's just bore butter.
  15. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    Further attempts are on hold for now pending the arrival of a nipple rachet wrench. In the meantime it is soaking in PB Blast.
  16. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    Hothands brand hand warmers in my shirt pockets.

    I've thought about a turn or two of teflon thread tape. Trouble is, it would have to be slit down the middle, to get the right width.
    Any teflon grease. Have also thought about carnauba wax. Degrease with brake cleaner or lighter fluid, and then apply nonabrasive carnauba wax with a cotton swab. Let it dry, and then buff it with a clean, dry cotton swab.

    I'm just not crazy about anything oily, that may migrate to the chamber. Maybe I'm being too O/C.

    Seriously, I do use the Hothands brand hand warmers in my shirt pockets AND in my jacket pockets. I work outside and in cold warehouses. The hand warmers in the shirt pockets, under the jacket, help keep my core warm. The ones in the jacket pockets allow me to warm my hands.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2013
  17. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    I use bore butter. Wait.. what were we talking about?
  18. black_powder_Rob

    black_powder_Rob Well-Known Member

    +1 for Borebutter on the threads. Never had a nipple freeze up yet, clean the threads about once a year and reapply Borebutter to the threads. I also clean with just water from a hose and some wd-40.
  19. crazyjennyblack

    crazyjennyblack Well-Known Member

    Grease them up good! :evil: On a side-note, I told my mom a bit about my black powder shooting habit. She about DIED when I told her about cleaning nipples, greasing nipples, and nipple wrenches.....:p
  20. Wylie1

    Wylie1 Well-Known Member

    Glad I didn't have coffee in my mouth when I read that!

    No other teflon tape users? I just don't trust anti-seize alone.

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