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nipple pick too large

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by AbitNutz, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. AbitNutz

    AbitNutz Well-Known Member

    I bought the coolest nipple pick but it's too large for the Treso nipples in my ROA. They advertise the Treso's as having a small ignition hole and that it's a better idea than the larger stock ones.

    But does anyone know where I can get a good nipple pick that small??
  2. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    The wire in a bread tie.Strip or burn the paper off,twist one end into a loop, and viola!save the nipple pick for muskets.
  3. Fingers McGee

    Fingers McGee Well-Known Member

    you shouldn't ever need to pick them. Some BP solvent and a pipe cleaner is all I use on mine. Tresos have smaller orifices than stock nipples. The smaller orifice reduces blowback and helps keep the expended caps on the nipple. Jamming something through the orifice can enlarge it and cause more blowback.
  4. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    It may be better than nothing but it's really not very rigid or made to last.
    I'd be concerned that over time, the weak wire would break off and clog up the tiny hole.
    I would try either a guitar or musical instrument string, a fine needle from a syringe or other fine wire that will fit. If not then sewing needles come in many different thicknesses and one size is bound to be found that's the right diameter. First raid the wife's sewing box, then go out and buy a pack of them. :D
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2010
  5. Texas Moon

    Texas Moon Well-Known Member

    Would a plain old straight pin work?
  6. robhof

    robhof Well-Known Member


    I only use tooth picks, softer than any metal and can also be used for starting nipples back on cylinder. A box will last quite awhile, the round work best, have used the square in a pinch.
  7. arcticap

    arcticap Well-Known Member

    These syringes are glass and the needles are very thin, much thinner than a round toothpick. They're short needles but the glass can be ground down or the sharps can be removed from the glass.
    I use them for carrying and disbursing oil and they have a thick rubber cap. These needles have such thin tubes that sometimes they'll get clogged with micro telfon particles that are mixed in with a teflon oil that I sometimes use.
    And these needles can always be used to clear the nipples from their flat interior end without their short length being a problem.
    I'm not sure, but if using needles that are thin, smooth and flexible enough like these should be, I wouldn't be concerned about wearing out the walls of the nipple hole. It's being done gently, the diameter is small and creating relatively little friction which would be far less potentially damaging than a hammer falling on the cone repeatedly.
    I think that more damage to the nipples would occur due to gas cutting
    than from using thin enough and flexible wire that's highly polished.
    Hoppes makes some thin nipple picks too for an inexpensive price if they can still be found.
    They're thin enough to snap in half and they have spiral grooves like a tiny mini-drill to collect the caked on deposits as it's being pushed & twisted through the flash hole.

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    Last edited: Apr 1, 2010
  8. Pancho

    Pancho Well-Known Member

    Oxy-Ace. cutting torch tip cleaner which is a folding metal packet of various round files that range from too small to too large. Cost a couple of bucks and are available at any decent hardware store in the welding dept.
  9. azyogi

    azyogi Well-Known Member

    +1 on what Pancho said
  10. Hellgate

    Hellgate Well-Known Member

    I used to get the largest single strand (not wound) guitar string then I discovered the wire that is used to build model train tracks. They come in a package of about 10 wires about 15" long for about 1/5 the price and just as uesable. I bend a loop in one end then solder the loop closed and grind the tip to a point. Works great. I have a ton of picks and readily give them out to other C&B shooters at matches.
  11. Chawbaccer

    Chawbaccer Well-Known Member

    Wife says what I took from her sewing kit was a pack of basting needles, long and skinny.
    Price sticker says $2.49, ten used to be in pack,she would rather I buy a new pack instead of returning the ones I use.
  12. AbitNutz

    AbitNutz Well-Known Member

    yep...wife's super thin needles fit. But my ultra large fingers can't hold them. So I went to Harbor Freight and found a micro hand drill. All it is is an aluminum tube with very small jaws. Cost $5.00 and is hollow with a cap to hold spare drills or in this case, needles.

    I have to praise "The Gunworks Muzzle Loading Emporium" in Oregon. I kid you not. I ordered a bunch of little stuff at 3 pm Monday afternoon and it all arrived by 3pm Wednesday afternoon...and I live in Ohio! This was by US priority mail. I was stunned at the service and the speed. They have a bit of a confusing website but I will order from them first.
  13. Foto Joe

    Foto Joe Well-Known Member

    Funny how the spouses sometimes just don't understand our needs isn't it? The other day while shopping at China-Mart I noticed my wife putting one of those small cans of Crisco in the cart. I thanked her and she looked at me like I was having a stroke or something, then realized what I meant. She then informed me that "This can of Crisco shall not go into your shooting box and if it does please don't put it back in the kitchen cabinet!!"

    She's been trainin' me for years to put stuff back where I found it!! Sometimes yer just damned if you do and damned if you don't, oh well...

    Those biscuits last week did taste just a bit like sulpher though...

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