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Old September 1, 2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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black powder cleaning cylinder nipples

best way to clean cylinder nipples
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Old September 1, 2014, 09:17 PM   #2
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Question: What are pipe cleaners?
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Old September 1, 2014, 09:52 PM   #3
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Remove from cylinder.

Drop in a tray of hot soapy water.

Scrub with toothbrush.

Rinse. Allow to dry.

Dab a bit of Bore butter (Not Too Much!!) on the threads.

Install in cylinders. Look through the chambers to make sure the vents are open. If not, wipe the nipple faces in the chambers with a Q-Tip.

Shoot the h**l out of them.
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Old September 1, 2014, 10:28 PM   #4
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Pipe cleaners = chenille sticks in arts & craft language
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Old September 1, 2014, 11:35 PM   #5
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Remove from cylinder.

Drop in a tray of hot soapy water.

Scrub with toothbrush. and use pipe cleaner to clean out the orifice

Rinse. Allow to dry. or blow off with compressed sir

Dab a bit of Bore butter (Not Too Much!!) on the threads Or spray with Balistol; or use antisieze compound.

Install in cylinders. Look through the chambers to make sure the vents are open. If not, wipe the nipple faces in the chambers with a Q-Tip.

Shoot the h**l out of them.
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Old September 2, 2014, 12:08 AM   #6
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I bought a bulk of something like 2000 bristle style pipe cleaners. Best BP gun cleaning bucks I've ever spent.

And yes, a single pipe cleaner twirled in the hole does a great job.

A bundle that when folded into a tight doubled "J" shape makes a SUPERB cylinder cleaner. Bend a dog leg into the part sticking up and you have a crank handle to rotate the scrubbing bundle.

A second similar firm fitting dry bundle is used with patches to dry, oil and dry patch after oiling the chambers.

These pipe cleaner tricks have cut my revolver cleaning time by just about half.
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Old September 2, 2014, 03:22 AM   #7
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I like the spark plug antiseize lube available from any auto parts store. Couple of bucks buys a small envelope of the stuff that will last a couple of years if you clean a lot.
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Old September 2, 2014, 01:19 PM   #8
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Noz, if that is the copper coloured style then you can buy bigger amounts in a can that works out cheaper over the long haul. It's a little more than the silvery anti seize since it actually uses powdered copper. But it works just as well over all along with high temperature applications like spark plugs and BP gun nipples. I only buy the one type for the infrequent uses I have for anti seize and it has worked out just fine. A 4 oz can is still about 1/4 full some 30 years along now. I seriously doubt I'll need to buy more for my life time.
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Old September 4, 2014, 09:59 AM   #9
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That's why I suggested the "envelope". It has enough to last 3 or 4 years.
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Old September 4, 2014, 11:52 AM   #10
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I know. But the Scot side of me cringes at paying that much for a teaspoon's worth when 15 times the volume is only 3 times the cost and it's sitting right there beside the little envelopes...

I used it on my bicycles, motorcycles and vehicles anyway. So the bigger amount makes more sense for me in any case. Or at least it did back when I was in my early thirties and I KNEW I was going to live forever...
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