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Am I missing something here??

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Foto Joe, Apr 14, 2010.

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  1. Foto Joe

    Foto Joe Member

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    There seems to be more than a little discussion regarding "Never Seize" on nipples. Now I'm a little confused about this, as when I fell victim to Black Powder I was berated with "Clean, Clean, Clean and then do it again".

    I just adopted a Walker a couple of weeks ago and as a condition of shooting it I did a complete tear down before going out with it. Even though it was emaculate I did find that when I pulled the nipples the threads were pretty rusted, but they came out okay and did clean up reasonably, but it looked like they had been in there a while.

    Is it normal NOT to pull the nipples and clean them each and every time you shoot?

    My practice is that when I clean, they get pulled. When I re-install them I put a drop of Ballistol on the threads and in the mouth (of the nipples, that stuff does taste dreadful). The only issue that I've ever had with stuck nipples is when I get too carried away with the nipple wrench putting them back in.

    So...I think it would help some of the newer BP junkies reading this forum if some of you could put your two cents in about removal and cleaning.

    Do "You" pull the nipples every time you clean?
    Or do "You" only pull them when you do a complete strip cleaning?

    Or....have you got another super trick way that some of us maybe haven't heard about.
     
  2. Texas Moon

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    I completely tear down my C&B revo's after every shooting session.
    Nipples are removed, soaked/scrubbed/dried/oiled, then reassembled.
    The nipple holes in the cylinder get scrubbed over with a toothbrush as well as with Q-tips and from the chamber end with a cleaning rod/jag/patches.
    I hadn't been using anti-seize until just recently.
     
  3. ClemBert

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    I don't do a complete tear down of the clockworks everytime but I do take the nipples out and clean them and then use anti-seize grease on the threads.
     
  4. Fingers McGee

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    Pretty much the same here; Only do a complete teardown every three or four months (about 10 matches); but I use Balistol on the nipple threads before reassembly instead of antiseize. Never had one seize yet.

    FM
     
  5. arcticap

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    Yes.
     
  7. Shultzhaus

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    arcticap - just wanted to let you know, I copied your idea when you first posted that nipple cleaning rig. I used a brass strip ¾" wide by 3/16 thick, and made the six tapped holes in it. I went a step farther, and put a hole 6mm x 1.0 in the end to hold the #11 nipple from my Traditions Frontier. Good idea to keep from losing small parts. I already have a clean out screw in the bottom of my septic tank. lol
     
  8. arcticap

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    The nipple holder in the photo wasn't my idea but I'm glad that the holder works so good for you. It sounds like you improved on it alright.
    I'm sure that there are times when we all wish that we had made one, at least I do. :)
     
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