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cleaning BP revolvers

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by rondog, Jan 6, 2013.

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  1. mykeal

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    Nope.
     
  2. Malamute

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    I use a smaller diameter bristle bore brush with a patch to clean the chambers. I wrap about 1/4 of the patch onto the end of the brush, twisted onto the end, and feed the rest (3/4) into the chamber, run it down, twist it around for a while, rinse, and good. I soak the cylinder and barrel in a large size sour cream container full of hot tap water for a few minutes first. They clean up slick as can be with little effort. I just wipe the frame down with a damp rag, then dry, and oil if needed. I don't take the cones out every time, but its a good idea to now and then to ensure they don't rust in.

    I usually only dry the chambers, slapping the cylinder on a dry towl or rag to get the bulk of the water out, run some dry patches in, then let it heat dry, and reload the gun. I'll oil the bore a bit sometimes, but often leave it dry after cleaning. I grease cylinder arbor when putting it back together, but otherwise dont do much else after cleaning. I live in a very dry climate.
     
  3. rondog

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    Dang, I forgot all about this thread! I did a search for "cleaning BP revolvers", and here it is. Many thanks to all for all the great info!
     
  4. Float Pilot

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    I have an old hobo style coffee kettle that I have been using since the 1970s.

    I boil the water to a rolling boil. I remove the cylinder and lower it into the water with a coat hanger wire. Then I dip the muzzle into the water but not far enough to submerge the action parts. Up and down a couple times and all the yuck just slides out.

    Once the barrel is so hit that the water evaporates off of it, I brush it a couple times with a lubed brush and wipe down the outside. The same goes for the cylinder.

    PS there is a baking spray called BAKE EASY that really works well as a light oil.
     
  5. Zeke/PA

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    I guess I may be "Old School" but I prefer HOT soapy water for cleaning BP rifles and pistols. Time consuming ? YEP! But that's part of the game. At least I know my stuff IS clean.
     
  6. Crawdad1

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    I'm with Zeke on this, hot soapy water, cleaning rod, brushes, cloth patches and some pipe cleaners, a few Grace screwdrivers to take the grips and trigger guard off and some good Ole' WD-40 and that's it. I've never had a problem. Its cheap and easy!!!
     
  7. BigG

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    Colt type revos: Remove grips, disassemble into major components and clean with brush in bucket of hot soapy water, rinse in hot water, dry and oil with Break Free CLP. Stays as good as new.

    As mentioned above, the dishwasher and washing machine can be used.
     
  8. jeepnik

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    You can use the dishwasher even if married (I do), but you just need to make sure the wife doesn't find out.

    Seriously, I know a fellow who remodeled his kitchen and took the old dishwasher and hooked it up in his garage. I've seen some pretty strange things cleaned in that old machine.
     
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