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How do I keep the nipples from freezing up?

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

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  1. BSA1

    BSA1 Member

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    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

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

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

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    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

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    Just about anything will work, just pick something...Hoppe's Gun Grease, Bore Butter, geez, something.
     
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    I too use choke lube and only slightly tighten.
     
  7. boommer

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    I use bore butter. Wait.. what were we talking about?
     
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    +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.
     
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    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
     
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    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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    On second thought, perhaps I won't say that.
     
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    I use anti-seize also and have never had a problem with my nipples freezing. I wear polypro under my longjohns for that.
     
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    WE use teflon on my inlines with some grease and that works well... use the pink.

    Aloha... :cool:
     
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    Threadology ...

    In addition to the sage advice offered above, allow me to introduce another key factor: chasing the cylinder nipple threads. I located an M 6.0 X .75 cheapo China-made tap on Ebay for just a few dollars, including shipping. (These can't be had at your average hardware store.) The metallurgy is such that I don't think I'd use it for cutting new threads in steel, but for cleaning up the nastiness that fouls the cylinder threads it's more than adequate. Use a shot of WD40 or drop of oil to lubricate the tap. Gentle hands are the order of the day, of course.
    Heck, while we're on the subject, why not clean up the nipple threads as well? I use a Dremel tool with a small brass rotary wire wheel. A dab of anti-seize and you're good to go.
     
  25. Noz

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    For a couple of bucks you can get enough anti-seize from any auto parts store to last you for years.
    I don't like to remove my nipples each time I clean.
     
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