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NIPPLE CLEANING

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Duncaninfrance, Nov 6, 2006.

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  1. Duncaninfrance

    Duncaninfrance Member

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    When I got back from the range recently and started to clean my 58 I got to thinking about scrubbing the nipples. I have been holding each one in my thumb and forefinger and scrubbing it with a hard bristle brush. Knackering the skin after the first 3!!
    Well here is an answer. Won't rust, softer that the nipples and works a treat.

    Some of you have probably already done this but in case you haven't - give it a try.

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    Duncan
     
  2. Tommygunn

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    Cool idea! I've been using an ancient toothbrush for nipples and the insides where it will fit. I guess I have a new project for the springtime!:D
     
  3. arcticap

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    Great Idea!

    I generally try to wear vinyl gloves when I clean muzzle loaders, but nothing has really worked for brushing nipples...until this! :)
     
  4. Duncaninfrance

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    The MKII. version with a flat plate and a large, permenant grip is in the pipeline but this will work fine pro-tem.
    Duncan
    p.s. "Save your fingers - get the wife to clean it!":evil:
     
  5. Duncaninfrance

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    MK II VERSION

    OK Guys, here it is, the MKII version. Feel free to copy if you wish.

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  6. Franco2shoot

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    Kool now about that press..

    Is there an outfit that sells that "Outside the gun" cylinder loader? That looks pretty kool.
    KKKKFL
     
  7. J.T. Gerrity

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    OOOh! Pretty impressive, Duncan; looks quite perfaishonal! Neat idea! I gotta get me one! BTW, do the nipples screw in, or do they just slip into O/S holes?
     
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    Why did you quit half-way on the Mark II model? :confused:

    Seems like you could have stained the handle to match the loading ram! :neener:

    All kidding aside, nice job.
     
  9. Duncaninfrance

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    Is there an outfit that sells that "Outside the gun" cylinder loader? That looks pretty kool.

    That one is home made on a French Oak base. Wood is oiled.

    BTW, do the nipples screw in,
    Yes, they are screwed in.

    Seems like you could have stained the handle to match the loading ram!

    Next job my dear fellow :rolleyes:

    Duncan
     
  10. Stickjockey

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    Another good tool for nipple cleaning is an interdental brush. Check your local supermarket in the oral hygiene section; they're made by Oral B.
     
  11. Wwalstrom

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    Hey Duncan ...

    Could you do a Yank a favor, and take a caliper to the parts of your cylinder loader? I've been collecting some scrap, and am getting close enough to start making one. If you can get me dimensions, I'll create a 3D models with drawings (I'm a Mechanical Design/Drafter by trade), and can supply them to anyone who wants to build one. Could maybe even post them as a sticky on this web-site. If you want, I can send you some hand sketches of the parts (less dimension values), you can fill in the blanks and return them and ... viola ... prints!
     
  12. Duncaninfrance

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    Could you do a Yank a favor, and take a caliper to the parts of your cylinder loader?

    Not a problem, send me the sketches and I will be glad to add the dims. Check out my original posts at Bench Loaders, there are more photographs.
    Duncan
     
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    That nipple cleaner is really cool. I think I need to get a tap and die set.
    Thanks for the pics.
    The loading stand is a lot nicer looking than mine. I have the aluminum one in .44. I don't use it much, though.

    Dave
     
  14. Niner

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    Cool

    But what's wrong with pitching them in a cup of hot soap and water while you clean the rifle barrel and then use a simple pipe cleaner to clean out the fire channel? :)
     
  15. Duncaninfrance

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    Well-----------
    First. You clean all 6 at once with a stiff brush.
    Second. They are held more securely so you can dry them.
    Thirdly. You can oil them easier.
    Fourthly. I enjoyed doing it!

    You don't have to make one if you don't want to :cool:
    Duncan
     
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    Thanks Duncan

    Thought I was going to have to make one there for a minute. LOL
     
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