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black powder cleaning?

I am considering loading my 500 black powder express cartridges with black powder.  What have you found the most effective way to prevent corrossion and rust after using black powder in your arms?

Thanks for any advice!

 

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Well I have not used real

Well I have not used real black powder for a very long time but when I was a kid my dad always used to make me clean his after shooting with just plain old soap and hot water in the kitchen sink. After everything was cleaned up a light coat of oil was applied and we never had a problem. I had a chance to use and hunt with some tripple7 powder about 7 years ago in a muzzleloader and that stuff was great for cleaning. Again just a patch soaked with water and the gun would be clean after a few patches and never had any rust issues at all.

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I have always just cleaned my

I have always just cleaned my black powder firearms in hot water and Pinesol.  Both cap and ball revolvers, inlines, and traditional muzzle  loaders.  With the traditional I wipe it down with Thompson Center Bore Butter but for the others I just apply a little bit of oil and have never had a problem.  Now when I say hot water I mean boiling hot water.  It will get the metal so hot that you have a hard time holding onto it and once the metal is that hot any water that touches it will evaporate quite quickly. 

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good cleaning with water and

good cleaning with water and soap works, but there is plunty of stuff out there now that any local gun store has blackpowder cleaning supplys.. Just make sure to lube it up after cleaning..

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They are dead on with the

They are dead on with the boiling water & pinesol, can't be beat! I used break free before storing.

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Thanks guys

Thanks guys.  I have used hot water and dish soap, never tried pinesol but I bet it would work.  I appreciate the advice.

Mike

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