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cleaning my barrel

After cleaning my gun anf the barrel.I always put a thin coat of bore butter in my barrel to protect it from corrosion.But only enough to protect it so that when I get it out I don't need to run a patch to get any excess out of it.So from the gun safe to the range or the field its ready to load with a sabot.I find that just a thin amount helps my bullet slide in place and that my accuraccy is best with a small amount of lube in it.

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I'm glad you found something

I'm glad you found something that works. Kind of seems like standard procedure.

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Use Another Patch

I've been dressing the barrel of my muzzleloaders with Ox Yoke Wonder Lube after cleaning for years, looks and smells about the same as bore butter.  However I always send a clean patch through the barrel before loading the first time at the range or when going hunting.  One or two hangfires will convince you to do the same.  It's hard to make sure that only a "thin amount" is used everytime & too much can plug or moisten the fire chamber between cap & powder enough to delay ignition.  No big deal at the range; the next shot will work & the target hasn't moved.  A BIG deal when hunting: the next shot won't matter because the target has most likely exited stage right.  Get in the habit of always sending a clean patch down the barrel & you'll lessen the chance of hearing a "I told you so".

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I have heard that cleaning

I have heard that cleaning muzzle loaders is a real pain.  Is it true?  Are they hard to maintain or similar to a rifle?

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Cleaning a muzzleloader is a

Cleaning a muzzleloader is a little more time consuming but its no big deal.  Alot depends if your cleaning an in-line or a traditional barrel.  The inlines, especially those with speed breeches, aren't any more difficult than any other rifle.  The side lock barrels I most often use take more time & I'm constantly bitching about having to clean the thing after a shooting session but its not really a big deal.  I always use very hot soapy water, taking the nipple off, putting the breech end in 2-3 inches of water, scrubbing with patches and brushes.  Once out of the water I'll put a couple more dry patches down the barrel but when using very hot water, the heated barrel drys quickly and thoroughly.  A lightly lubed patch using Wonder Lube down the still warm barrel & I'm done.  This is for cleaning prior to putting the gun away for awhile.  Also, with my side locks I always use real black powder & never use plastic sabots so the hot soapy water does the trick. At the range I'll wipe down the barrel after 6-10 shots with TC No.13 solution, followed with several dry patches.  I've used a vinegar water solutoin also & it seems to work too.

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I can actually clean my

I can actually clean my muzzleloaders quicker than I can my smokeless rifles.  I do as Hal does and use boiling water witch takes more time than cleaning the barrel.  The biggest draw back is the the barrel will get so hot that you can't hold on to it with your bare hands by the time you swab the bore out and get it clean.  It doesn't matter witch one that I am cleaning either my inline or the sidelock they both clean fairly quick. 

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Why do you use warm soapy

Why do you use warm soapy water for muzzle loaders.  Why not a solvent cleaner like you do for a rifle?  Sounds pretty simple, but just curious why the difference in cleaning methods.

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Black powder residue is

Black powder residue is easily water soluable so solvents aren't needed.  If I was to start using plastic sabots (about as likely as me voting for Obama) I might use a solvent to take care of plastic smears in the barrel.  Also, I'm kind of old school with my side locks & have never used any type of solvent or chemical based cleaners or lubes.

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You've answered my question

You've answered my question about cleaning, but now I have another one...why are you against sabots?  I don't know squat about muzzle loaders, but I am thinking aobut getting one and that is the reason I'm asking so many questions.

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Sabots are illeagle in quite

Sabots are illeagle in quite a few states that have a black powder season.  Colorado is one of them.  Besides the rate of twist in a replica or a side lock muzzleloader will not stabilize a sbboted round and the accuracy will be way off. 

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Ditto what Critter said. 

Ditto what Critter said.  Also, my attitude towards muzzleloader hunting is that it's a short range game (relatively speaking) using equipment at least somewhat resembling the weapons of the late 1700's - early 1800's.  During a muzzleloader season I don't want a rifle shooting artificial powder pushing plastic wrapped modern bullets to shoot potentially at 200 yards or more.  That I can get using my '06.  There's nothing wrong with the new modern high test in-line shooting systems out there today; they just aren't my cup of tea.

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