Between Muzzleloader Shots

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Anyone who shoots a sabot bullet has had the problem with loading the next round with a dirty barrel we have all struggled with it.

Between muzzleloader shots I have done some research and testing on my own to find out what works for me for the next shot. I have been using a product called bore butter and when the muzzleloader is just sitting around I leave it caked in the barrel for protection. Have also found that if I lube my sabots with bore butter they really slide nicely down the barrel.

Between shots I used to run a spit patch down before loading the next round, but have always wondered what happens to the spit that doesn’t evaporate right away before you start stuffing your muzzle with the next load. If you're not pulling the trigger right away I believe that some of this moisture could possibly affect your next shot.

A simple discovery at home one day while cleaning windows with Windex, the windows where warm from the sun and as I would wipe it away it would evaporate almost instantaneously and it popped into my head "The barrel of my muzzleloader would love this." So left the rags there and took a ziplock bag and some patches soaked them with windex and off to the range!

I was impressed with the cleaning power between shots and it will evaporate almost immediately as you pull the swab out, it defiantly works wonders and to this day you’ll never see my muzzleloader pack with out a ziplock bag and windex soaked patches in it. 


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Rem2arms's picture

Good tip, I will be trying

Good tip,

I will be trying the windex to see how that works for me. I've been shooting black powder for 30 years anyway starting out with a 45 caliber Thompson Center shooting a patch and ball. I wont get into powders but in the seasoning instructions with the rifle was the heavy use of bore butter. I would clean my rifle good with hot water and powder solvent then use dry patches until clean. Then I would use the bore butter to season the barrell and leave it in until the next season.

Before loading up for the sseason I would run a couple patches down to clean the bore butter then shoot a couple caps to make sure it was dry. I sold that old Thompson Center some years ago and took a few deer with it but now I have and love my 50 cal., Remington 700 SS with 209's but still use bore butter faithfully as it's never let me down and my barrell remains like new.

hunter25's picture

Good tip and I will have to

Good tip and I will have to give it a try. I have 3 muzzleloaders but have not used them much for awhile. I am thinking of doing a Nebraska December bp hunt this year or next and I can try this tip out while getting ready for it. Sabot rounds are not legal in Colorado but they are for sure in Nebraska and I intend to give them a try.

The windex patch system sounds like the perfect solution to keep things running smoothly.

groovy mike's picture

good idea

I use the bore butter on my sabots and it really helps the next sabot to slide down the barrel.

I haven't tried Windex between shots but I think I'm going to, in the future.  I have heard of using windex to clean the bore after shooting black powder but never thought to use it at teh range between shots.

Thanks for the good ideas



numbnutz's picture

great info thanx

great info thanx

ManOfTheFall's picture

Great tip.

Great tip.

jaybe's picture

Try a Mixture

I am on a muzzleloading forum and one of the commonly used substances for this is a 50/50 mixture of Windex (cheap store brand is fine) and windshield washer solution (blue summer variety).

As has been mentioned, pre-soaked patches kept in a ziplock bag or some other easy-open  container will quickly and effectively clean out any of the nasty stuff that would prevent a 2nd load from sliding down the barrel.

The patches do not need to be sopping wet; stack them together and squeeze them out untill you cannot get any more drops to fall out from the pressure of your thumb and fingers.

 Make sure they are stored in an air-tight container and they will remain wet through the entire season.

Just a word on Bore Butter: Many of the guys I know have used it at one time or another, but most have stopped using it for storing the firearm because of its tendency to leave some rust in your barrel.

I don't know if it traps moisture or attracts moisture, but the only time I ever had a problem with a rusty bore was when I stored it over a summer with BB in the barrel.

I prefer Birchwood Casey Barricade - formerly known as Shield.