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Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: 5B/northern lanc. co.
Re: Just getting into the sport
1st check to see if its loaded by blowing down the bore and listen if air comes out the touch hole.Also your rod will almost drop the whole way down the bore if unloaded.
When I get a "new to me" muzzy,I give the barrel a good scrubbing.If it has a wedge pin and hook breech,remove the barrel.Remove the touch hole with screw driver or hex wrench.If its tight,put the breech end in hot water for awhile and try again.Then with a aluminum rod,T handle,jag,and 0000 steel wool with oil,scrub the bore.This will clean up and polish that rifling.After that warm soapy water with a warm rinse.Dry bore with hair drier.When storing do not use petrolium products.They work but be sure to whipe bore with clean patches before firing.Burned oil makes tar!I use olive oil but there are others.
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