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Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Southern 2G & Northern 4D
Re: cleaning custom flintlock
I remove the lock assembly and unscrew the touch hole liner. I then take a 3 foot piece of surgical tube, the flex type tubing that are used on IVs, giving blood, etc, and twist it into the touch hole. The threads will cut into the tube giving you a tight fit. I then put the other end into a pail of very hot soapy water. Soak a cleaning patch in the same soap water, then using the ram rod push the patch down the barrel all the way. When you pull the rod back toward the muzzle it will bring the solution through the tube into the barrel, don't take it all the way out or you'll loose the suction, then push the rod back down the barrel. After 3 or 4 pumps you will have all the air out of the system and only hot soapy water going into and out of the barrel. When the solution is no longer black I remove the rod and patch, disconnect the tube from the touch hole and run a couple of dry patches down the barrel. I then take a damp soapy patch and clean up any black power reside that's around the lock area or anywhere on the gun. I then wet a cleaning patch with WD-40 and run it down the barrel and wipe off the lock area with the same patch. For those of you that don't know, the WD in WD-40 stands for water dispersant, it will help remove any left over water. I then place the gun near a heat source, I use my wood stove , to dry. The lock assembly I drop into the hot soapy water pail, then clean like normal, including the WD-40. After all that you can lube how you like for storage.
The trick is to use as hot as water that you possibly can stand without burning yourself. Once the metal become hot the water will practically evaporate when you stop the cleaning process. Another useful tool is a old tooth brush to clean out all those small nooks and crannies.
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