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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Jefferson County
Re: flinter left loaded for 5yrs
I brought a used T/C Hawken of an older guy. Said he cleaned it up real good when he last used it which was over 15 years ago.
I got it home and found out it was still loaded. This is what I did.
Placed the barrel in the sink and submerged the old powder.
Used about 1/4 bottle of soap and poured it down the barrel to lube it up.
Got a hammer, vise grips, and a metal ram rod.
Placed the ball screw on the rod, pushed it into the ball it, hit it lightly with the hammer, clamped the vise grips on the rod turned a little, hit a little, turned a little hit a little.
I did this till I felt it would not pull out.. Then I held on to the barrel with my left hand and pulled with my right.
and it came out.
The most important thing is to use a lot of soap to lube the barrel.
Good luck on what you decide to do.
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."