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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-21-2017, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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cleaning flintlock

Once you sight in your flint lock do you completely clean your barrel or do you just run a wet patch or bore cleaner patch and then dry ones?
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If I shoot it at ANY time,she gets a bath! No oil down the bore till season is over.
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Yep. Not like a centerfire/smokeless bore. Once there's BP fouling in there, it needs to be cleaned out.
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Clean it even if I shoot it 1 time.

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Thanks guys I haven't hunted with a flintlock since high school I got my 12 yr old a TC pa hunter carbine for his birthday and we are both learning all over again and having fun while doing it. Forgot how fun they are when everything goes right but my TC pa hunter full length has always been dependable last time I shot mine was 1990 my senior year I killed a doe and all my buddies who I hunted with left for college or the military so I got more into archery but with my son hunting now its going to be fun again after Christmas chasing whitetails and making memories.
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That's a great post right there. Glad you're getting back to it!

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if i shoot it at any time,she gets a bath! No oil down the bore till season is over.
^^^this
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Clean it even if I shoot it 1 time.
What he said, plus I do oil the bore even if it is hunting season. I just thoroughly dry the bore, touch hole, and lock area before using the gun again.
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Although I just recently started fooling around with a flintlock, I've been shooting a cap gun for 30 years. At the range, I clean after every two or three shots with TC #13, followed by a dry patch, then lube with Natural Lube 1000. Once home, I completely clean with hot soapy water, then lube with Natural Lube 1000. I never use oil in the bore, I use Natural Lube 1000 bore butter to lube and protect. I even use it on the exposed metal instead of oil.
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I don't oil mine. Ever.

I have them where I can see them often, and once in a while, I'll put a light down the bore and give it a look-see to be sure all is ok. They are fine year to year. I don't keep them in a damp environment, though.

I clean them till they're clean. Then I patch them dry, then I run WD-40 patches down to displace any moisture left behind. I patch that out till dry, too.

I will oil the main spring, and lightly oil the exterior surfaces, but I never put oil in the bore. I know people do, and it works as long as you patch it out, but I don't find a need for it.

When at the range, I shoot till I'm done, then I clean with some Hoppes 9+ to knock out the worst of the fouling, which helps on the home front because the family hates the smell of black powder fouling. So I take out the worst before going home. I don't clean between shots...I don't need to. At about 40 or so, I'll have to pick the crud build up off the outside of the vent to keep it clear. I won't need to swab the bore, though, till I'm done.
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