It's a good idea to pull the lock of now and then and depending on how much shooting you do. My point being that you need to be careful that your prime is not working its way into the lock mortise and collecting there as an IED. As for the hot water treatment for the bore - I do it probably more than I should mostly because it's an easy process (I have keys and not pins securing the barrel to the stock) and I like the cleaning process. Spent over 5 years in the Marine Corps and any rifle that is not cleaned down to the bare metal is cause for Brig time.So I've read that when cleaning a flintlock to run the barrel through hot soapy water. I was wondering about the lock. Do you remove that to or just leave it on the gun and give it a good scrub down. All opinions welcome. Thank you.
This is the reason I turn my gun upside down when I flush the bore. I have the muzzle end lower than the breech. Any water that does leak from the clamp or out of the muzzle only goes down onto the table, and doesn't get down in between the stock and the metal. Then again even if it did, it will only rust the barrel. which is browned from a rusting process anyway. I worried more about the stock swelling than the barrel getting wet. But again, turn the gun upside down and the flush kit works great this way.I've toyed with the idea of the flush kit mentioned above. Dixon sells them. My worry is water getting under the barrel/breech when/if if leaks from the flush kit.
Not a good idea to remove touch hole liners. They should remain in place when cleaning the bore. There's no reason you should remove them.Yeah, if I had a threaded vent, I'd do that method, for sure.
Having a drilled vent makes me worry about actually sealing that flush kit. I fear it'll just make a worse mess to use that with a drilled vent.
If you're using a wooden or plastic ramrod, I doubt there is any reason to be concerned about crown damage. Now if using a steel or even a brass cleaning or range rod, then yes, definitely use a bore guide.Lots of good advice here on cleaning a flintlock, But remember you are running your cleaning rod in from the muzzle so be sure to use a bore guide, you don't want to damage the crown , a muzzle loader barrel is just like a center fire barrel.