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Hi guys, anyone every use a C02 bike pump to unload their gun? I saw several kits made specifically for muzzleloaders for 35$ or so. They look like normal bike pumps to me. Is there a diffence? The bike pumps are half that price. I have inherited a few muzzleoders and one has a ball in it. I used a ball puller to no avail. Thanks for any help.
 

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First, unless you know what, or even if, that ball is sitting on a powder charge and what the strength of the charge is, do NOT attempt to shoot it out. That ball could be on top of an excessive powder charge. Safety first. Second, Don't go cheap on that co2 thing. You get what you pay for.
 

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have a discharger, it works, i have found that if you have an old charge you really have to have a good seal to push out a ball. If the patch dries out it becomes very difficult, ran into this with a friends who left it loaded a few years. tried the compressor but could not get it to go unitl we rigged up a fitting that screwed tight into the touchhole so we did not loose any air. the co2 works because it actually can spray a little liguified under pressure co2 in the hole and it expands rapidly to propel the ball. either way, the more oil or lube you get down the barrel to soak the old ball or bullet in the better. good luck ball pullers do work but thy are more successful if you use lots of lube once agian and have a rod you can put in a vice one you get it screwed in and use a block of wood on the top of the barrel to tap it with a hammer to slowly pull the ball. It pays to have an assistant.
 

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one more thing i wanted to add, if you already tired a ball puller and you happened to thread a hole all the way through the ball, maybe possible if you have a long one and are pulling a round ball, then you may have ruined your chances to propel the all out with air or co2.
 

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Thanks guys! Steelstalker: thanks for the great reply! I am afraid I did drill a hole through the ball. I might be done for on this gun. A lot of sentimental value to this gun. If I have to hang it about my fireplace I will.
 

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I haven't done this, but know of others that have. Use dish soap or oil like mentioned above, let it sit, and use loktite when you screw into the ball. Leave that sit till it sets and try again. I've seen it work, good luck.
 
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