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October 6, 2013 at 11:21 am #5735
What is the best way to remove plastic fouling from a muzzleloader barrel? 2 of my muzzleloaders have lost their accuracy. This is the only thing that I can think of that could be the cause.October 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm #5757
Not sure how to get rid of what is there but to prvent it in the future stop using bullets with plasitic sabots.
If you are shooting a 50 cal.
Try TC Maxi-Hunter or Hornady FPB bullets
All bullet no skits
Try hot water, or Rusty Duck black podwer cleaning solutions and a good stiff brass brush.
I tried the Rusty Duck product but dont use it.
I use bore butter as a lube, tc no.13 cleaner and water to clean up (neither have any petroleum in them)
With open sights at 50 yards I shoot 1″groups with the tc maxi 275gr in front of 90grains of loose pyrodex in my cva eclipseOctober 7, 2013 at 7:22 am #5782
I use powerbelts so I don’t have that problem. A stiff brass brush as czech8 suggested may work. There are a number of products on the market designed to remove the plastic fouling. Best of luck to you, and be safe.October 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm #5976
on 2 of my 5 BP rifles i needed to season the rifling groves . the owner of ” THE GUN WORKS ” in springfield washington , a rendezvous trader and friend told me how . it smooths out and cleans rifling groves .
take really fine steel wool WET or with gun oil and ram it down barrel like you are cleaning the barrel after shooting . and use really fine grain emery cloth WET , really fine like 800 grain fine . then use regular wire brush foe BP rifles . and clean like normal .
it just might work for cleaning plastics out .
i use black belt bullets myself .
i live in nor cal , clearlake . im ex ARMY 1974-77 . fell in love with rendezvous . my club , Mt Shasta Longrifles has a rendezvous every year second saturday in june near Mc Cloud calif. i hunt deer/bear just east of yreka .October 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm #5980
Last year I ran into this with my in-line ML that I use sabots in , first noticed harder loading from a clean gun . My brother gave me some cleaning solvent for shot guns made to get rid of wadding residue . I also used a 20 guage brush in a 50 cal. That fit nice and tight and man the crap I got out of an already cleaned gun . Back to normal now .October 10, 2013 at 5:43 am #6008
What powder are you using. How many shots> Problem can be fixed with a little elbow grease. Some powders you do not use hot water but hoppys and wire brush. The new powders. work great in in-lines and 50 cal.October 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm #6051
Removing plastic fouling (if there really is any) is easy. Get a bore brush. Remove the barrel if possible. Then get a bottle of solvent that removes plastic and copper fouling. Dip the brush and slowly, push the brush through the barrel and then pull it back. The solvent will get into the grooves and the brush will scrub the fouling out. I like to give all my rifles a good brushing about every three months with solvent whether they need it or not. The new polymers used in sabots are excellent now and normally leave little to no fouling in the bores of the rifles.
You loss of accuracy could also be old powder, now swabbing good, or even a change in sabots. But it does no harm to scrub a bore anyway.October 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm #6973
Try Chief’s Pro Clean Retreiver to clean rifling grooves. Tight fit in rifling to get a “clean” barrel really clean.
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