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Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby vt800c » Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:27:03

ok..I am beyond new at this, but...

I heard the best way to clean a cap and ball revolver is to disassemble as much as you can easily, and RUN IT THROUGH THE DISHWASHER????

Then open all the mechanisms and BAKE IT IN A 200 DEGREE OVEN???? :doh:

Then oil it back up.

Is someone pulling my leg? How DO you clean one of these things? :confused:
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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby Jim » Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:42:11

I search for "how to clean a cap and ball revolver" and found this. It was the first entry listed.

http://home.comcast.net/~dsmjd/tux/dsmjd/tech/cap_ball.htm
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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby Taggure » Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:55:53

I have a Navy Colt Cap and Ball, but if my wife ever caught me running it through the dishwasher she would have me outside with the dog. I have used hot soapy water on it and it has not hurt it a bit; just dry it real good and oil it up. Not sure about the oven at 200 but I don't see where it would hurt
In saying that the dishwasher might work but not sure how clean it would get.

Back in the mid eighties when I was shooting my old cap and round ball .44 Plains rifle I used to clean it with a Bucket of Hot Soapy water by sticking the barrel in the water and then running the brush through it till it was clean (Had to change the water out a few times) and then dry it off real good with patches through the barrel and oil it down before I put it away. Never hurt it a bit.

But with all the bore cleaners they have now for BP they are just as good and not as messy and a whole lot quicker.
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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby Taggure » Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:00:00

Jim wrote:I search for "how to clean a cap and ball revolver" and found this. It was the first entry listed.

http://home.comcast.net/~dsmjd/tux/dsmjd/tech/cap_ball.htm


Great article on cleaning I never tried windex

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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby SELFDEFENSE » Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:21:57

I use Hoppes Black Powder cleaner and Ballistol is excellent lube/corrosion protectant.


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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby zephyp » Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:44:50

Running a weapon through water for cleaning is not as bad as some would think if its dried and lubricated properly...back in the day it was a common sight for us to take our weapons into the showers...made for some easy cleaning...and you could protect yourself from...undesirables... :hysterical:
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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby Paliden » Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:12:54

[quote="vt800c"]ok..I am beyond new at this, but...

I have cleaned muskets, carbines, revolvers, and even cannons. Nothing is better than HOT soapy "ivory dish washing soap" water, then clear water, dry and then OIL!!!!
Don't use the dishwasher it pisses off the wife. It really does not get any simpler then that. If your shooting a lot between cleaning run a wet patch down the barrel.
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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby vt800c » Fri, 12 Nov 2010 12:19:06

zephyp wrote:Running a weapon through water for cleaning is not as bad as some would think if its dried and lubricated properly...back in the day it was a common sight for us to take our weapons into the showers...made for some easy cleaning...and you could protect yourself from...undesirables... :hysterical:


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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby zephyp » Fri, 12 Nov 2010 19:07:54

vt800c wrote:
zephyp wrote:Running a weapon through water for cleaning is not as bad as some would think if its dried and lubricated properly...back in the day it was a common sight for us to take our weapons into the showers...made for some easy cleaning...and you could protect yourself from...undesirables... :hysterical:


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Re: Cleaning a BP pistol

Postby guitarpicva » Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:30:09

http://www.gunzilla.us/products.htm

A little goes a long way. Cleans, lubes, protects and smells reasonable. You can wipe down the outside with it (very lightly). I use it for all my guns including my ML. The only time I get out the Hoppe's is to thoroughly clean my breech plug in a hurry (which you don't need to worry about).
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