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#3384686 - 10/02/13 02:29 PM Cleaning ML with water?
4 Point

Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 400
Loc: Tennesssee, US

One of my buddies keeps swearing that the best way to clean a ML is with soap/water... does anyone else do this? Of course after I would coat it in a bit of oil but he is saying that is the best way to clean... any worries about rust/siezing?
#3384745 - 10/02/13 03:01 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: BirdDog123]
Brisco Darlin
10 Point

Registered: 04/24/12
Posts: 3466
Loc: East Tn.

been doing all of mine that way for 30 years. no worries. get the soapy water scalding hot and dry out the barrel and oil while still hot.
It's best to just let him finish.

#3384848 - 10/02/13 04:02 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: Brisco Darlin]
12 Point

Registered: 09/27/10
Posts: 6337
Loc: tn

I will never use water, hopps cleaner and a brush. and I will never oil a barrel makes no sense to me.
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#3385067 - 10/02/13 06:36 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: knightrider]
4 Point

Registered: 08/01/05
Posts: 346
Loc: Cumberland Plateau

I use hot water and a little dishwashing liquid. I oil the barrel inside and out after I'm done and stand it muzzle down so that oil doesn't wind up in the patent breech or nipple. Before I shoot the next time, I'll run a dry patch down it and pop a cap and then it's ready to go.
Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people.

#3385113 - 10/02/13 07:10 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: TennesseeJed]
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Registered: 11/19/99
Posts: 4106600
Loc: TN

Done it hundreds of times.
We did it in the bathtub, before the days of the fancy inline rifles. \:D

Made the whole house smell like a death fart. \:D

TC number 13 for me now though. ;\)
Youth is wasted on the young.

#3385433 - 10/02/13 09:30 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: RUGER]
8 Point

Registered: 10/13/10
Posts: 1264
Loc: Rutherford County

Black powder and the substitutes all leave water soluble residue so I suppose water for any of them will do. As a matter of fact triple 777 recommends just that for cleaning. The exception is BH209....petroleum based solvent is what Western says. By the way and even though I don't use the stuff, their web site has a wealth of info on this powder.

I've been using a home made cleaner for years that consist of equal parts Murphy Oil Soap, over the shelf hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. This stuff really cleans the heck out of real black powder. The only thing you might want to do with cleaner is to protect your stock finish if it was prone for damage due to the alcohol.

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#3385726 - 10/03/13 06:52 AM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: Wobblyshot1]
10 Point

Registered: 08/06/05
Posts: 4032
Loc: Hendersonville Tenn

Hotter the water the better. I even clean mine at the gun range with water(not hot), then a dry patch till dry, the a very lite coting of bore butter, I have never had rust.
"No I am not a good shot, but I shoot often" Teddy Roosevelt

#3385927 - 10/03/13 09:00 AM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: KPH]
16 Point

Registered: 09/29/04
Posts: 10828
Loc: Middle Tennessee

I use FP-10 for everything. When I am shooting on the range I use windex or a glass cleaning solution since I always shoot on a clean dry barrel.
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#3386129 - 10/03/13 11:11 AM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: trealtree]
8 Point

Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 1994
Loc: Brush Creek

I've always used hot soapy water in all of my M/L. Started using it when all we had was black powder. The hotter the water the better, you want the barrel to be so hot that any water remaining will evaporate. After the barrel dries I will run a wet patch with glass cleaner [windex] then a dry patch followed by an oiled patch. I have one M/L that is over 20 years old and the barrel still looks like new.
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#3386415 - 10/03/13 01:52 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: bigtex]
8 Point

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2171
Loc: Russellville

Hot water then oil....
Thank god for kids.

#3386616 - 10/03/13 04:22 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
4 Point

Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 359
Loc: USA Indiana

HOT..HOT soapy water. The heat alone from scalding hot hot water will all the barell to heat up enough to dry its self. Then lightly oil.
#3388423 - 10/05/13 06:06 AM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
4 Point

Registered: 01/10/13
Posts: 424
Loc: rhea county tn

Used to clean em all in HOT soapy water and it works. Now I use TC bore cleaner, I believe its the number 13 the white milky stuff, been using it so long I can't remember its exact name just by its looks.
#3388830 - 10/05/13 01:11 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: Grill-n-man]
TnDeer Old Timer
8 Point

Registered: 07/31/99
Posts: 2280
Loc: Englewood, TN

If using water,it better be HOT & Soapy, rinse with hottest you can stand, then use hair blower.
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#3390047 - 10/06/13 01:49 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: J.Maples]
10 Point

Registered: 08/24/06
Posts: 3180
Loc: Lewisburg, Tn

Tripple 7 or white hots clean well with water for sure. Cleaned my buddies barrel pouring aqua fina down it at the range he thought he had ruined his optima he was using bore blaster on white hots and it was gummed up after half a bottle of water it looked shinny and brand new
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#3390265 - 10/06/13 04:41 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: ImThere]
Encore Eye Candy
10 Point

Registered: 08/29/00
Posts: 4661
Loc: In the Middle of no where

with triple 7 use water only, dry her and lube her up. Good as gold
Sticks and stones may break my bones but I promise that I will hurt you.

#3390288 - 10/06/13 04:59 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: Encore Eye Candy]
16 Point

Registered: 09/06/06
Posts: 12256
Loc: east tn

 Originally Posted By: Encore Eye Candy
with triple 7 use water only, dry her and lube her up. Good as gold

words to shoot by, wet patch/dry patch every few shots for me
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#3392767 - 10/08/13 07:34 AM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
10 Point

Registered: 10/25/05
Posts: 3263
Loc: southwest iowa

Switched to blackhorn and now just use solvent and some oil when finished. I always fire a couple primers before loading.
#3395941 - 10/09/13 10:50 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: RussellvilleRob]
8 Point

Registered: 09/08/10
Posts: 2051
Loc: alabama

It's how I've been doing it for a long time .
#3396222 - 10/10/13 08:36 AM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: southernhunter]
8 Point

Registered: 10/13/11
Posts: 1313
Loc: Corryton, Tn

I put a pot of water on the stove when I clean mine.
#3396264 - 10/10/13 08:56 AM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: SES]
4 Point

Registered: 01/01/12
Posts: 141
Loc: tenn

I use very very hot soapy water and oil patchs
#3397139 - 10/10/13 08:01 PM Re: Cleaning ML with water? [Re: serriaman07]
6 Point

Registered: 02/25/06
Posts: 970
Loc: Johnson City

I run a couple or three patches of Breakfree clp down my smokeless barrel and its mirror-like clean.
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