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  • I recently acquired a less than well maintained muzzle loader from a friend. It has lots of debris in the rifling that just won'

    I recently acquired a less than well maintained muzzle loader from a friend. It has lots of debris in the rifling that just won't break loose with regular cleaning. While it does shoot, the accuracy seem's to be compromised by the debris in the barrel. I once read that you can "Fire Lap" an old rifle to restore accuracy. Is this a method I can use on my muzzle loader, and if so, what is the proper procedure?

  • #2
    Have you tried wire brushes? I usually dont like using them, but sometimes you have to.

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    • #3
      Yes. Wire brushes, soaking solvents, Bore Snakes, etc. I have tried fireing this thing and then immediately cleaning while it's warm to no avail. I'm not sure it's not plastic in there from the sabbots but what ever it is, it's grown roots. Thank you for your input.

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      • #4
        I don’t know if this would work in your situation, but I have used it with great success on extremely dirty muzzle loaders. Mix one part Murphy’s oil soap, one part peroxide and one part rubbing alcohol. Plug the nipple, pour it in and let it soak for a while. Every day, dump it and put fresh in the barrel for a few days and then try to brush it. Some will say that this mix is an oxidizer that can damage your barrel, but I have never had a problem with it. It can eat the finish on your stock though, so you may want to take it apart first.

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        • #5
          Try JB bore bright and a nylon or bronze brush only if you can remove the breech plug, if you reverse the direction of the brush in the bore you can damage it. If that does not take it out you can buy a stainless brush but they can do bad things to the bore if you are not careful. Good luck, lets us know how you make out.

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          • #6
            I cleaned a front loader for a freind that was very nasty.It also had build up that seemed like plastic.I used a spray called "Rid Rust".Soaked it for a couple days, scrubbed with brass brush and repeated three times before getting the bore to shine. Hope this helps. Got the Rid Rust at Auto Zone car parts store,

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            • #7
              Are you sure it's debris, and not light rust pitting? I have seen lightly pitted bores that looked like there was grit stuck in the grooves, but upon closer inspection, (and after many attempts at cleaning) I found it actually was from old rust.
              If that's the case you're probably up a creek, unfortunately.

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              • #8
                P B blaster let r soak

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