> 2 parts Hydrogen peroxide.
> 2 parts Rubbing alcohol
Oxidizer + accelerant = rocket fuel.
>All the serious shooters of muzzle loaders that I know avoid this
>solution like the plague and the NMLRA officially discourages it.
They discourage it because there was an incident where this solution
exploded on the loading table. It was in a bottle and sitting in the hot sun. When
speaking of these solutions, the concentration is always left out. Normal
solutions of both peroxide and alcohol available to the consumer are usually
very low. It's the unknowing nimrod who has access to full strength solutions
that cause the problem. A little knowledge is a terrible thing.
>It is extremely caustic and can eat up your barrel unless thoroughly
>removed after use. Why use a cleaning solution you have to clean out
>after using? Plain water works just fine
Black powder residue is composed of mainly potassium carbonate and potassium
sulfate. Roughly three to four parts of potassium carbonate for every part
of potassium sulfate.
99.9% of the solid particulate matter that makes up bp fouling is soluble in
water. Adding a little soap as a surfactant will make your water wetter,
but is not necessary. Likewise, hot water will hold more fouling in solution,
but the amount is minimal. Hot water also accelerates the rusting of bare
Powder is glazed with graphite during its manufacture to control the burn
rate. Most of the black color you get in your fouling is graphite. It is
inert as far as the gun is concerned. It is not necessary to keep cleaning until
the black disappears. All the soluble compounds in fouling go into your
water solution. Once dried and oiled, your bore is protected.
Alcohol absorbs water on a 1 to 1 basis, and evaporates quickly. Used after
the water, it will absorb any that is remaining. That's why it is used as a
gas line deicer. However, this is only of value if your breechplug,
touch-hole, or drum allows water to seep into the threads.
People are always trying to reinvent the wheel, but it is still round after
all these centuries.