- Dear Liste:
If I may be so bold, I have some questions on general cleaning
and "rust-proofing" of a Charleville musket. To be sure, I know how
to take it apart, and I have a way of cleaning it (using a green
scrub pad, a little Zud cleaner, and coating it with a gun grease
spray for rust prevention) but I notice there are very many
different methods and styles employed by many. I guess my question
is, what is the best way of cleaning and is there some substance
that will retard the rusting?
3rd Pa. Lights
> 2 parts Hydrogen peroxide.Oxidizer + accelerant = rocket fuel.
> 2 parts Rubbing alcohol
>All the serious shooters of muzzle loaders that I know avoid thisThey discourage it because there was an incident where this solution
>solution like the plague and the NMLRA officially discourages it.
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 thoroughlyBlack powder residue is composed of mainly potassium carbonate and potassium
>removed after use. Why use a cleaning solution you have to clean out
>after using? Plain water works just fine
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.