Cleaning your gun question?

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  1. May 23, 2019 #1

    THBailey

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    I shoot several hooked breech rifles and sxs shotguns. My cleaning protocol has been to remove the barrel(s) for cleaning and then a damp towel wipe down hammer/lock/tang areas otherwise leaving them in place. I pulled the lock plates on my 12ga Pedersoli sxs for the first time just to have a look-see and was dismayed to see some rust built up. I am guessing I should pull these parts, and maybe even all metal, off and out of the stock for routine internal cleaning and oiling. My question is how often? Do you folks do it every cleaning? At the end of the season before putting the gun up? Few times a year regardless?
     
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    Flintlock_bob

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    I pull my lock every shooting session give it a quick cleaning and lube while my barrel is filled with water soaking.
     
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    Walkingeagle

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    I pull my lock each time I clean at the end of the day. Water n toothbrush, dry then lightly oil and reinstall.
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    Kansas Jake

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    I pull the lock every time on my flintlocks, and every few shooting sessions on my cap locks. I do inspect the caplocks where I can see them when I pull the barrel on hooked breech barrels without pulling it to see if there is powder residue on the lock or evidence of possible rust.
     
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    THBailey

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    Well thanks gentlemen. What oil/lube do you use on the locks? I am guessing we want to avoid petroleum products? Do you grease the contact spots?

    Thanks again.
     
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    Walkingeagle

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    I use modern gun oil on my locks. My barrel however only sees pure olive oil.
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    Our replica guns are modern steel. We can use modern lubricants. I use RIG as my grease for the contact surfaces. Ballistol, I use as a cleaner. WD40 is used to displace remaining water. Barricade is used for long term storage.

    Avoiding petroleum products may have some benefit for patch lubricant, but some of our favorites, Ballistol and water, come to mind and work very well.
     
  8. May 25, 2019 #8

    Sidney Smith

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    I pull my locks every time I'm done shooting. They get dipped into hot water, then air dried with a hair dryer before being lubed. I use white lithium grease on the tumbler sear, mainspring and llight gun oil on the rest. My barrels get cleaned with hot water and Murphy's oil soap, then also dried with clean patches and the hair drier, then coated with CRC......Do not pay attention to those who say not to use petroleum products. Its a bunch of crap, as I've never had issues by using petroleum based lubes. .
     
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