Ten year old loaded Hawken?

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    rusticbob

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    Just picked up a older T/C Hawken in 50.
    Load still in barrel, owner has no idea what it is, but he did in include a partial box of t/c lubed Maxi-balls. What would be the best way to remove and clean?
     
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    What I would do!?!? Cap it and fire it, then clean it up.

    *and here we go*
     
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    And hope it’s not loaded with smokeless powder....

    Use ball puller, CO2 discharger or push out with pressurized grease. Not that difficult to do.
     
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    Pull the nipple and see if you can dribble some powder OUT. That will tell you if it is smokeless or not.
     
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    I would not fire a gun that I did not load. CO2 discharger or pull the ball.

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    Put some good penetrating lubricant down the bore, wait a few days, add more penetrating lubricant and pull the ball. The grease gun method would be good too,
     
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    A no brainer, pulled the load or push it out with CO2. I have never used grease but sounds real messy to me.
     
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    I bet when you were a kid you poke Yellowjacket nest with a sharp stick also. ( I did )
     
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    I did then ran like hell.
     
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    But first ya push your friend towards it!!
    Walk
     
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    To be honest and safe, yes. When I do have a gun given to me loaded I pull the nipple and check the powder. If it's black, I set the nipple and fire it.
    *note* No, I do NOT hold it in my hands. Sandbags and string do that job.
     
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    Naw, you do it when your friend is recovering from a pulled hamstring....o_O

    LD
     
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    The horned toad says we should go to Mexico.
    I talked my friends into doing it and report back to me.
    Otherwise, as 58 said, I would not fire a gun I did not load. Never mind 10 years!
     
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    I'd just Redneck Remote it.....

    Co2 dischargers have failed me, pulling bullets and balls is such a PITA , I'd pull the nipple, put fresh powder into the bolster to "help" the old , probably spoiled charge
    ....then just strap it safely and securely to an object at your range/backyard etc , tie a long string to the trigger, cap it, take a prone position behind cover and pull it.
     
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    I'd just hand it to someone I didn't like and say "I double dog dare ya!".

    Seriously I wouldn't shoot it out even if I was sure it was black powder, well maybe if Sasquatch was charging with bared fangs.
     
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    Hold my beer
     
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    Thanks for the advise, but I got real lucky. I soaked the bore with water after pulling the nipple. I was able to grab the lead conical,(unknown lineage), and with a little tugging, it came right out. Powder came out as black goo, probably pyrodex. Bore was slightly rusty, but with judicious swabbing with a wire brush and Ballistol, it looks not too terrible! Maybe I got lucky.
     
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    Folks did load smokeless. Some smokeless looks a lot like pyrodex. ten year old powder will shoot. And two hundred year old would shoot. Powder doesn’t go bad. But... if it was badly loaded bad bad things. I too would have looked for a way to pull the charge.
     
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    I like this thread. Lots of fun ways to unload an unknown gun. All so far are very utube worthy if video'd.
     
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    I'll hold the camera. :)
     
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