What makes for a good flintlock cleaning tube clamp?

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Darto

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Ol' Capandball is using a tube with a clamp that stops the flow. I have a cleaning tube that is more universal, the one TOW sells. It does not have a shut off clamp. I could jerryrig one up, but wonder if anyone has a better idea. (4:02" he shows the clamp). My only idea is one of those little clamps that locks a sliding window. It clamps the metal frame around the window glass to the metal rail the window slides along.
 
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The magnetic attachment from "The Lucky Bag" is better than the clamp on attachment. You do have to be sure that the gasket covers a touch hole liner that has a screw slot. No flint lock cleaning attachment can really seal those off reliably.
 
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Try this for cleaning. Been using mine for a few years. Works fantastic. THE LUCKY BAG
That looks like a great idea for a flat octagon barrel, but my Fusil de Chasse has a round barrel, and I cannot see this magnet holding on the curve. Maybe I need another rifle?
 

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I plug the vent hole with a toothpick. Be sure it's tight enough to prevent leaks. Then I pour some bp solvent into the barrel, letting the solution sit for a few minutes while cleaning the lock. Dump out the dirty solution, pull out the toothpick and wipe the bore with enough patches to get it clean. Scape the breech face to be sure all fouling has been removed.
 
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I stuff an absorbent paper towel in the pan and close the frizzen on it. Pour cleaning solution of your choice down the barrel. Turn rifle so touchhole is facing down, swab bore and let all the nasty fluids mostly collect in the paper towel. Clean up stock where it dribbles out. Works for me - your results may vary!
 

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I have the C clamp style. It works, but I have to get it MEGA tight, and even still, it loosens up/leaks after 15-20 pumps of the cleaning rod. Which is generally enough for me, being as I swab between shots and my bore isn't usually super fouled.
 
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I 'pump flush' all my muzzleloaders. Flint or perc, does not matter. However I'm not un-pinning a barrel from a full stock flinter after every time I shoot it. I don't like the clamp style. It's fiddly at best. I bought a rare earth magnet flush tube from the Lucky Bag guy. If you follow his instructions, it works PERFECTLY. I highly recommend it!
 
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You have a link or vintage info? I'm interested in that magnet tube system!

I 'pump flush' all my muzzleloaders. Flint or perc, does not matter. However I'm not un-pinning a barrel from a full stock flinter after every time I shoot it. I don't like the clamp style. It's fiddly at best. I bought a rare earth magnet flush tube from the Lucky Bag guy. If you follow his instructions, it works PERFECTLY. I highly recommend it!
 
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