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Old December 6, 2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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Amazingly dumb beginners ? Hawken carbine cleaning

What do you clean the barrel with?
Equipment, not solutions.
Do you use the other end of the ramrod, a cleaning rod separate from the ramrod??? Jags? worms?

I know, but this is my first real muzzle loader & it hasn't arrived yet & I'm dumb as a rock as well.
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Old December 6, 2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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Well, I was too chicken to ask when I first shot my Springfield. I use a cleaning rod with one of those jags with a hole in it. After a good rinse with hot water, I just run that up and down with cloth patches until it's dry. Every now and then I run a bronze brush, too, just to knock loose any crud that the water and cloth patches didn't get. It must work because after 150 years, the bore isn't too dark!
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Old December 6, 2011, 02:59 PM   #3
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I use a 20 gauge bore mop on my .54 and .58.
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Old December 6, 2011, 05:54 PM   #4
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Sorry I guess I'm showing my newbness.
The ramrod that comes with the rifle seems to be double-ended, one being more tapered than the other, combining that with an ad I found for a "tip kit" containing a brush, jag, swab, worm & bullet removing screw that was marked for "CVA Hawken", as opposed to "regular" I'm thinking maybe there is some oddball thread hidden somewhere in my ramrod?
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Old December 6, 2011, 06:28 PM   #5
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One end should be tapered and threaded. The other end should be cupped and flared. The flared end is what you seat your balls with. If your gun is a CVA then the parts will fit. If not they may or may not fit. Mostly what you need is a patch jag and a patch worm.
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Old December 6, 2011, 08:32 PM   #6
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Hello, wogpotter. Alot of shooters use what is termed a 'range-rod' these can be made from anything from plastic to stainless steel. some have handles that swivel to follow rifling. These are usually of heaver construction & longer than the loading rod that came with rifle. Check out Dixie Gun Works catalog, or other black-powder suppliers..they will have all the necessary goodies for feeding & cleaning. Good luck!
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Old December 7, 2011, 11:02 AM   #7
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I use a Hoppe's Black Powder cleaning kit rod that comes in 4 sections that's long enough for most muzzle loaders.
The widely available Kleen Bore jags fit the threaded end.
I use an undersize .41 jag with thick, folded homemade patches instead of a .50 jag with thin patches so the patches don't get stuck when they're pulled out.
It also comes with an adaptor that fits Hoppe's Tynex BP brushes and other shotgun accessories.
I use a muzzle guard with the aluminum rod to protect the rifling at the crown.
And I need to use a patch worm, I attached it to a ramrod, although thread adaptors are available.

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Hoppe's Black Powder Kit
Has everything you need to clean your muzzleloader. Contains No. 9 plus solvent, lubricating oil, four Weatherguard cloths, cleaning rod with accessories and patches. For all calibers. $13.95

http://www.adirondackoutdoor.com/guncare.htm
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Old December 7, 2011, 09:41 PM   #8
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I use a range rod; I have both fiberglass and solid brass range rods in a couple different diameters to cover the entire kit. A cleaning jag in the appropriate caliber and cleaning patches. Also use a .32 cal copper brush for the bores with a patent breech.
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