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Old August 20, 2013, 10:08 PM   #26
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One wonders how they managed to kill so many folks in the Unpleasantness of 1860 with all this cleanin' and screwdriverin' going on.
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Old August 21, 2013, 05:05 AM   #27
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They used rifles, artillery and disease. Revolvers not so much.
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Old August 21, 2013, 05:06 PM   #28
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That was good for a laugh. Regardless, my last cleaning went a lot smoother. I shot probably about 30-36 shots over the weekend. My dad really enjoyed it, first time shooting a black powder revolver. It is surprisingly accurate, and he and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So for cleaning this time around, I prepared a pan of hot water and soap. I removed the cylinder, plunger, and rod from the frame. I removed the trigger guard also, and dunked the frame, cylinder, and plunger in the soapy water. I used a couple brushes to scrub thoroughly. Once the gunk has been removed, i cranked the hot water on the slop sink and rinsed the soap out of the revolver components. Immediately after rinse in hot water, i used a hair dryer to dry the components. I have had the nipples soaking in hoppes #9 since this process began. After the parts have been dried, i hit it with oil and scrubbed. So at this point, i have a clean revolver, in one piece without rust. Well mostly, maybe it is some wear/tear at the bottom of my cylinder. I can upload pics, i just spent some time after work scrubbing it up. Either way, thank you guys, you have been an immense help.
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Old August 22, 2013, 07:59 AM   #29
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Glad it went smoother for you. I'm curious why you felt you needed Hoppes for the nipples thonugh?
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Old August 22, 2013, 08:51 AM   #30
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I suppose its just a force of habit. My dad usually soaks his breach plugs in hoppes, so i figured i would soak the nipples as well. That and with the rust from the first botched cleaning i didn't want to take any chances. This whole cleaning guns with soap and water has really taken me out of my element.
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Old August 23, 2013, 10:07 AM   #31
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Yeah, water on and in guns is sort of jarring. But some very fine looking originals were, I am assuming, maintained this way. Hot hot hot water rinse. Then some oil that will displace water, Ed's Red with the lanolin included in the mix maybe.
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Old August 23, 2013, 04:47 PM   #32
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Plain cold water is what I use on our most accurate competition target pistols.
These pistols here are 10-22 years old. The bottom one is the oldest. They have
Been fired thousands and thousands of times. I use nothing but black powder.
They are dried, then a light coating of WD 40. I would not even think of putting
Hot water down the bore, or soap!! If you want rust, use soap and hot water.
Soap contains salt, hot water promotes rust. You will never see any rust on any
Of my pistols or rifles. My oldest rifle is 40 years old. It's had nothing but the
Cold water & WD-40 treatment . I live here in Kansas City and we have lots of
Humid days. You all do as you see fit. I will stick to what has been working for
Me for over 50 years. Others who I shoot with at the Nationals at Friendship do
The same as I.

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Old August 23, 2013, 10:48 PM   #33
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I do basic cleaning on my '58 after shooting for the day, then completely disassemble it to thoroughly clean it about every fifth outing of shooting.

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Old August 24, 2013, 09:04 AM   #34
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Quote:
Soap contains salt
Slight correction if I may.
SOME soaps contain salt, not all which is why I suggested a specific brand, because it doesn't.
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