Breech plug cleaning

3TOE

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Just curious to know if anyone has found either a great product or method for cleaning the breech plug on a muzzleloader? I have been hunting with muzzleloaders for 30 years now. The newer guns with the removable breech plug are a pain to clean IMO. I spend as much or more time cleaning the plug as I do the barrel & rest of the gun. I shoot Blackhorn 209 & use their solvent / cleaner. It obviously works, but there is a considerable amount of time spent removing ALL of the fouling from the powder. If you have any tips or tricks, please share. Thanks!
 

Utah400Elk

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Probably not the best idea but who knows…..

I boil water in microwave and soak breech plug in the boiling water while I clean the barrel. The. I replace the water with Hoppers for another 4-5 min while I clean the bolt.

When I am done with the bolt I move to the breech plug and it cleans up pretty easy for me. No hardcore scrubbing…just a wipe off.

I then soak it again in boiling water from microwave for 3-4 minutes and blow it off with compressed air to remove any leftover water. That has always worked for me and Is not that hard.
 

3TOE

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Probably not the best idea but who knows…..

I boil water in microwave and soak breech plug in the boiling water while I clean the barrel. The. I replace the water with Hoppers for another 4-5 min while I clean the bolt.

When I am done with the bolt I move to the breech plug and it cleans up pretty easy for me. No hardcore scrubbing…just a wipe off.

I then soak it again in boiling water from microwave for 3-4 minutes and blow it off with compressed air to remove any leftover water. That has always worked for me and Is not that hard.
I’m willing to try anything. I have been soaking the breech plug in Blackhorn solvent for 15 minutes or so then going to work. I spend 30-45 minutes cleaning the plug alone. Thanks for the response.
 

Utah400Elk

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I had been using the BH 209 solvent but have found KG-1 bore cleaner works much better for the barrel. I use Hopes for the breech plug because I have a bunch but a I am sure the KG-1 would also work fine.
 

Shadow

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I soak mine in a cup of real hot water with a little dish soap while I’m cleaning the rest of the gun. Seems to clean up pretty easy just running a q-tip through it.
 

3TOE

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I’m definitely going to try the hot water trick. Back in the day when I only shot Hawken rifles, I would fill the sink with hot water remove the nipple & swab the barrel out.
The new inlines are so much like a regular bolt gun now, I just clean it like I would a regular rifle.
 

3TOE

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I just wanted to circle back & thank you guys for the recommendation of using hot water. Last weekend after shooting I tried the hot water soak with some Hoppes while I cleaned the barrel & it worked great. I maybe only spent 10 minutes cleaning the breech plug vs 45 or so minutes. 👍🏻
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Millsworks

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I chuck a shotgun bore brush in a drill.
It clears the internal crude out great with hot water and some simple green degreaser.
 

3TOE

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I chuck a shotgun bore brush in a drill.
It clears the internal crude out great with hot water and some simple green degreaser.
I was using a bore brush, nipple pick, q-tips, thread brush… you name it. I used the hot water along with some hoppes, wiped it off & reamed with a tiny drill bit then blew it off with the compressor & it was as clean as new.
 

Bluehair

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Go by a welding supply or hardware store and get some tip cleaners (for torches). They come in a little tool set with lots of different sizes. Flash hole problem solved forever.

When I do clean my ml, I hit the breech plug with the wire wheel on the bench grinder and the flash hole with the tip cleaner. I doubt I spend an entire minute on it.
 

Millsworks

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Go by a welding supply or hardware store and get some tip cleaners (for torches). They come in a little tool set with lots of different sizes. Flash hole problem solved forever.

When I do clean my ml, I hit the breech plug with the wire wheel on the bench grinder and the flash hole with the tip cleaner. I doubt I spend an entire minute on it.
I have used the torch tip cleaners too. But that was only after some serious crude needed to be cleaned out of the nipple and flash hole.
 

Ed

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Breech plug for in lines and nipples for traditional I clean the same. Hot cup of water and a couple tablespoons of vinegar. Let them soak them scrub. Carry an extra in the field.
 

3TOE

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Breech plug for in lines and nipples for traditional I clean the same. Hot cup of water and a couple tablespoons of vinegar. Let them soak them scrub. Carry an extra in the field.
👍🏻 I always have a spare breech plug.
 

nfh

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Go by a welding supply or hardware store and get some tip cleaners (for torches). They come in a little tool set with lots of different sizes. Flash hole problem solved forever.

When I do clean my ml, I hit the breech plug with the wire wheel on the bench grinder and the flash hole with the tip cleaner. I doubt I spend an entire minute on it.

I do this to after i soak it in some CVA barrel blaster
 

Gator

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right size drill bit glued with a small wood dowel to form a handle works great out in the field if you are having problems clearing the hole.
 
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I put a bit of simple green and water in my ultrasonic cleaner and run it for 5 minutes, blow dry with my air compressor. Looks new after. I also put my muzzle break in with it and get the same results.
 

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