Cleaning the T/C In-line muzzleloader through the muzzle does not entail removal of the breech plug unless your aim is to totally clean the rifle before storage. If you do remove the breech plug, make sure you clean the threads and lube them with an anti-seize lube like T/C's Super Lube prior to re-installation. Also lubricate the threads inside the breech area of the barrel with anti-seize lubricant.
If you do wish to remove the breech plug, it is a good idea to remove the barrel and receiver assembly from the stock. Without the stock attached it will be easier to get the breech end nearer to your source of hot water.
Once accomplished, you may now proceed to clean by running patches, bore swabs or brushes, (or all 3) up and down the bore on the end of your ramrod. Or, you may even want to submerge the breech end into a bucket or pail of hot soapy water.
Use a jag, or a worm if you don't have a jag, and a patch saturated with a bore cleaner like T/C's No.13 bore cleaner. Run it down from the muzzle end a few times to remove the fouling. (Photo A).
Use a Jag for field cleaning (a Patch puller Worm will also work if you don't have a Jag with you.
Number 13 Bore Cleaner. is specifically designed for cleaning Black Powder or Pyrodex® fouling.
After removing all the fouling, follow up with a few dry patches to thoroughly dry the bore. If the gun is to be stored for any length of time, follow the dry patches up with a good protectant lubricant like T/C's All Natural Lube Bore Butter.
Remember, when you reinstall the breech plug, make sure the threads are cleaned and lubed with an anti-seize lube like T/C's Super Lube. Also lubricate the threads inside the breech area of the barrel with anti-seize lubricant.
Assemble your T/C in-line muzzleloader in accordance with the instructions on page 10 and 11 of this manual.
After your in-line muzzleloader has been reassembled, check the striker to ensure that there is no excess lubricant on the surface which could impede safe performance. Check for proper functioning of the trigger, striker and safety mechanism prior to loading and firing.
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