Make certain that the striker is in the "cocked" position, the safety is engaged (fully rearward) and aligned with the green dot on the stock and the firearm is unprimed before attempting to clear any lubricant or debris from the receiver of your T/C in-line muzzleloader. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
Black Powder and Pyrodex are very corrosive and the residue or fouling left in the bore after firing your firearm can be very destructive to the steel, causing oxidation, rust and pitting. Leaving your firearm uncleaned with this fouling present can lead to a ruined firearm.
When using a petroleum based lubricant, the buildup of this type of fouling is much more apparent and it is often necessary to clean the rifle or pistol between shots. Cleaning between shots will be necessary whether using black powder or Pyrodex. Failure to eliminate this residue will be destructive to the bore if left uncleaned for any length of time.
When using an all natural, non petroleum based lubricant such as T/C's Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter , the bore becomes seasoned with use, much like the surface of a cast iron skillet. Fouling is greatly reduced, and as a result it is not necessary to clean between shots, or even immediately after extended firing. The reduction of fouling present and the void of any petroleum combine to eliminate the corrosive effects on the steel. This does not mean that your obligation to clean the firearm after use is eliminated. The use of T/C's Natural Lube 1000+ merely eliminates the need to clean between shots as excessive fouling will not build up. You can also delay cleaning after you have shot for at least the duration of your hunting trip without fear of damaging your firearm. You should clean your firearm after use prior to storing it away, and in order that you do not lose the "seasoned" characteristics already imparted to your bore, you should clean it with a non petroleum based cleaner such as T/C's all-natural #13 Bore Cleaner. Once a petroleum based solvent is introduced, the "seasoning" process is neutralized, much like washing your cast iron skillet with detergent.
Often, when using petroleum based lubricants, consecutive shots with black powder will produce shot-to-shot increases in pressure with the build up of fouling. This will greatly affect accuracy. Eventually, (if not cleaned) the muzzleloading firearm will become impossible to load properly. Driven part way down the bore and blocked by powder fouling, the projectile will hang up and refuse to budge further.
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