When you are finished shooting for the day or for the season and plan to store the in-line muzzleloader away, it is recommended that you clean the firearm thoroughly. This includes removal of the breech plug and cleaning the corresponding threads in the barrel. Follow these instructions for thorough cleaning
1. Disassemble your in-line muzzleloader as detailed on pages 10 and 11 of this manual.
2. When using the in-line muzzleloader breech plug wrench, remove the breech plug by turning it counter-clockwise (as viewed from the nipple end). It will be necessary to overcome the initial resistance caused by the barrel to breech plug seal. The breech plug should now be scrubbed free of fouling and later it should be lubricated with an anti-seize lubricant like T/C's Gorilla Grease, before re-installation. The threads inside the breech end of the barrel must also be well cleaned with a stiff brush.
3. Fill a pan with very hot soapy water. Submerge the muzzle end of the barrel and receiver assembly (the striker and breech plug should already have been removed)in the water and push a wet patch down the barrel on the end of your ramrod(that has a jag installed on it) A jag comes with every new T/C muzzleloader. Pump the rod and patch up and down in the barrel. This will draw water into the barrel and flush out the fouling. When the barrel is clean, wipe off the excess water and set the barrel aside to dry.
4. Thoroughly wipe all the powder residue from the striker. You may want to submerge the striker in hot soapy water when scrubbing it. Dry the parts thoroughly before reassembly. After cleaning your in-line muzzleloader rifle, it is recommended that you lightly lube the striker and trigger area of the rifle. Do Not use heavy grease or oil, as during cold weather, excessive lube may congeal and slow the striker fall (or keep it from striking the cap on the nipple altogether) when the trigger is pulled. This may cause the rifle's striker handle to appear to be in the "cocked" position when in reality the striker has already moved forward, past the engagement sear. If this condition happens, the gun may go off when the lubricant is softened by heat from a vehicle or building.
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