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 Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX

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Overdue Bill



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PostSubject: Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX   May 13th 2018, 5:32 pm

I know for sure that I read, two or three times, about using vinegar for cleaning pyrodex.  Can someone tell me what the formula is for this and your opinion about the feasibility of using vinegar?  thanks a bunch!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX   May 13th 2018, 5:42 pm

Windex/vinegar mix is something windex already offers, so I do not know what the actual mix ratio is. I never had the need for the vinegar to be honest.

A little warm soapy water, flush again with clean water, dry, alcohol and run some lube down the bore.
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PostSubject: Re: Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX   May 13th 2018, 6:53 pm

Thanks FrontierGander    Sounds good!
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PostSubject: Re: Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX   May 13th 2018, 6:57 pm

No problem. Basically do as you would with real black powder.
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PostSubject: Re: Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX   May 13th 2018, 9:19 pm

For many years i have used Windex with vinegar (now called Windex Multi-Purpose Cleaner) to clean my muzzleloaders and antique Winchesters:  Mike Ventourino got me into that.    The stuff is about three percent vinegar.  

Before leaving the range i run a patch wet with Windex with vinegar down the bore and leave it wet.  Black powder and Pyrodex fouling is a base.  The vinegar neutralizes the fouling.  Sometimes you can see it fizz.   

At home: 

1.  Run patches

2.  Run another patch wet with Windex

3.  Run patches

4.  Run an oily patch. 

Takes 7-10 patches to get the bore squeaky clean.  Had my old CVA rifle since 2000.   It has fired well over 3,000 rounds.   The bore looks new.
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PostSubject: Re: Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX   May 16th 2018, 6:01 pm

@FrontierGander wrote:
Windex/vinegar mix is something windex already offers, so I do not know what the actual mix ratio is. I never had the need for the vinegar to be honest.

A little warm soapy water, flush again with clean water, dry, alcohol  and run some lube down the bore.
Same here. Except, after the "dry" part I blow hot air thru the barrel with a blow dryer for about 20 minutes.  Get that barrel WARM.  Then the alcohol.
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PostSubject: Re: Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX   June 11th 2018, 5:38 pm

I to use the Vinegar in windex it works well. I do know of a mix of 1 part water, 1 part, vinegar and 1 part baking soda. that mix came from a gentlemen I met in 1998 at the Smith&Wesson academy. He worked at Ft. Belviour, Va, doing maintenance on the Old Guard black powder rifles. If I remember right his name was Bill Hutton.
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PostSubject: Re: Once again---CLEANING PYRODEX   June 11th 2018, 7:14 pm

Thanks a bunch Huten_Dawg!!!!
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