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PostSubject: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 6:50

I never used alcohol patches during cleaning for the main reason is that I do not know what its main purpose is for? I read a post some time ago that using an alcohol patch would dry up any left over water still in the bore after cleaning. Will using an alcohol patch remove old oil and residue from your bore? If using an alcohol patch during cleaning during what step do you use it and why do you use it? My last question is: Will alcohol patches remove oil left in your bore? Respectfully, cowboys 1062.
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 6:55

The only time I use alcohol is after the gun has been stored, and I want to remove the oil that I used for storage. This is done right before shooting the gun.

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 7:06

I use denatured alcohol for between shot barrel cleaning.  I dampen LIGHTLY a patch with the alcohol and swab the bore after shooting to remove BP fouling and to leave the bore clean & dry.  I like it because it doesn't freeze, evaporates very fast to leave a dry bore, and I use the pulled patch to wipe the frizzen, rock and pan before the next shot.

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 7:27

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The only time I use alcohol is after the gun has been stored, and I want to remove the oil that I used for storage. This is done right before shooting the gun.


Works for me too.
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 9:34

I use alcohol after cleaning it with soapy water. I dry the bore, plug the bolster with a finger and put a couple table spoon fulls downs the bore. It will remove any water on the face the breech plug and the bolster. Swab the bore with it as well to remove all traces of moisture. Oil up afterward.

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 13:17

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I use alcohol after cleaning it with soapy water. I dry the bore, plug the bolster with a finger and put a couple table spoon fulls downs the bore. It will remove any water on the face the breech plug and the bolster. Swab the bore with it as well to remove all traces of moisture. Oil up afterward.
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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 14:40

Boiling water will dry pretty fast on it's own. I always put a couple of drops of Ballistol in the last hot water rinse, and that prevents any flash rusting.

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 14:47

leaves skim or flash rust behind when i used boiling water. I like to use baby bath temp water with murphys oil soap.

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 14:52

Not with Ballistol in the last rinse. I've done that since the 80's with no rust.

Put a thin layer of butter on a knife, and hold it under warm water. Then do the same with hot water.

Hot water cleans better.

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 14:56

as always, you do it your way, and i shall do it my way Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 14:58

I wouldn't have it any other way, but don't claim my way causes rust.  tongue

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Wed 4 Mar - 15:17

All commercial alcohols contain at least 5% water. Pure alcohol is not possible by the distilling process because it takes up water from the atmosphere due to the humidity. The alcohol/water mixture will evaporate quickly if there is at least 70% alcohol and 30% or less water according to my professor in Organic Chemistry.
A hot barrel accelerates the evaporation process even more.

I use 95% isopropyl alcohol followed by Stealth or Barricade (RIG for long-term storage).

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PostSubject: Re: Alcohol patches during cleaning.   Thu 5 Mar - 16:51

Thanks for the great replies. I will start using it as a part of my cleaning process! Thank You, Respectfully, cowboys1062.
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