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This is a terrible story...

I bought an old percussion muzzle loader in 1962. It's a half stocked gun in 50 caliber. In those days it was hard to get proper bullets so I shot 45 balls with a thick patch.

The rifle shot like a dream, but my mother'd scream about the smell when I cleaned the gun...even if I did it outside. I was 16 at the time.

So one day I didn't clean it, and didn't get to it for about six months....great, right?!

The bore which was bright and shiny is no longer. I've heard that old bores can be "freshened". Does anyone out there know of a gunsmith who can clean up my old guns bore?

Thanks for the help.
 

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Anyone reading the post about freshening my old gun's bore? I wrote it and no one is helping me out here. Come on guys, doesn't anyone know where a guy can get an old muzzle loader rebored, or maybe re lined?

I'm at a loss.
 

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Depending on how ungodly rusted the bore is.... you might try a light lapping/polishing before you resort to drastic measures.

Clean it as thoroughly as possible by whatever means you see fit (I personally use the old bubble-bath in murphy's oil soap method, followed by alcohol patches, dry patches, and a good coat of oil,) then wrap a tuft of 0000 steel wool around a cleaning jag or patch worm, and slowly polish the inside of the bore for a good 40-50 strokes. clean it once more, then take a peep down the bore. If you still see lots of rust hanging on the inside like barnacles on a ship bottom, repeat the process.

If that doesn't help you, I'm afraid it's beyond my know-how.

Jon
 

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Re: re: How do I freshen the bore of an old muzzleloader?

jkvirginia said:
Depending on how ungodly rusted the bore is.... you might try a light lapping/polishing before you resort to drastic measures.

Clean it as thoroughly as possible by whatever means you see fit (I personally use the old bubble-bath in murphy's oil soap method, followed by alcohol patches, dry patches, and a good coat of oil,) then wrap a tuft of 0000 steel wool around a cleaning jag or patch worm, and slowly polish the inside of the bore for a good 40-50 strokes. clean it once more, then take a peep down the bore. If you still see lots of rust hanging on the inside like barnacles on a ship bottom, repeat the process.

If that doesn't help you, I'm afraid it's beyond my know-how.

Jon
Thanks, I'll give your process a whorl.
 
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