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Cleaning a Thompson center muzzle loader.

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A Thompson Center muzzle loader is a black powder gun; meaning the bullets and powder aren't in a case like most gun bullets.  Muzzle loaders have came a long way, they were some of the first types of guns that were used.  A useful skill to know when you have a muzzle loader is how to clean it, because after shooting it, it will get dirty.  When the gun is shot the black powder sticks to the sides of the barrel; making a mess. I started shooting a muzzle loader with my father when i was 12, and it is one of my favorite types of guns to shoot.  The only down side that comes with the gun is the time that it takes to clean it.  Through the years I have learned how to clean my muzzle loader in a relatively short amount of time.  The average amount of time it takes to clean a muzzle loader is about 10-25 minutes.  The gun should be cleaned after shooting it, or it can get rusty, and won't shot correctly.  All of the supplies can be found at any sporting goods store with a hunting/guns section in them.
 
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Step 1: Round up all supplies

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TIP: When dealing with a gun the first step you should do before cleaning it is make sure that it is not loaded.  With a muzzle loader you will have to take the breach plug out of the back side of the barrel.  If this is not done the gun could fire unexpectedly.

1. Round up all of the supplies that are listed below.

Supplies
-Dirty Gun
-Ram Rod
-Jag
-Breech Plug Wrench
-Dry patches
-Knight EZ Clean spray
-Breech Plug greese
-Rem Oil (any gun oil will work)

   Tip: Lay out all the supplies before hand to save time, and trips back and forth from where they are stored.

Step 2: Take out the breach plug

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The second step will be to take out the breach plug

1. The trigger of the muzzle loader will fold down, and the breech plug will be on the back side of the barrel.

2. Once you find the breech plug, use the breech plug wrench to take out the breach plug.  It may be hard to turn at first, but one it is broken loose it should be fairly easy to take out.

Put the jag on the ram rod

1. This is a simple step; simply take the jag and place it on the ram rod.

Tip: Make sure the jag is tight screwed on to the ram rod. The jag should be place on the flat side of the ram rod, the the curved side.

Step 3: Spray the gun with EZ spray

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Take the Knight EZ spray, and spray it down the barrel.

1. Spray the inside of the barrel with Knight EZ spray, this is to loosen the gun powder, and makes it easier to clean.

Tip: Lay a towel below the gun, because the spray will drip out the opposite side it is sprayed into.

Take the ram rod and a dry patch to clean the inside of the barrel.


1. push a dry patch through the barrel of the gun with the ram rod, use the side with the jag on it.  This will pick up the gun powder.

2. repeat this until the barrel is clean

Tip: If you hold the gun up to a light, and look through the barrel you can see if there are any pieces of gun powder left behind.

Step 4: Clean the breech plug

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Use a dry patch and EZ clean to clean the breech plug

1. spray the breech plug with EZ clean, to break down the gun powder.

2. wipe the breech plug with a dry patch until it is clean.

Tip: Make sure you get the breech plug clean.  If it does not get clean the powder will get stuck on it.  This could cause problems to the gun.

Use the breech plug grease, and put it on the breech plug


1. just use your finger, and put some grease on it then rub it on the breech plug.

2. the breech plug can be put back in the gun after this, do this the same way as taking it out.

Step 5: Put oil on the gun

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spray the gun with Rem Oil

1. Take out your gun oil spray the outside of the barrel.

2. use a dry patch to rub the oil all over the barrel.

Step 6: The gun is clean

Now the Muzzle loader is clean, so you can go out and shoot it again. Keeping the gun clean will also help it last for a longer amount of time. As I said at the beginning you should clean the gun after it is fired any time. I would also store the gun in a gun safe, or cabinet that is dry with no moisture; the moisture could also cause rust.