Florida Hunter Safety Course


Cleaning a Muzzleloader

Cleaning Muzzleloader

Black powder is very corrossive. After firing a muzzleloading firearm it should be thoroughly cleaned to help it function properly and to keep it clean and rust-free.

Follow these steps for cleaning your muzzleloader:

  1. Be sure the firearm is unloaded.
  2. Remove the barrel if possible.
  3. Wash the inside of the barrel with hot soapy water (best method) or a commercial cleaning solvent. Wash the nipple area also with an old toothbrush.
  4. Rinse with scalding hot water.
  5. Use your cleaning jag to run cleaning patches through the bore until the patches come out dry.
  6. Run several damp patches of bore lubricant inside the barrel.
  7. When the barrel has cooled, put a light coat of good grade gun oil on the outside of the barrel, and reassemble.