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Oldguy44
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Cleaning 45-70 Cartridge Tube

Post by Oldguy44 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:39 pm

Does anyone have any tips on getting a 45-70 cartridge tube (not the plunger) squeaky clean without taking all day and using 200 patches? Mine got powder fouled on a recent desert outing. I used a bore brush and a ton of Hoppe's #9 soaked patches and there is still powder residue in there which makes the plunger stiff to insert and remove. I also polished the plunger with 0000 steel wool. So it's better but not 100% as delivered. I was thinking maybe a shotgun swab might be more effective.
Any help out there? Thanks
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Re: Cleaning 45-70 Cartridge Tube

Post by BigAl52 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:10 pm

I use a brush with a large patch in the tube on the gun and in the tube with the plunger. I've never had to use that many patches.
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Re: Cleaning 45-70 Cartridge Tube

Post by JEBar » Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:33 pm

I've used an old 410 Bore Gun Mop Brush ==> https://www.amazon.com/Tipton-Bore-Brus ... th=1&psc=1
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Re: Cleaning 45-70 Cartridge Tube

Post by Oldguy44 » Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:17 pm

Thanks guys, I bought a 16 Ga shotgun brush and a mop that should take care of this in good order. I also picked up 500 3 x 3 patches that should work much better than what I had been using.
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