The Winchester Sutler, Inc -
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your Civil War black powder firearms
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How to: Load * Shoot * Clean * Civil War Muskets and/or Revolvers
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LOADING & SHOOTING
YOUR BLACK POWDER CIVIL WAR MUSKET

SAFETY FIRST

BREECH LOADERS AND NITRATED PAPER

LOADING YOUR REVOLVER TO SHOOT ROUND BALL

CLEANING YOUR MUSKET

ACCURACY

GUNSMITH


LOADING AND SHOOTING YOUR MUSKET
By: Hawkins

SAFETY FIRST
Rules to Live By:


1. Check your firearm to be certain that it is in a safe, useable condition: 2. Make sure that down range is clear to you backstop or 2,000 yards.
YES! A musket ball will travel that far.
3. Wear hearing protectors and shooting glasses.
4. Use the recommended load of Black Powder. No Modern powder!
Most gunpowder is black in color...that DOES NOT MAKE IT BLACK POWDER! Black Powder refers to a specific slow burning type of gun powder. Using a modern faster burning powder in a musket, Civil War revolver, or gun with Damascus barrels, will blow up the firearm & hurt you.
Historic note about the granulation of black powder:
If you read original documentation you will find reference to using 2fg powder. (The #FG or FFG or FFFG refers to how fine the powder is ground. The more "F's" the finer the powder.) At the turn of the century - 1900 - the standards for measuring the granulation of powder changed.
That which they called 2fg is now equivilant to what we now call FFFg.
In short... today... Fg is primarily used for cannons, FFg is cannon primer grade, FFFg is musket and revolver powder.
Reenactors shooting blanks like FFg
- because the larger grains burn slower causing more "blast" effect at the muzzle.
Competition shooters find better accuracy with FFFg
- because the finer granulation burns faster and more consistent.
5. Never load from a flask.(A potential hand grenade)
6. Never point the barrel towards yourself or anyone else.
7. Never have a live cap on the nipple during loading.
8. Always fire a couple of caps at a blade of grass before you load to assure that your barrel is empty and dry.
9. Never thumb the bullet to start it. (Hold it by the sides)
10. Never palm the ramrod. (Use finger tips from the side)
11. Always make sure that the bullet is seated all the way to the bottom on the powder.


LOADING YOUR BLACK POWDER MUSKET

LOADING TO FIRE MINIE BALLS - The Authentic Way

Minie ball cartridges came in ten packs with 12 caps paper wrapped inside. Each load had a pre-lubed minie ball wrapped in paper with 60 grains of "2F" black powder. ammo
(Please note: FFg powder of the 1860's is equal in size to FFFg black powder of today.) The paper was similar to today's butcher paper. This was tied with a string.
  1. You would rip the string on the powder end of the cartridge
  2. Pour the powder down the barrel
  3. Peal off the paper from the pre-lubed minie ball
  4. Ram the bullet till it seats on the powder
  5. Raise your rifle pointing down range
  6. Pull back the hammer to half cock
  7. Discard the spent cap from the previous firing
  8. Put on a new cap
  9. Pull hammer to full cock
  10. Aim with stock pulled firmly into your shoulder
  11. Squeeze the trigger
Avoid dry firing your musket. (Letting the hammer fall on the nipple without a musket cap on it) repeated dry firing will cause your nipple to mushroom (Get fatter) and then standard musket caps will not fit anymore...causing you to have to buy a new nipple

LOADING TO FIRE MINIE BALLS - The Modern Way -

PREPARATION:
  1. Pre-measure your FFFg Black Powder into a * QuickCharge Tubes (This handy all in one water proof "cartridge" allows you to rapid load easily.) About 40 grains in a 58 caliber for target shooting, no more than double that for hunting.
  2. Put your minie ball in the tube nose first, leave the grease rings exposed.
  3. Lube your bullet. 300Plus bullet lubricant is ideal for this.
quick charge tubeQuickCharge Tubes and lube
LOADING & FIRING - Did you read Safety first? (scroll up)
  1. Pull minie ball from QuickCharge Tube, using teeth or fingers
  2. Pour powder down rifle barrel with muzzle away from face and body, and hand off to one side of muzzle
  3. Take bullet from your teeth and place it in the muzzle - base down - keeping fingers to either side of bullet
  4. Place cup of ram rod on nose of bullet, and ram bullet all the way down to seat firmly on top of powder charge
  5. Raise your rifle pointing down range
  6. Pull back the hammer to half cock
  7. Discard the spent cap from the previous firing
  8. Put on a new cap
  9. Pull hammer to full cock
  10. Aim (Pull stock firmly into your shoulder) look to see that down range is clear, too and behind your target
  11. Squeeze the trigger

LOADING TO FIRE BLANKS

PREPARATION:

Make Paper Cartridge Tubes, or buy Paper Ladys
TO MAKE PAPER CARTRIDGE TUBES for BLANKS:
  1. Get a dowel rod near the size of your bore diameter (1/2" for .58)
  2. Cut butcher paper in strips wide enough to wrap around the dowel rod and overlap slightly.
  3. Wrap paper around dowel and glue edges together creating a long paper tube.
  4. Once the glue dries, slide the paper up the tube just a little, so that there is enough to crimp the paper over the end of the dowel like a penny wrapper.
  5. Put a spot of glue on the crimped end so that it will not unfold.
  6. Slide the paper further off of the dowel to a little longer than the volume of your powder charge - about 60 grains of FFFg Black for a 58 caliber Musket
  7. Cut paper
  8. Repeat steps 4 through 7 until you come to the end of the paper tube you made.
FILLING PAPER LADYS:
  1. Stand your paper tube glued end down and use a powder measure, funnel, or flask to pour the powder charge into the tubes
  2. Put a spot of glue just inside the top of the Paper Lady, flatten & fold, or string tie the open end of the tube shut.
LOADING & FIRING: - with no projectile.
  1. Tear paper at string or fold
  2. Pour powder down barrel keeping the muzzle of the barrel away from your face & body
  3. Discard paper.
    Do not put any paper in the barrel. It is a projectile capable of blinding a fellow reenactor, or catching a field on fire. Also, burning paper embers in your barrel can cause your gun to go off the next time you load.. commonly known as a cook off!
  4. Keep muzzle elevated when you raise your musket to your shoulder
  5. Pull back hammer
  6. Remove spent cap
  7. Put on a new musket cap
  8. Aim (Pull stock snugly into your shoulder) look to see that down range is clear.
    - Do not fire at a person... you could blind, deafen, or powder burn your fellow reenactors!
  9. Squeeze trigger.

LOADING TO FIRE NITRATED PAPER CARTRIDGES
IN A CIVIL WAR BREECH LOADER

PREPARATION:

MAKING NITRATED PAPER:
  1. Get a cake pan large enough to lay a sheet of paper flat inside of it. Put about 1/2" of water in the pan, set cake pan on stove, bring water to a boil
  2. Turn heat of stove down to simmer
  3. Stir in Potassium Nitrate (Salt Petere), one tablespoon at a time until you reach a super saturated solution (no more salt petere will dissolve.)
  4. Take one sheet of Onionskin Paper and thoroughly soak it in solution
  5. Hang soaked paper to dry on a string by two clothespins
  6. Turn off stove when you are done
Caution: this paper is highly flammable!

MAKING THE CARTRIDGE:
  1. Purchase a dowel slightly bigger than your bullet
  2. Cut a long strip of the nitrated paper to wrap around once with a little overlap. Wrap nitrated paper around dowel and glue (paper to paper - not to dowel) with Sodium Silicate (Water Glass)
    Do not use white or instant glues
    as they become rock hard and ruin your barrel.
  3. Slide this paper tube a little so that you may fold the end as you would a penny wrapper
  4. Fold and glue
  5. Slide further until the desired length of cartridge...plus a little... is off the dowel
  6. Cut
  7. Fill the paper tube with correct amount of FFFg Black Powder (about 35 grains for a 50 caliber)
  8. Slide the pre-lubricated bullet base first into the paper tube and glue or string tie the nitrated paper. If you string tie, be sure that you have soaked the cotton string in the nitrate solution

LOADING & FIRING - with nitrated paper cartridges
  1. Open breech
  2. Remove any debris from previous load
  3. Load whole cartridge...bullet-toward muzzle...into the back of the barrel
  4. Close breech
  5. Pull the hammer back
  6. Remove spent cap
  7. Put a new cap on the nipple
  8. Aim (Pulling stock firmly into shoulder)
  9. Squeeze trigger.

LOADING YOUR REVOLVER TO SHOOT ROUND BALL

PREPARATION:

  1. Check your revolver to be certain that it is clean, empty, dry, and in good working order.
Avoid dry firing your pistol. (Letting the hammer fall on the nipples without pistol caps on them) repeated dry firing will cause your nipples to mushroom (Get fatter) and then standard pistol caps will not fit anymore...causing you to have to buy a new set of nipples
LOADING YOUR REVOLVER:
  1. Pull the hammer to half cock and stand pistol muzzle up and pointing away from your body and face
  2. Put correct amount of FFFG powder in one cylinder (about 20 grains FFFg Black Powder for target shooting in a 44 caliber)
  3. Fill the rest of the cylinder with corn meal or use Hagzilla Monster Lubricated Wads
  4. With fingers to either side, place proper size round ball or conical ball on loaded cylinder. Do not thumb the ball!
  5. Rotate the cylinder to align with the loading lever
  6. Press ball in using the loading leaver, (this compresses the corn meal)
  7. Be sure to seal the cylinder with lubricant to prevent chain fire and lubricate bore. 300Plus works very well for this. (We keep 300Plus in a clean squeezable mustard container for this use) Repeat steps 2 through 7 for each cylinder
  8. We advise not putting the pistol caps onto the nipples until just before you are going to shoot
FIRING YOUR REVOLVER:
  1. Assuming your revolver is on half cock, put pistol caps on the nipples,(slightly squeeze the sides of the pistol caps if they are so loose that they will not stay on the nipples, or use #10 size pistol caps...they are slightly smaller.) Rotate cylinder as needed
  2. Point your pistol down range, and carefully pull the hammer back to full cock position
  3. Aim look to see that down range is clear, too and behind your target
  4. Squeeze trigger.

ACCURACY

The Variables
  1. Assuming your firearm has an excellent bore, (It doesn't - what can I do?)
  2. A sealed walnut stock (glass bedding)
  3. Your lock is fast and smooth, (It isn't - what can I do?)
  4. What you load into your gun becomes the critical factor for accuracy.
    1. Your bullet should be made of clean, soft lead, (soft enough to cut with your thumbnail) having no defects in molding. A good flux such as Leadex will get the dirt out of the lead you are using to mold and make the molten lead flow better
    2. Weighing the bullet with a loading scale will help determine if air pockets exist
    3. Running bullets through a sizing die will correct the outside diameter variances which occur during molding when the mold's temperature fluctuates (Cast your bullet .002 larger than you plan to use and then size them down two-thousandths)
      • If your bullet is to small, it will tumble
      • If your bullet is too large, you will beat it out of shape ramming it down to the powder charge...destroying its aerodynamics and accuracy
      • Seams in your bullet may cause it to fragment
    4. Exact measurement of FFFg powder (3F powder is smaller granulation burning faster and more consistently than 2F)- Powder Measures
    5. Keeping your powder charges dry - QuickChargeTubes provide a water tight, convenient method to carry you pre-measured powder with your lubricated bullet
    6. Fouling (A build up of burnt black powder residue in the barrel, most often caused by a bad bullet lubricant.) Fouling in the barrel can cause you to have to beat a bullet down the barrel, rather than the smooth two to three strokes it should take. Beating bullets down your barrel will cause deformations in bullet shape. ruining the aerodynamics. A good anti-fouling lubricant such as 300Plus, is recommend
    7. A Black Powder Cake in your barrel. Black powder is highly hygroscopic, as are the primer by-products. Muskets need to be completely cleaned with a solvent specially designed to neutralize and remove those hygroscopic residues. MooseMilk is specifically designed for cleaning black powder firearms. Inadequate cleaning of you bore, bolster, and nipple area will allow a cake to build up in you firearm. This cake can prevent the fire from the cap from reaching the powder. causing hang fire, or in some cases, no firing at all. Even more important, black powder cakes cause rust. Rust devaluates your gun and creates safety hazards.

GUNSMITH

WHAT OUR GUNSMITH CAN DO FOR YOU

Getting accuracy out of a musket using minie balls is not rocket science or voodoo. All of the following is not going to make a better shooter out of you. That takes practice. The following does give you the ability to shave points. Lets say that on a good day you can shoot an 89 on a standard 50 yd N-SSA off hand target.
89
+2 points for glass bedding
+2 points for stock work
+2 points for lock work
95 points puts you in the running.
But more important, if you miss, you know that you did it, not the rifle. BAD BARREL
BAD STOCK Civil War Breach Loading Carbines present different problems that can also be helped by the above. Please call for estimates 540 888-3595

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SHOOTING & LOADING & MOULDING SUPPLIES

Musket & Pistol Caps

GlareGone

* FOR LONGARMS & PISTOLS *

Seeing your sights easily is very important to making your bullet hit its intended target. GlareGone can give you that edge with no unsightly permanent change to your firearm.

WIPES OFF - with just a cloth - no chemicals needed.

GLAREGONE BLACK - is a flat black aerosol sight spray for those bright sunny days when the glare from your barrel blinds you.

GLAREGONE ORANGE - No Longer available.
GlareGone

GlareGone is specially formulated to not gum up in the can. More than 4,000 cans have been tested, and the only problems encountered were nozzle clog. (We will send a spare nozzle if you need one. Mail a note to us with a S.A.S.E. having 57 cents postage)


LOADING EQUIPMENT


Flask

  • #FLK2 .31 Colt Type...$19.50
  • #FLK3 .36 Remington Type...$21.50
  • #FLK4 .44 Remington Type...$21.50
  • #FLK5 .36 Colt Type...$23.50
  • #FLK6 .44 Colt Type...$23.50
  • #FLK7 Mississippi Peace Flask...$27.50
  • #FLK8 Walker Adjustable Flask...$45.00

NOTE: Do not load a recently fired firearm directly by flask. A hot spark could ignite the power stream from the flask... causing the flask to explode like a hand grenade.
Flasks


Paper Ladys - for firing blanks

  • #PLdySm 135 empty paper tubes...$12.50
  • #PLdyLg 250 empty paper tubes ...$22.50
Image paper ladies
Picture of Paper Ladies

QuickCharge Tubes

The safest, watertight, convenient way to carry your pre-measured powder with lubed minie ball or patch & round ball. Great for hunting and target range.

* THE ULTIMATE ANSWER TO MUZZLE LOADING QUICKLY! *

Why use a vinyl plastic tube when you have been getting along perfectly well with a powder flask, charger, or rolled paper cartridges? Let's pose that question another way. Have you ever witnessed a powder flask explode from someone pouring a charge directly into the barrel. Have you ever wished that you could stuff another charge down faster, without fumbling for a flask, measure, ball & patch separately? Ever try going through the manual of arms in the rain with paper cartridges?

QuickCharge Tubes:
  • Can increase your loading speed.
  • Puts bullet, powder, & patch conveniently in one hand.
  • Has no small parts to loose.
  • Has no moving parts to break.
  • Are water resistant (Squeeze tube when inserting bullet).
  • Will firmly hold a minie ball, conical slug, or patched ball.
  • Reusable, field tested for more than 2000 reloads.
  • Color coded for different calibers.
  • Flexible - Example: One tube fits .44, .45, & .50.
  • Powder will not stick to tubes.
quick charge tubesquick charge tubes
IMPORTANT! As black powder firearms vary in age and condition, and as they are subject to various loading and safety procedures, The Winchester Sutler, Inc. nor any of its distributors or dealers, do not and cannot guarantee the safe or proper use of the above listed products in any manner.
QuickCharge TARGET Tubes:
Packaged 50 to a package
target quick charge tubes
#CaliberMax. Capacity
FFFG Black Powder
ColorPrice
1101.36 - .4030 GrainsWhite$9.50/per 50
1102.44 - .5045 GrainsYellow$9.50/per 50
1103.54 - .5860 GrainsRed$9.50/per 50
1104.69 - .7590 GrainsBlack$11.00/per 50

QuickCharge HUNTING Tubes:
Packaged 20 to a package
target quick charge tubes
#CaliberMax. Capacity
FFFG Black Powder
ColorPrice
1505.36 - .4085 GrainsWhite$9.50/per 20
1106.44 - .50135 GrainsYellow$9.50/per 20
1107.54 - .58175 GrainsRed$9.50/per 20
1108SHOTGUN1 oz./ 3 DramsBlack/Red/Clear$14.00/per 20

THE CAPACITY OF TUBE IS NOT THE SUGGESTED LOAD!

#1103 QuickCharge Tubes work as a cartridge casing in Smith Carbines.
You must drill your own flash holes

#1106 QuickCharge Tubes work as quick loaders for Sharps Carbines using ringtail bullets



Bullets

Hollow Point
Swaged Minnie Balls

577-580 Diameter
425 Weight
Made from pure soft lead
$43.00 per Box of 145

(Temporarily out of stock)

Picture of box of swaged minies
#SMB2 .515 Smith...$9.50

#SHB4 .544 Ringtail Sharps...$9.50



300Plus Bullet Lubricant & Pistol Cylinder Sealant
* The Clean Lubricant for black powder firearms *

With 300Plus, you can load and fire the 300th round
just as easily as the first round down a clean barrel.

300Plus is an anti-fouling bullet lubricant specially formulated to keep your barrel clean. This is very important because if your barrel becomes fouled and you have to start pounding your bullets down your barrel - you are deforming them and loosing accuracy.

300Plus derives its name from the following test. We loaded up more than 300 rounds of .575 minies with 50 grains of fffg, and dip-lubricated just the grease rings (did not fill the base). We fired 300 consecutive rounds from a .58 caliber rifled musket - without cleaning - and the rifle used was still printing in the black on a 50 yard target


300Plus:
  • A minie ball & maxi ball lubricant
  • A stiff round ball patch lubricant
  • A black powder pistol chamber sealant & lubricant
  • Non-toxic
tube in lube

GETTING THE CONSISTENCY RIGHT:
For Spring and Fall shooting, 300Plus is the perfect consistency straight out of the container.

300Plus Contains no paraffin or other petroleum products!

WARNING: Paraffin and other petroleum products can cause "Cook offs". It is neither fun nor healthy to have your musket unexpectedly fire while you are loading.


HOW TO USE:
#3301 8 oz container of 300Plus Bullet Lubricant...$6.75


Hawgzilla Monster Pistol & Rifle Lubricated Wads

Load directly on to the Powder - Under the bullet
To lubricate your barrel and prevent "Chain firing" in pistols.

("Chain Fire" is when the flame from one cylinder going off causes another cylinder to cook off. Because only the cylinder you intended to go off was lined up with the barrel, any other cylinder going off is a real dangerous situation.)

These lubricated Wads are twice a thick as those offered by our competitor. This makes them more stable and less likely to tilt. Also, Revolver shooters seem to like the extra air space they take up.

Do NOT use for firing blanks!
At close range,
these could take out someone's eye.

Please specify Caliber

Available in:
36 Caliber
44 Caliber
50 Caliber

$9.50 per Package of 100 wads.

Not available in 58 Caliber. See 300 plus above for minnie ball lubrication. See MooseMilk for Round ball with Patch lubrication.
Hawgzilla

MOLDING EQUIPMENT

Leadex Lead Flux

* SHOOT A CLEAN SOFT BULLET *
Make fluxing your lead the easiest step in your bullet casting. Dirt and other foreign matter in your Lead may be why your bullets are casting with irregularities and hollow cavities. Faulty bullets are not accurate, and may separate in your barrel.
  • Use Leadex to flux the impurities our of your lead.
  • Leadex does not make smelly or toxic fumes.
leadex
(Be sure to mold in a well ventilated area, as molten lead does produce hazardous fumes.)

HOW TO USE: #4402 12oz. Leadex...$6.00



CLEANING YOUR BLACK POWDER MUSKET

Black powder is highly hygroscopic (water gathering), as are the primer by-products. Muskets need to be completely cleaned with a solvent specially designed to neutralize and remove the hygroscopic residues.
YOU NEED
1. A Modern Musket Cleaning RodWhy a Cleaning Rod - Can't I Use My Ramrod We advise use of a one-piece aluminum cleaning rod with both the cleaning jag and the handle pinned on.
Screw together rods can unscrew in the barrel. Retrieval of the lost piece can be real difficult.
Wooden cleaning rods get dirt embedded in the wood and grind away at your rifling.
Ramrods offer very little for you to grab onto, and they often break when used this way.
One-Piece Aluminum Cleaning Rod $17.50 v/s Replacement Ram Rod $28.50
2. A Brass Cleaning Brush A brass brush is your safest choice.
Stainless steel brushes can scratch the inside of your barrel - promoting future cleaning & shooting problems.
Nylon brushes can melt in your barrel if your barrel is hot.
3. Cotton Cleaning Patches Use the Right Size and Use 100% cotton.
(.58 = 2 " x 2").
4. Black Powder Solvent Do Not Use Anything With Ammonia or Hydrogen Peroxide.
We use MooseMilk. It is safe in your barrel, and won't ruin your stock finish.
Black Powder is hygroscopic - attracts moisture. Moisture on steel promotes rust.
Black Power residue contains sulfur. Ammonia mixes with sulfur to create a nasty acid.
Sulfur mixed with Hydrogen Peroxide creates sulfur dioxide. Another steel eating formula.
5. Musket Nipple Wrench Pliers or a wrong size wrench could round the shoulders on your nipple, making it near impossible to remove it.
6. Nipple Pick Preferably Stainless Spring Steel. Because it is flexible, strong, and unlikely to break off in your nipple.
7. Old Tooth Brush Clean and free of other chemicals.
8. Black Powder Compatible Oil Not "3 in one" or other household oils which attract moisture.

CLEANING YOUR MUSKET
  1. Use a good black powder solvent designed to neutralize & remove the highly hygroscopic residues which result from firing your musket. We suggest MooseMilk Black Powder Solvent & Patch Lubricant
Be sure the solvent you use
will not harm your stock finish or chemically eat your steel barrel.

DO NOT USE PRODUCTS CONTAINING AMMONIA OR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
They combine with the sulfur residue and create steel eating mixture containing:
sulfuric acid * ammonia sulfide * sulfur dioxide
All of the above can eat through the engine block of your car!



MooseMilk Black Powder Solvent & Patch Lubricant

Has been in production since 1954
The Winchester Sutler, Inc.
Has more than 30 years experience using this product continuously.
We have found nothing else on the market as safe & efficient.
Contains no ammonia or hydrogen peroxide!
Neutralizes & removes both black powder and primer residues.
Will not harm your stock finish so you don't have to take your gun apart.
(Exception: Extensive soaking of linseed oil stock finish will leave water marks.)
MooseMilk also works on nitro & cordite fouling.
MooseMilk is a fantastic patch lubricant.
It also stops corrosion of brass cartridge casings.
MooseMilk is: non-toxic, non-flammable, non-explosive
OIL YOUR MUSKET AFTER CLEANING!
MooseMilk as a Musket Cleaner.
Long ago the developers of this product discovered that trying to produce an all in one cleaner and oiler would not work. The oils would retain some of the black powder residue, and the barrel of you musket would get eaten by those corrosive and hygroscopic particles.
Clean your gun with MooseMilk.

MooseMilk Black Powder Solvent & Patch Lubricant

  • #2202 - Moosette, 8 oz...$5.00
  • #2203 - MooseMilk, 16 oz...$7.50
  • #2204 - Maxi-Moose, 32 oz...$12.50
MooseMilk


MUSKET CLEANING ROD:

Important features of our musket cleaning rods:

#CLR1 .58 cal. 3 Band Rifle...$17.50
#CLR2 .58 cal. 2 Band Rifle or Carbine...$17.50
#CLR3 .54 cal. Sharps Rifle or Mississippi...$17.50
#CLR4 .54 cal. Sharps or Gallagher Carbine...$17.50
#CLR5 .50 cal. Smith or Maynard...$17.50
#CLR6 .44 cal. Pistol...$12.50
#CLR7 .36 cal. Pistol...$12.50
#CLR8 .69 cal. Musket Rod...$18.50
Picture of Cleaning Rod

USE BRASS SHOTGUN BRUSHES
Below are suggestions of which modern brush to purchase to clean your Civil War firearm

You can purchase these cheaply at Walmart / Kmart / or gun shops.

.36 cal...use modern .38.54 cal...use modern 12 ga.
.44 cal...use modern .45.58 cal...use modern 16 ga.

TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES FOR CLEANING MUSKETS AND PISTOLS:

#WACC1 Stainless spring steel Musket Nipple Pick...$.50
#WACC2 .58 all wood Tompion...$2.00
#WACC7 .58 1855 (E.O.A.) Worm (for pulling lost patches)*...$6.00
#WACC8 .58 1855 (E.O.A.) Ball Puller*...$6.00
#WACC9 Powder Measure (marked in 10 grain increments) with funnel and nipple pick...OUT OF STOCK
#WACC10 Enfield Nipple Protector with chain & ring...$6.00
#WACC11 EOA - Musket Nipple Wrench...$9.50
#WACC12 EOA Pistol Nipple Wrench with screw driver...$7.50
#WACC21 2 Blade Crescent Musket Nipple Wrench...$9.50
#WACC13 Ram Rod Extender*...$4.00
#WACC14 Brass Brush to screw on ram rod*...$4.00
#WACC15 Wool Swab to screw on ram rod*...$4.00
#WACC16 Brass bore scraper for ramrod*...$6.00
#WACC17 Brass bore scraper for our .58 cleaning rod...$6.00
#WACC18 Brass bore scraper for .69 cleaning rod...$7.50
#WACC19 3 Blade Crescent Musket Nipple Wrench...$9.50
#WACC20 Closed 2 Blade Musket Nipple Wrench...$9.50

*these items are threaded to go on Euroarms ramrods
Tools
Solid
Brass
Ramrods
$39.50
Save wear on the lans in your barrel. Instead of using a steel ram rod, use brass.
For: Springfields, Mississippis, Zouaves, Enfields: be sure to length of barrel and specify gun
picture of brass ramrods

THE TOOLS - What do I really need

Worm - Everybody should have a way to extract lost cleaning patches.
Screws on the ramrod and is used to retrieve cleaning patches. This is not a cleaning jag!

Ball Puller - for people shooting lead - (Hope you never need it)
Screws onto the ramrod and is used to retrieve stuck minnie balls.

Stainless Steel Nipple Pick - keep one in your hat - (a safety pin will work in a pinch)

Musket nipple wrench - do not round the shoulders of you nipple with a pair of pliers.
- The modern WACC11 is the easiest to use.
- The reproduction crescent & closed style have screw drivers.

Tompion - keeps rain, bugs & dirt out of your barrel

A Modern one-piece Cleaning Rod Screw together cleaning rods could unscrew in your barrel and are near impossible to retrieve. Flat slotted cleaning rod tips are not the right shape to clean the bottom of your barrel.

Brass Shotgun Brush - 16 ga. shotgun brush for .58 caliber.

100% cotton cleaning patches 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" - You can cut them from old 100% cotton "T" shirts.

Good oil (Do not use 3in1 oil as it attracts water vapor to lubricate)


YOU SHOULD NEVER USE OR BUY THE FOLLOWING - if you have been taking good care of your musket.
Bore Scrapper - for people who have a cake in their barrel and are using the wrong cleaning solvents.
Ram Rod Brush - is a great way to break your ram rod. (Replacement cost is $30.00 - $40.00 verses buying a modern one-piece cleaning rod for $17.50)
Ram Rod Swab - as you will need a hand full of these to really clean you musket, this is incredibly expensive. And once again you are risking breaking your ram rod. (Buy a modern one-piece cleaning rod, a shotgun brush, and some cotton patches.)
Ram Rod Extender - to get more reach and tork... and you will be even more likely to break your ram rod)

YOU HAVE INVESTED AT LEAST $500.00 IN YOUR MUSKET
TAKE PROPER CARE OF IT
Clean your gun between skirmishes.




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