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Posted by Duane Spyer on Tuesday, 14 September 2010, at 8:20 a.m.
Have you ever encountered a TD that rejects all efforts to get it clean? I've owned an '88 for 8 years that I shoot occasionally that has done just that from day one. It obviously came to me that way. I've spent countless hours and hundreds of patches on this bore and several times I've said "screw it, I'll shoot it the way it is". My right arm is longer than the left from pushing and pulling that rod. Initially I thought that the dark patches were from lead, but neither a Foul Out or Lewis lead remover show any. With the exception of a very few small pits, the bore looks great when you drop a light in it. I can run Shiloh Bore solvent patches down it, and after a few, they look pretty clean. Scrub it with a bore brush and I'm back to almost black. Greg Dixon, of Dixon's muzzleloading told me to accept that fact that some old rifles just won't clean up. Should I do that?
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