I picked up a CVA Buckhorn muzzleloader at a gun show last weekend. It's the first ML I've ever owned, and i'm pretty excited. I gave $100 for it and it even has a scope on it already.
The only thing I'm disappointed in is that the barrel has some fouling in it... I've used all of my basic cleaning methods: Hoppe's #9 and brass brush, the foaming bore cleaner stuff, even hot water and Dawn dish soap, and it's a lot cleaner than when I brought it home. The gun is supposedly fairly unused. According the guy I got it from it was his brother's gun. He sighted it in, hunted one season without shooting a deer, then passed away from cancer. I suspect that the gun was just never properly cleaned after being sighted in and has simply sat in a closet.
It's not terrible, I can clearly see the rifling threads all along the length of the barrel, and the only place I would consider it to be thicker is right along where the powder charge would sit at the base of the barrel.
Any suggestions as to what might work to get the rest of the gunk out?
Do you think a small amount of fouling in the barrel will affect accuracy and performance of the gun?
Do you think this is something I need to worry about as far as safety issues are concerned? (my wife wants me to put it in a sled and shoot it with a cord the first time...just in case
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