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1. What's the process you guys use to thoroughly clean your 10ML at the end of the season and what cleaners do you use?
2. I recently acquired a 2nd 10ML and I've got it sighted in and want to clean it and put it in the safe and keep it like new. Should I do anything different than a normal cleaning. I've heard if people boiling water and pouring it down barrels to remove plastic build up from sabots. Is this a real thing or was I being fed a load if crap?
I've only used hot water to clean black powder residue/salts. While I haven't tried boiling water, personally I wouldn't expect much on sabot plastic. I do not experience much sabot plastic build up in my muzzle loader. In my 10ML II I have used shotgun cleaner formulated for cleaning plastic wad residue, thinking it couldn't hurt.
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sika2019 welcome... The solvent that competitive shotgun shooters use to clean chokes is great for removing any plastic residue from bore. a good idea for end of season or any long term, 3 months or more, storage. I use my regular cleaning solvent for the bore and metal, Ed's Red with acetone - or without acetone but lanolin added for long term storage, and then after a couple days or over night hit it with Barricade or long term storage solution of choice. Check it after a couple of weeks and storage with humidity control a must here in eastern VA. I have my SML thoroughly cleaned and breech plugs/vent liners ready for a new season when I put it away, just clean the Barricade out the plug and bore and ready to start shooting.
If you are shooting a "smoker" then I recommend the cheap 90% isopropyl alcohol for cleaning the bore and any parts with powder residue. Then another cleaning next day and then Barricade and check often to see what you missed or not.
I use IMR 4198 and I have not cleaned mine out in 5 years. I use a oily rag to wipe down the out side and a few drops of oil where needed. And I use a grease with Tungsten Disulfide in it on the bolt where needed too. I check it and make sure it is still oiled about every 2 to 3 months to catch any rust early. If I get caught in the rain I will use WD40 to get rid of the water then oil it after a good wipe down.