Once the season is over and you’ve shot your muzzleloader to your heart’s content, it’s now time to get your CVA muzzleloader clean and ready for storage. Let’s face it – complete cleaning of a rifle is always somewhat of a pain. However, the condition in which you store your rifle will directly impact how well it will perform when you take it out next time.
Of course, throughout the season you should occasionally put some oil on the barrel and metal parts to protect them from weather, and you should always clean the barrel after any shooting. But, now that the season is over, you need to give the gun a thorough deep cleaning before you store it.
First, take the gun apart to the full extent as recommended in the owner’s manual. One of the places you need to pay particular attention to is the barrel itself, the breech-plug area, and, one of the most-important yet overlooked parts, the firing pin housing and firing pin. Usually, the manufacturer will provide instructions for firing pin cleaning. Usually, these mechanisms are very simple to disassemble. Once you have taken the firing-pin out, you will want to clean it, the firing-pin bushing, and the firing-pin spring. All these parts are usually sealed pretty well within their housing, but, over the course of a season or particularly wet weather, moisture and powder residue can cause corrosion in these regions of your CVA muzzleloader, or any muzzleloader. So, especially before long-term storage, and even if you have only shot a few shots, be safe and fully clean the firing pin and its associated parts. Any product that you use to clean your bore or your breech plug is sufficient to clean the firing-pin bushing, the spring and the firing pin.
For CVA muzzleloaders of the break-action design, you’ll find a firing pin bushing on the breech face. Removing the firing-pin mechanism is as simple as screwing out this bushing and letting the firing pin and spring drop out into your hand. If for any reason you’re not comfortable with taking the firing-pin bushing out on your own, or if you don’t know exactly where it’s located on your gun, you can contact CVA customer service. CVA’s customer service can coach your through the entire process. After you’ve cleaned these parts, lubricate them and put the firing assembly back together. I use either nylon or a brass toothbrush with solvents to clean these parts. Then I lightly lubricate them, reassemble these parts and put them back in the rifle. Any common lubricant that you’d use on your bore, breech plug or any other part of your CVA muzzleloader will be fine. The one I use the most is Ballistol. Here is the link on where to find it.