Cleaning Your CVA Muzzleloader Rifles

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.

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7 Responses to Cleaning Your CVA Muzzleloader Rifles

  1. Lyle Crowell says:

    I use hot soapy water to clean. Then thoroughly dry and lubricate all parts that can carrode/rust. I leave my “Breach Plug” out till I’m ready to go shooting again. Also I put a slight amount of never seize on the Breech Plug. Useing this method I haven’t ever had any problems.

    • admin says:

      Lyle,
      I completely understand where you are coming from and I would not say that you are doing anything wrong. The whole point of this article is to remind folks of the importance of keeping your muzzleloader clean. I thank you for taking the time to read the article and posting a comment. The only thing about your comment that I would have a problem with recommending to others is that if you choose to use soapy water, I would make sure to make the water as hot as possible, so it can evaporate faster and to be sure not to leave any moisture on any part of the muzzleloader. A common complaint from muzzleloaders shooters is there gun is rusting and the two most common reasons for rust is fouling from the powder/primer discharge and moisture left on the rifle.
      -Thomas

  2. Tom C says:

    I have a 2010 Optima. I’ve only shot it about 30 times, but I didn’t know I was suppose to remove the firing pin and clean it. I recently read about the shim kit, and now I want to get one. But, when I went to try to remove the firing pin bushing it’s locked up an I can’t get it out.

    First, I need to know what tools to use. I read that a Wheeler 26 piece screwdriver set will do the trick, so I will look for one. I did take an old screwdriver I have and cut a notch in the middle to make room for the firing pin, but that didn’t do the trick and I need to find another appropriately sized screwdriver.

    I also took it to the only local gun shop to have them remove the bushing, but they wouldn’t even work on BP guns….. I checked the sign and it said “gunsmith”, so I don’t know what to think about that ;)

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