2011 Shoot Schedule
During a shooting session most competitive shooters clean their bores after each shot. The cleaning removes the back powder residue, which may affect the accuracy of the next shot and makes loading easier.
After you are finished shooting you want to clean your rifle thoroughly because the black powder residue absorbs moisture and will cause metal parts to corrode. Of special concern should be the bore of your rifle. A rifle with a patent breech will allow you to remove the barrel easily from the stock. The breech should be put into container of hot water and detergent and the water worked in and out of the bore with a patch on the ramrod. When completely dry a good anticorrosion substance should be used to coat the bore. You might want to check the bore the next day to be sure the anticorrosion substance is doing its job. For those guns with barrels pinned to the stock a hose can be fitted to the nipple and the hot water and detergent solution worked in and out of the barrel.
Don’t overlook the lock. The propellant residue can work its way into the lock mechanism so that should be cleaned too. Wipe any residue from the stock, especially around the lock and nipple or pan area. Be very careful with flintlocks because the fine pan powder can work its way down into the lock cavity in the stock. There have been cases where so much fine pan powder has accumulated in the lock cavity that the hammer couldn’t be pulled back to the cocked position. This situation is a catastrophe waiting to happen. Ignition of that enclosed powder probably would severely injure the shooter and certainly destroy the rifle. If other people were around they might be injured also.