Old muzzle loading guns come in 2 basic flavors, flintlock and caplock. Caplock guns use a percussion cap to ignite the powder, percussion caps are little copper or brass cups with some goop that explodes when the hammer hits it. The thing the cap sits on is a "cone" or more commonly a "nipple". They look like a squared off grease fitting and on old guns are very often stuck and some are stuck bad.
One of the worst I've ever worked on was an old side by side shotgun with a muzzle that looked like it had been stored in a lake. The cones were pretty beat up and wanted replacing, I soaked them in oil for a few weeks, tapped on them, heat, oil, tap, repeat. After a couple weeks I finally resorted to vice grips and, happily, they both came out. Patience is the key when removing stuck things... For details: http://curtsotherblog.blogspot.com/2021/08/more-muzzle-loading-scatter-gun-fun.html -Curt On Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 12:52:27 AM EDT, Craig via Mercedes <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: On Wed, 20 Sep 2023 03:54:48 +0000 MB list etc via Mercedes <email@example.com> wrote: > On Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 at 9:58 PM, mitch--- via Mercedes > <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > > Don't forget to hit the bleeder screw with a hammer as if it were a > > nail. > > Helps jar things loose, but just thump it once, don't beat it into > > something non bleeder shaped. > > IIRC, heat also helps loosen rusted threads, though I guess the Kroil > will burn off now if you hit it with a torch. Could make a mess of > things. If it comes to it, if it breaks off, drill it out and use an > "EZ-out" (or whatever they call those things) to get it out and replace > it with a new bleeder valve. After waiting for the Kroil to take effect, I rapped the end of the bleeder screw lightly with my small hammer and tried the vise-grips again. After a couple of tries, it broke loose. So now I can take both of the rear bleeder screws to a parts store and see if I can get a good bleeder screw. Thank you for the suggestions. Craig _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com