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How do you get a stuck nipple out of a muzzleloader?

Question by ciara. Uploaded on September 24, 2009

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from seadog wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I've never had one stuck so bad that I couldn't get it out with my leatherman. If that doesn't work, try removing the breach and soaking it in powder solvent.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

If stuck because of black powder fouling then soak that end of the barrel in hot soap and water for a couple of hours, swishing it around every once in awhile.

If from rust, soak it with penetrating oil, like Kroil, to loosen the rust, but remove all traces of oil afterward to keep from contaminating powder.

Use a perfectly sized wrench. If stripped then an Easy Out (might have to drill the hole out more to fit). Replace the nipple if damaged. And always use anti-seize grease when reassembling.

You could heat the area around the nipple a bit but if it gets to this point, just to be safe, take it to a gunsmith.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I have the best luck with this project using a liquid spray called "blaster". Spray with the blaster and let set for 20 minutes or so and then use the proper wrench. If the wrench slip, go with another shot of blaster and wait again and then use an American made vise grip. If this fail you should see a gunsmith and have him drill the nipple out careful and then resharpen the threads with the proper tap. Make sure that there is not a charge in the breech if the smith has to use a drill. Good luck to you.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

blaster works great i would heat the nipple lightly and then spray it on and in the nipple hole dont be afraid to use a lot repet 3 times it pulls the oil into the threds then while warm try to remove the nipple .also most auto parts stores carry blaster a

just took out 2 breach plugs this week for some friends using it .

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from Newtire wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

After soaking it a bit in some Kroil, Drive a 1/4" 12-point socket of the right size over the outside of the old nipple to swage the splines of the socket into it and unscrew it.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

If stuck because of black powder fouling then soak that end of the barrel in hot soap and water for a couple of hours, swishing it around every once in awhile.

If from rust, soak it with penetrating oil, like Kroil, to loosen the rust, but remove all traces of oil afterward to keep from contaminating powder.

Use a perfectly sized wrench. If stripped then an Easy Out (might have to drill the hole out more to fit). Replace the nipple if damaged. And always use anti-seize grease when reassembling.

You could heat the area around the nipple a bit but if it gets to this point, just to be safe, take it to a gunsmith.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I have the best luck with this project using a liquid spray called "blaster". Spray with the blaster and let set for 20 minutes or so and then use the proper wrench. If the wrench slip, go with another shot of blaster and wait again and then use an American made vise grip. If this fail you should see a gunsmith and have him drill the nipple out careful and then resharpen the threads with the proper tap. Make sure that there is not a charge in the breech if the smith has to use a drill. Good luck to you.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I've never had one stuck so bad that I couldn't get it out with my leatherman. If that doesn't work, try removing the breach and soaking it in powder solvent.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

blaster works great i would heat the nipple lightly and then spray it on and in the nipple hole dont be afraid to use a lot repet 3 times it pulls the oil into the threds then while warm try to remove the nipple .also most auto parts stores carry blaster a

just took out 2 breach plugs this week for some friends using it .

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from Newtire wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

After soaking it a bit in some Kroil, Drive a 1/4" 12-point socket of the right size over the outside of the old nipple to swage the splines of the socket into it and unscrew it.

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