Post by whitetaildave24 on Sept 26, 2010 10:07:09 GMT -5
I went and sighted in my muzzleloader on Friday and now I cannot get my breech plug out. I have never had this problem before and was wondering if anyone has ever had this problem and if there are any secrets I can try to get it out. I have tried for hours and I cannot budge it. It is a Knight .54.
Heat will usually take them out. Use either a hand held propane torch, heat gun or hair dryer and heat the outside of the breech. Be careful if you use propane and take the stock off before applying the heat. Heat it up it till its hot and then use your breech plug wrench. Since Knight uses a socket type breech plug use a small breaker bar on and whack the back of the breaker bar with a hammer while putting pressure on it. Use a vise to hold your action. Once it breaks loose it will come out.
If this doesn't work use an impact wrench. The hammer effect will break them loose.
To solve this problem use Teflon pipe tape on the threads with some breech plug lube. h.h.
Post by TagTeamHunter on Sept 26, 2010 16:39:03 GMT -5
I don't know if you have direct access to the breech plug; but, this works on break open models. With the muzzle pointing down, put a few drops of water on the breech plug and let it seep into the threads. Take your breech wench and work the plug back and forth. When it stops moving repeat the process of adding a few drops of water. This worked for me when my plug got stuck. Assuming it is the fouling causing the lock up and not rust.
Post by whitetaildave24 on Sept 30, 2010 19:22:26 GMT -5
Well I finally got it out after the third day. I used hot water and some lubricant and I was finally able to work it out. I always clean the gun really good after I shoot it and there was still plenty of breech plug grease on it when I got it out. I just can't figure out why it was stuck.
It works very well if you use common sense. I've taken a few out this way. Just keep the heat off anything that will melt and dont heat it up too much. A little heat works wonders. h.h.
I agree with you h.h.
I've removed 3 stuck breech plugs for friends in the past few years and I used a"gentle torch" flame on 2 of the removals (held securely in a vise with meltable parts removed). Quickly then, I held an ice cube against the breech plug alone and then gave a quick rap to the handle of a breaker bar/socket applied to the plug. If you don't get an immediate loosening, rap the plug clockwise and it can help "free" the plug - then remove counter clockwise. Make sure the socket is a tight fit.
I started using this process on stuck tractor and motorcycle studs years ago. Pretty primitive, but it seems to work well.
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