Cleaning a Savage Model muzzleloader

Use of smokeless powder cleaning solvents:

Savage Arms, Inc. recommends the use of most popular smokeless powder cleaning solvents for the bore, breech plug and vent liner. If you have fired either black powder or Pyrodex® through your rifle, use any good commercial black powder/Pyrodex® cleaning solution. Be sure to read and understand all of the cautions and warnings on all solvents and chemicals prior to use. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for best cleaning results. Note: Use of Pyrodex® or black powder may require wiping bore between shots and periodically cleaning breech face or firing pin support.

  1. Make sure that the bolt is open and there is no primer in the breech plug. Follow the instructions for "DISASSEMBLY" in the owner's manual supplied with the firearm.
  2. Using the appropriate cleaning solvent for the specific powder used (smokeless or black powder/ Pyrodex®) read, understand, and follow the directions listed from the manufacturer.
  3. Lightly scrub the bore with a bronze bore brush to ensure removal of light plastic residue left by plastic sabots.
  4. Wipe the bore with dry, clean patches.
  5. Lightly apply good gun oil to a dry, clean patch and run through the bore several times.
  6. Thoroughly clean the breech plug and removable vent liner of fouling with same solvent used to clean the bore. Carbon buildup in the breech plug behind the vent liner may have to be dislodged. Use care not to damage the threads for the vent liner. Pushing carbon from front to rear is the best way to clean. Inspect the vent liner by looking through it and replace if necessary. Wipe dry and apply a light coat of anti-seize compound to the threads of the vent liner and reinstall with Allen wrench supplied. Apply a light coat of anti-seize to the threads of breech lug and reinstall in the barrel.
  7. Wipe the outside metal surfaces of the barrel, receiver, and bolt with a lightly oiled cloth.
  8. Reassemble the rifle in the reverse order of disassembly.

Cleaning frequency recommendation for a Savage muzzleloader:

When using:

Vent liner replacement frequency recommendation for a Savage Model 10ML-II muzzleloader:

When using: