I find very few topics where I can let pictures do most of the talking, but today after Church I found a good one. I went to my office, put in a good deer hunting video, got my trigger job stuff out and settled down to knock out a few trigger job’s I’d been putting off for a few days.
Now I’m not going to say the name of the customer of who’s rifle I was working on, but here’s what I found just under the surface of what otherwise “looked” like a clean frame...
This is really pretty common in Encores that are used for muzzleloader hunting or shooting, if not taken apart and cleaned from time to time (I clean all of mine at least twice a year). Not only will this kind of crud cause corrosion (which it has in this case), it will make even the best trigger job become sluggish and hard. Just look at the rust that came off onto my hand!
Whether you ever decide to do your own trigger job or not, learn to take these Encore frames apart for a good end-of-the-season cleaning. Unless this is the sort of thing you want to find at the end of summer as you prepare for the fall hunting season.
If you learn from me or someone else, just learn (I do sell a video.....SuperMAX Your Muzzleloader). Encores have a very simple mechanism to take apart and put back together and no special tools are really needed (there is a set of pliers that makes life simpler, but it can be done without them).
When I was a child I knew when I got out of the bathtub that my Mamaw Hobbs was going to look to see that I had got myself good and clean. It didn’t take long to figure out that the first place she was going to look was behind my ears. It also didn’t take long to figure out that it was a lot less painless for me to do it myself.
So learn how to clean behind you Encore's ears, it will be less painless in the end.