must be free of rust, dirt, grease, and powder residue to function safely and reliably.
Careful maintenance, which includes inspection of all components to determine if they
are in proper working order, is absolutely essential. Muzzleloaders use Black Powder FFg
or industry approved black powder substitutes that are highly corrosive, and when fired
will deposit corrosive particles and residue in the bore, breech plug, hammer, receiver,
trigger and other parts of the rifle.
Rifle grade stainless steel is more rust and corrosion resistant than blued steel, but it is
not rust proof. To insure your stainless steel rifle remains in superior condition, clean, oil,
and store it in the same manner as a blued steel rifle.
Basic cleaning equipment needed: ramrod with bore brush (fiber or brass), cleaning jag,
patches, powder solvent, breech plug grease, water displacing oil, small lint-free cloths,
pipe cleaners, and a toothbrush.
Before cleaning, be certain that the rifle is unloaded and that no primer is in the
receiver. Cleaning a loaded or primed rifle may result in accidental discharge.
1. Disassemble your rifle as described in your specific model's section of this manual.
Take care to put all small parts and similar components in a tray.
2. Clean rifle with soap and water or an approved solvent. Do not use soaps with chlorides,
lye, or bleach in them; the chemicals may remove blueing on your barrel.
3. Clean your rifle from the breech end. Place your breech plug and hammer in hot
soapy water or Knight Solvent™. Do not use water to clean triggers for DISC
Extreme, Long Range Hunter, Vision, Big Horn, Wolverine, and TK2000. Only a
solvent should be used to clean these Knight Rifles. The Revolution’s and Knight
Rolling Block’s triggers are attached to the action and can be cleaned with soapy
water and/or solvent. Clean with appropriate material and lubricate sear. Don’t allow
barreled action and other rifle parts to soak in soapy water or solvents for extended
4. Use a Knight Range Rod or a ramrod with a Knight Bullet Starter™ handle and an
attached cleaning jag. With the muzzle still in the hot soapy water, place a patch over
the rear of the receiver and push into the barrel. Scrub the bore vigorously to completely
remove all foreign matter, powder residue, and fouling. Repeat this as many
times as necessary to get a clean bore.
5. Thoroughly scrub and clean the breech plug threads in the receiver. A tooth brush,
bottle brush, or bullet starter with adapter and 20 gauge shotgun brush work well for
6. Using a toothbrush or pipe cleaner, thoroughly clean the receiver, hammer, breech
plug, trigger and other components of all residues, fouling, etc.
7. Thoroughly dry all metal surfaces and generously lubricate your rifle inside and out
using Knight oil™ with rust inhibitor.
8. Reassemble your muzzleloader according to the instructions in your model’s section of
Care and Cleaning
Knight Rifles, American Made muzzleloaders.