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    breech plug stuck hard.

    Hi guys. I have a thompson inline muzzleloader that I didnt take care of. I went to clean it and I cant get the breech plug out. I had a small wrench provided by TC and It broke. So I soaked it in wd 40 and came back an hour later. no better. So I read on different forums that you pour hot water down the barrel and wait 15 minutes. tried that. Broke the male tip off a socket adapter.

    Any suggestions that help me get the plug out would be much appreciated.

    thanks
    PD

    ps it is righty tighty lefty loosey yes?

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    Plugged good...

    You should plug the primer hole (inert primer?), then put some Liquid Wrench or Kroil in to soak, these are better penetrating oils than WD-40 -- maybe warm up the breech area with a blow dryer too, and use a rawhide or plastic mallet to whack the side of the breech a few times to loosen any crud and get the oils to fully penetrate.

    On my Omega, I NEVER tighten the plug "snug", I always back it off a hair, and check it (back it off some, them snug, then back a hair) every 5 or so rounds at the range. Then I "gorfot" to do that the other day, and fired about 10+ rounds -- had to put a 1/2" ratchet with a 12" handle + 24" "cheater bar" (length of pipe on it) to brake it loose.

    Hope these ideas work for you, and don't forget to do as T/C says and lube both the internal threads AND the plug itself with their awesome BP lube.

    Good luck!

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    Do they use buttress threads in those plugs?

    If I recall correctly, one of the characteristics of buttress threads is they are easier to unscrew.
    Trouble is, these jerkwads can pass dumb, self-serving, agenda-driven stupid laws much faster than we can beat them down in the courts. And they're well aware of that.

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    I'd rather listen to you guys than the finest gentlemen on earth! used liquid wrench and the cheater bar with a new adapter and it worked.

    thanks much no 7

    now i got to get me some lube for the threads.

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    Yes, TC's super lube is the best development for inline muzzleloaders that I've found. Works GREAT!

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    Success!!!

    Great -- GLAD it worked for ya and THANKS for letting us know!

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    Had some luck once by applying some dry ice to a stuck breechplug ; the cold shrunk the breechplug just enough for me to break it loose. Glad you got your problem sorted out!
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