When I first learned to clean a cap-n-ball revolver, I was taught to pull the nipples and with a patch on a swag, holding the cylinder under water, run the patch up and down in the chamber. This forced the water out through the nipple hole, then pulled in clean soapy water, then forced it out again. Do that a few dozen times in each chamber. Just soaking in the soapy water does not clean the part. You must rub/scrub/agitate.
Nowadays I use an ultrasonic cleaner, with a mixture of 1 part Ballistol to 8 parts water. SOOOO much easier, and does a better job.
This isn't the one I got. They've upgraded with digital, like everything else. I notice this one will only do 8 minutes, max. Mine does an hour. http://www.harborfreight.com/25-lite...ner-95563.html
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy, and taste good with catsup - George of Lod, Year of Our Lord 297
I always take precautions.
Beware the Evil Bullet Fairies.