Mel Wright markets
gun cleaning invention from Henry Co.
Helen E. McKinney
EMINENCE, Ky. (Sept. 2002) An estimated 6 million
people hunt with muzzleloaders.
Melvin Wright of Pleasureville, Ky., is one of those hunters. He developed
a muzzleloading product that John Hoffman of Pendleton believed in.
Along with Hoffmans wife, Terry, the trio has turned their ideas
into a marketing success.
A booming demand for a muzzleloading cleaning product led Hoffman and
Wright to distribute their Old Kentucky Two-Ball Cleaner on a local
scale to Wal-Mart, Cooks Pharmacy in Eminence and area hunting
stores. Wright has worked at Cooks for 20 years.
Wright with his display
Hoffman said Wright invented the formula, and they pursued
a patent. At first they began to sell the product on a smaller scale,
setting up a booth at Drennon Days in New Castle to get some attention.
Then their big break came in 1998 at a trade show in Atlanta. Hoffman
said this four-day show was one of the largest trade shows in
The show was only open to dealers, so the trio took a chance at setting
up a booth and providing a demonstration on their product. The best
they hoped for was some positive reaction to their product, if the demonstration
went off without a hitch.
They were approached by a scout from Remington Inc., and asked to consider
letting Remington market their bore cleaner nationally under the Remington
Six months later, Hoffman said they heard from Remington. Remington
now distributes the product under a private label with the name Vortex.
Big-name hunting suppliers, such as Cabelas and Bass Pro, sell
it. Locally, the bore cleaner kept its marketing name of Old Kentucky
When Wright first devised this bore cleaner, he said there was, nothing
out there to clean muzzleloaders, other than soap and water.
This latter cleaning method is slow and is one that can actually damage
the bore if not done correctly. The alternative, modern cleaning solvents,
usually do a poor job of combating the rust and corrosion prevalent
Having hunted with a muzzleloader for years, Wright knew exactly what
he was looking for in a cleaner.
Old Kentucky Two-Ball Solution is a cleaner that completely removes
and clarifies all blackpowder and Pyrodex fouling while leaving that
all-important seasoning in the bore, he said.
Wright said he was looking for a cleaner that was compatible with this
seasoning process. Blackpowder barrel steel is similar to cast-iron
skillets, which when used years ago, where rubbed with grease and then
heated to season them. Once washed with detergent, the skillets
would rust and become useless.
Hoffman and Wright stand behind their product, guaranteeing satisfaction
or your money back. One of the best things about their product is the
fact that it is reusable for up to eight to 10 times, said Hoffman.
Terry Hoffman said people who have tried their bore cleaner keep coming
back. Melvins a creative guy, she said.
Hoffman and Wright also manufacture a conical bullet, which Wright hand
casts one at a time. The Accu-Check hunting bullet is available in .50
or .54 caliber. Wright has taken muzzleloading to a whole new level
with this development.
Terry said he has designed a bullet that will appeal to anyones
needs. This unique bullet comes in three different types for the
A lot of people like sabots, said Terry, so their bore solution
is also designed to eliminate sabot leftovers. Also on the market is
their Accu-Lite bullet, which is a lighter version of the Accu-Check,
designed to duplicate the most popular sabot weights without the problems
sabots can cause.
After five years in the business, Wright said their product was, Absolutely
the most accurate on the market.
Wright is a gunsmith, a trade handed down to him from his father. It
took him a long time to learn how to make bullets, so each bullet he
makes has to meet his own required specifications. Numerous tests have
been performed on his bullets to make sure they can shoot in almost
Until Melvins happy with a product, it doesnt get
released, Terry said.
She has created a website to provide information and for easy purchase
of their products at: www.hoffman-wright.com.
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