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What do you guys use to clean your rifle barrels? I have heard that cleaning rods will ruin the barrel. What else would you use then if cleaning rods damage the barrel?
 

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ive always used a cleaning rod maybe someday ill try a boresnake but rods have been used forever and i dont they wouldve lasted this long if they ruined barrels just my .02

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Even with a rod,you need to use a bore guide. Damage while using cleaning rods, usually comes from the rod not being centered in the bore. If I had a lever gun, I'd probably use the boresnake. I don't like run a rod down a rifle barrel from the front. You'll bugger up the riflings and crown,destroying your accuracy.


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clayshooter25/25 said:
What do you guys use to clean your rifle barrels? I have heard that cleaning rods will ruin the barrel. What else would you use then if cleaning rods damage the barrel?
I use a Dewey 1 peice cleaning rod. I have a bore guide for one rifle that I also use. I've given up on the sectioned rods. The seams on the rod catch on the crown (for those that can't be put through the breech end).
 

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I have been using......... a WOODEN dowel rod.

and I find it superior!!!!

well, thats for patch pushing anyway. Will use a nylon brush on a Dewey or my other cheaper rod, but I dont use the brush that often.

Now I wad up a patch or piece of cloth and push with the dowel, it really has made things so simpler,and works better, not to mention cost effective.

no stuck rods/jags. no "small" pieces of patch to fit a jag, can use more patch. if it gets stuck, push out from other end, start over.
no longer do I scrape metal to metal in the 22' calibers, no more pieces of red stuff from the rod.
Keep 2 sizes for the calibers that I use.

try it you will like it.
 

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Re: re: POLL-Rifle Cleaning Method

huntswithdogs said:
Even with a rod,you need to use a bore guide. Damage while using cleaning rods, usually comes from the rod not being centered in the bore. If I had a lever gun, I'd probably use the boresnake. I don't like run a rod down a rifle barrel from the front. You'll bugger up the riflings and crown,destroying your accuracy.


HWD
FWIW, a Marlin lever gun is easy to remove lever and breech bolt.
Just one Screw.
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I have never ruined anything on a gun where a cleaning rod is concerned. How can a aluminum or even a brass rod hurt the rifling of a barrel :roll: . I have cleaned my guns the same way for years and not once has accuracy been hurt
 

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Exactly 8 pointduck- as long as you wipe the rod clean of dirt and grit before and after use, how can a soft metal like aluminum hurt a steel barrel? The bore guide is a good idea, after that I think there is little to be gained. All this hype is an effort to sell us more stuff we don't need when we are perfectly capable of buying stuff we don't need on our own. :wink:
 

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I use a full lenght carbon fiber rod from Tipton.After lapping the bore I never use bronse bristle brushes any longer on that rifle.I use a nylon bristle brush and clean from the breech if bolt gun,others I use a brass bore guide(5.95 each)from the muzzel.Drop-Shot
 

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Re: re: POLL-Rifle Cleaning Method

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I have never ruined anything on a gun where a cleaning rod is concerned. How can a aluminum or even a brass rod hurt the rifling of a barrel :roll: . I have cleaned my guns the same way for years and not once has accuracy been hurt
It's not the rifling, but the crown that gets buggered up Water cuts rivers from rock over time. That's why bore guides are a good thing.

I use a rubber coated rod and/or clean from the breach.
 

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8point I was told that a soft metal rod like brass or aluminum leaves behind a tiny tiny residue that mixed with heat comes out with the bullet and could take away from accuracy.It may not be true and we both know I'm no sniper,I shoot ok but not like some of the guys on this site,so I could not say my carbon fiber rod is better but it gives me confidence and thats pretty important.There is a video from A G I that I bought and they show how to properly clean rifles and they feel it's important for the rod not touch the lands and grooves,I think it's AGI institute.They have viedos on every thing and gun cleaning is one that I have.Do you know any benchrest shooters?They get disappointed if they shoot 1/2 groups,I would love to shoot 1/2 inch groups.There is a web site on benchrest shooters and you can ask that question about cleaning and get a reply.Drop-Shot
 

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Come on wwb and gwp4ever ,Luv2safari join in and give us advice on proper gun cleaning.Drop-Shot
 

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I would love to shoot 1/2 inch groups.
DS,

I'm going to give you the secrete to shooting 1/2 groups every time.

First buy a 50 cal rifle. Shoot 1 shot then change the target.

Follow similar steps for smaller group sizes. I'm working on .17 groups at the moment.
 

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You don't know how many times I have heard THE experts say" use a jag and not a patch puller" because a pp will scratch the rifling if it hits it. Now I can say that in all my years of shooting and making sure my barrels are clean, acccuracy as not been a problem.I just bought a new high dollar stainless steel cleaning rod to go with my coated steel one. People come to me when they want there gun cleaned so that should tell you something.
 

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I used to use a screw together aluminum rod and while pushing and pulling one day the rod came unscrewed due to rifle twist on a 308 rem 700 and I was afraid when I used another rod to push(coated steel)the section out that I left a burr some where,cause I use a tight patch.I lapped the barrell but that gun only shot 150 gr well.After that I shot it a few times.Also, what if the experts are right?I have gone to seminars put on by NRA and the one I missed was on gun cleaning.I did get to one in Baton Rouge where a active benchrest shooter put on a seminar on proper reloading for accuracy.I go by what others have said about proper gun cleaning and thats what I do,mabe you are right and they are wrong but just in case,I'll use my way just in case.Drop-Shot
 
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