Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by mainecoon, Jan 12, 2019.
I now measure the diameter before i use it. A 243 brush should not be larger that a few thousandths. The nylon brush is more forgiving, but may be oversize also.
Keep an eye peeled for fingernail polish sales. Since acetone is usually the release agent for these, they weather things like Mineral Spirits & Hoppes with ease.
I bought a $3 Plano lure box that has 6 sections and used a marker to label each for the caliber. Simple and cheap, I can keep brushes, jags, etc. all in one section.
But, even then, some sort of divided tray makes sense (see tackle box solutions noted above).
Now, I lucked into a closeout of auto body touchup paints at an auto parts store, so I picked up 5-6 contrasting colors. Just a dab above the threaded end is retty handy for sorting out the .32acp items from the .357 bore stuff.
While I had all that out, I put a dab on the trays I use in my toolbox with drawers so that they all match.
The possibilities are as endless as imagination.
I have a comadre who winds wire on the bit, with the number of turns (and type of wire) keeping them together. (He's also some sort of microsoldering magician who makes that work look easy, too)
I don't understand why brushes are made oversized unless it's poor quality control or not understanding how a cleaning brush works. It's the tips, not the sides of the bristles, that do the work.
Necessity. Copper-bronze brushes erode from contact from copper solvent cleaners. Made oversize, there is more use out ofthem until they shrink down to less than bore diameter.
Makes it easy to tell a .264 from a .277 and a .323 from a .338 when your eyes are aging like mine are .
Sure there is; calipers. Diameter +(2x) patch thickness should be slightly more than actual groove diameter. Some of us old guys 'eyeball it', and the method I mostly use is to keep the jag on the rod used for that caliber, because you'll run the jag down the bore before the brush anyway, and reattach it to store when done.
BTW, do not throw out your old undersized bore brushes--they can be used with a patch for example for something like JB Bore bright or to handle cleaning solvents/oil patches. Avoid plastic jags for obvious reasons--they are cheap for a reason. If you prefer using certain bore cleaners, you might also want to invest in a set of nylon bore brushes that are impervious to most if not all copper removal solvents.
Thanks for a quick tip Entropy on using calipers. Occasionally my fishing tackle box storing this stuff has got turned over which requires resorting this stuff. You just made it easier as my eyeball Mk. 1 measuring device is a bit wobbly now.
The big 'uns are .45-44
The middle ones are .38-9mm
The itty-bittys are .22
Everything else is .30
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