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Cleaning rod recommendations?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hometheaterman, Jan 7, 2010.

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  1. hometheaterman

    hometheaterman Member

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    So I need a new cleaning rod. I had a Deweys and I really wasn't impressed. A few weeks after I got it the metal tip thing broke off. I used it without it for a while. The nylon coating also wore off pretty quickly in a lot of spots. Then it bent. So overall I'm not impressed however, I'm also not sure if there is anything better out there or not. That's why I'm asking here. Is there anything better out there? I went by a gun shop today and all they had was a all steel one with no coating and a carbon fiber one. I want one that wont damage the crown or any other part of the barrel. That's my main concern is I do not want to damage the gun. Should I get the carbon fiber one? Or what kind should I get? I'm thinking about checking out Bass Pro and seeing what they have also.

    BTW should I get one of those things that go in the muzzle end of the barrel that the cleaning rod goes through? Do they really help protect the muzzle? Any other things I should buy to help making cleaning the gun easier or to protect the gun more?
     
  2. lopezni

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    get a Tipton carbon fiber, ball bearing cleaning rod, the universal bore guide, and the Tipton jag and brush sets. You can't get a better cleaning kit.
     
  3. dubbleA

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    It puzzles me on how you are using the cleaning rod and damaging it. Are you cleaning from the muzzle? It's possible that you may have to depending on the action type. ie a lever, pump or auto. If so I would still use something as a guide to protect the muzzle and crown. You still must use common sense and help with guiding and keeping the rod straight with the bore. The patch needs to fit snuggly but not overly tight as to require such a force that the rod is bending.

    I've used Dewey's for a long long time. I use Lucas, Outers and Dewey bore guides that fit into the action/chamber and also use the appropiate size rod for the bore I am cleaning. I have 5 different coated rods and have never had a problem with any of them and highly reccomend them.
     
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    Boresnake
     
  5. chevyforlife21

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    what kinds of guns you cleaning? boresnakes are good cuse they dont hurt the riffling i also use cheap rods but wipe them down after every pass
     
  6. TonyDedo

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    I switched over to boresnakes and never looked back. So much easier to use, transport, store, more durable, and better for the rifle.
     
  7. TexasRifleman

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    I too am interested in what you're doing with a cleaning rod to bend it.

    I've got a couple of Dewey's that have held up for many years.

    Get the right diameter rod for the bore size. Sounds like you might be using a rimfire sized rod to clean a .30 cal or something.
     
  8. Rem700SD

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    deweys are decent rods, and shouldn't be showing that kind of damage.

    These guys carry top quality products.
    http://www.sinclairintl.com/prod_detail_list/Cleaning-Rods-Accessories

    Make sure that you are using the right bore guides, and the right patch sizes. My impression is that you are straining too much in cleaning your guns to put that kind of wear on your rods.
     
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    Agreed
     
  10. memphisjim

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    +1 on bore snake
    still need a good rod for some applications
    i.e. gas system on a garand
     
  11. CoRoMo

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    What's always confounded me, is the notion that the steel, that makes up a barrel, is so delicate that it will be damaged or destroyed when you misuse a tool that is made of softer material. While I've never seen such damage, boy is it such a commonly accepted credo that the mere thought of running anything but a boresnake through my guns just terrifies the living poop out of me!:what:
     
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    My Dewey's rods have held up pretty good. Maybe you got the wrong one for your application?
     
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  14. hometheaterman

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    I am cleaning from the muzzle as I can't clean from the other end as it's a semi auto. I'm using a 17 caliber cleaning rod on my .22 and 30-06 both semi autos. The gun shop recommended the .17 caliber one for both guns. I bet it when using it on a shotgun I think was what it was. Not bent much but a little. I think I need muzzle guides. Anyone know if Bass Pro sells those?
     
  15. dubbleA

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    Use the right size tool for the job......

    There in lies the problem, a 17 cal rod is way to small and fragile for a 30 cal bore. Get a 22 cal rod for the .22 and a .27 cal rod for the .30. Doing that will ensure that the correct size brush or jag will fit the rod and the will have different size threads.
     
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    I certainly don't find a one on their website. That's odd, everyone should carry these. I know Cabela's, Midway, Brownell's, etc. all do.
     
  17. hometheaterman

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    Yeah I just looked on their site also and didn't see them. Are they actually called muzzle guides? Or are they called something different?
     
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    2 best investments I have made Is a Tipton 44 inch carbon fiber and and a Mike Lucas bore guide
     
  19. Uncle Mike

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    eh...your....hmmm, how do I say this....eh, your rod is too small! There, I said it!

    A 17 caliber rod is for a 17 caliber bore...nothing else!

    Browse here.

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/cid=4/Products/Gun_Cleaning_-_Chemicals

    oh, and...find another gun shop...that one has some problems!
     
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    The Tipton Carbon Fiber rods are excellent! Highly recommended! As noted above, be sure to use the correct size rod for your bore.
     
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    One thing that may help you in the future is using a bore or muzzle guide and pulling the cleaning implements and patches through rather than pushing them if possible. Attach the brush or insert the patch into the loop once the end of the rod is out the other end and pull it through. Also, don't try to reverse the brush or patch in the bore and make sure you cut your patches to the correct size (prepackeged patches sized for .22 are usually still too big).

    Also, I find that many of the big box stores never bother with carrying bore and muzzle guides for some reason. In fact, I've never found a decent selection of cleaning equipment in any store and always have had to mail order the proper tools...
     
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    yea you cant be useing a 17 caliber rod trying to push a 12 ga brush through the bore thats not gonna be good. its fine for the .22 but you really need to have three different rods.
     
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    "A few weeks after I got it the metal tip thing broke off."
    If you are using a metal fouling solvent in your bore this will also work on that brass tip and your brushes wash them off with soap and water when your done.
     
  25. hometheaterman

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    So I bought two Tipton cleaning rods tonight however, I'm really doubting my decision. $70 is just a lot for cleaning rods. I guess I'm not seeing the benefit of using a bigger one for the 30-06. Why wont the 22 one work? I didn't even buy the brushes and stuff for it. That kit is another $20. Will the brushes from the kits with aluminum rods work? I have quite a few of those brushes.
     
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