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Is there anything wrong with using a large cotton swab to clean your bore?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Drjones, Aug 24, 2004.

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  1. Drjones

    Drjones member

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    Hi all.

    A while ago I came across a large cotton/synthetic swab thing that screws onto the end of a cleaning rod that I've been using on my 12 ga and I like it a lot.

    I just bought another for my pistols.

    Is there anything wrong with using one of those instead of patches?

    I use a brush first, with CLP of course, then follow up with the swab and more CLP.

    Much easier and more economical than patches.

    Anything wrong with that?


    Thanks!
     
  2. Standing Wolf

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    I'd be skeptical of using a swab that wasn't clean. As long as it's clean, it's probably doing a better job than a single patch.
     
  3. Drjones

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    I do clean it after every time I use it. :)
     
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    Are you referring to a "bore mop" ?

    I've got several but the disadvantage compared to patches is it gets dirty quickly and then you have to clean it.

    I guess they are a alternative way to apply your CLP (or whatever) but I could easily get by without it.
     
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    I use them as a post-cleaning oil applicator. No issue with having to clean them, and they are basically 'pre-oiled' from the prior uses. I just punch the bore and I'm done.
     
  6. Drjones

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    That sounds like what I'm going to start doing!

    Use a patch for the dirt and gunk and then just use the swab for oil.

    Thanks!
     
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