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Old August 30th, 2010, 09:34 AM   #1
 
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Cleaning rods

So will a coated cleaning rod really save me crown?
I'm going to get the barrel on my 10/22 redone and I don't want any damage on the crown. What is the best way to save it?
I have a guide, but it doesn't do much good.



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Old August 30th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #2
 
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i bought a bore snake (ebay$15) a few weeks back & it is awesome. should have bought one years ago. its a little tricky too feed the leader into the breech on 10/22 & markIII but works great. i bought rifle style (works on my pistols too) & it fits in .22, .223, 5.56, 270.
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I have and use a snake, but I like to run a patch or two through it and I also like being able to use a rod.

I just don't want to ruin my crown!
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Old August 31st, 2010, 02:35 AM   #4
 
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Buy a Tipton carbon fiber rod.
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An aluminum rod will take care of it. The steel in the barrel is many many times as hard as the aluminum, so if you mess up and put a large side pressure on it, the aluminum shaves off. Brass rods are also quite effective.
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i have a nice cleaning kit with brass rods too that i use on my larger calibers but soo many people have said not to use it on 22's that i stopped. i suppose in theory the brass is much softer than the barrel that it should be irrelevant as far as damage or wear to it.
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I have and still use an aluminum cleaning rod. The secret is use an aluminum patch holder. Aluminum, as everyone has stated will not scratch steel; however a steel tip will!
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Brass rods and attachments. People have been using them for over a century without harming their barrels. Mine are Dewey brass and I highly recommend them.
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I use an OTIS cleaning kit. Had one since they first came out and have not experienced any problems.

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I was reading one time about bench rest target .22 rimfires and how a barrel had to be rotated in cleaning because if you didn't the rod would always "bounce" off the same spot in the crown and cause the rifle to be inaccurate. These are the same types of folks who have 24x scopes and probably change out their barrels more often than I use up a roll of toilet paper.

Sorry, but I just don't buy into that level of accuracy. I think that most of us would be okay with any rod that wasn't as hard as the barrel steel. Aluminum, carbon fiber, and brass rods all get the nod from me. I think it's more important to keep the rod clean as that's where abrasion would have a negative impact.

One thing to watch, though, as you run a rod through it is to be carefull on your pull back through. I usually guide the brush or jag at the crown to keep the joint from hitting (read slamming into) the crown hard or at all. I think this is the most common cause of crowns getting out of shape other than dropping the gun on the crown.

Just my opinion. YMMV.
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I always clean from the breech and never pull patches back thru. No way to damage crown that way. I use a coated boar tech rod.
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I use an Otis kit also (great for travel) and have an aluminum rod that I sometimes use with nylon tips fror jags/patch holders.
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The secret is use an aluminum patch holder.
What about a plastic patch puller? That's what I've been using on my .357 & .38 revolvers & twice so far on a 9mm. Shockingly sturdy, even when pushing or pulling a really snug patch through a bore. I was afraid plastic would break, but it's holding up just fine after more than a year of use. Can't get any softer than plastic.
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Old December 13th, 2010, 04:22 AM   #14
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Buy a Tipton carbon fiber rod.
That's what I bought for my .357 & .38 and am now using on a 9mm as well.

I was going to buy one for my MK III, but then I read some reviews and noticed some customers complain about how very thick it is. I took a look at the Tipton rod at Cabela's which they expect to fit in a .22 bore and it's just barely thinner than .22 ammo! One hell of a tight fit it would be.

Tipton makes a thinner rod for .17 caliber pistols, but it doesn't have the 8/32 threads found on things like the .22 patch puller or jag one will want be using on their .22 gun.
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Cheapest and non damageing rods that I have found are wood dowel rods. I like them for my shotgun barrels also.
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