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Do you use a bore guide when cleaning your rifles?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Ironbar, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Just curious. Thanks!
     
  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I prefer BoreSnakes.
     
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  3. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Better just to clean from the chamber if your weapon allows that, or use rubber coated Dewey rods or a bore snake. Bad thing about the snake for the field is it can't drive out a stuck case
     
  4. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I use both boresnakes or a polymer coated cleaning rod, depending on what I want to do, and always from the breach.
     
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  5. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I sometimes use a snake at the range, but normally use a bore guide when utilizing a cleaning rod.
     
  6. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've used aluminum rods for years and haven't worn out a barrel yet.:paranoid:

    Just wipe them off every time you pull them through.:thumbup:

    Screw-on Plastic bottles, Rubber Gloves and Teflon rod guides...Give Me A Break!!!:bluelaugh::bluelaugh:

    That crap just makes Larry Potterfield richer...:funnypoint:

    Jack...:cool:
     
  7. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    While I tend to do boresnakes these days, if I'm using a rod I do like using something to protect chamber and ramp. Especially with any of the higher end or more expensive long range rifles.
     
  8. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    The only problem with aluminum rods is they are very poor for driving out a stuck case.. this is why mliltary rods are steel
     
  9. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sorry don't mean to Hi Jack the Ops thread.;)

    Never had a case stick in the chamber.:paranoid:
    I use "S" dies and every round I reload goes through a chamber die.:thumbup:

    Jack...:cool:
     
  10. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    Better safe than sorry.

    Bore guides prevent damage to the crown and also the chamber.

    I use J Dewey products.
     
  11. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    It happens.. not having one along stopped cold our forest test run of my gal's new AR15 build.. turned out to be a bad barrel. In the field in a "scenario" you basically have a club
     
  12. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    OK...OK...

    I'll admit it. I do carry a GI rod and stuck case remover in the stock well.:cartman:

    Jack...;)
     
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  13. Aero Denezol

    Aero Denezol Salem Active Member

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    I used a bore guide in the chamber when I had a scoped bolt-action rifle (30-06). I shot a lot of soft points and they fouled the bore pretty good... That was a precision rifle. For chrome lined bores in my sporting rifles I just use a bore snake & CLP, as I only shoot FMJ out of those.
     
  14. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    No bore guide I clean my bores from the other end
     
  15. Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Lower Yakima Valley Well-Known Member

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    Most often I use a boresnake. If I don't use the boresnake, I use an Otis flex cable for pulling patches. Using a cleaning rod is third option.
     
  16. Otter

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I use a bore guide. I have two Lucas bore guides with the inserts and they work great. I also have 3 Sinclair bore guides and they have more slop where the rod enters the guide, but can't say the Lucas guides are that much better. I have 5 guides because a good one is custom fitted to the dimensions of your chamber.

    If you are not using a guide you are doing damage to your barrel each time you clean with a rod. You may never notice it though if the rifle is not all that accurate, meaning capable of shooting in the 1/2 inch range or smaller. Cleaning from the muzzle is the worst thing you can do by the way. That is a sure way to damage the crown, and if the crown is screwed up, you will never get really good groups.

    For those of you that only use a bore snake, you should try this. Clean with a bore snake how you normally do. Then clean it the proper way with a guide, good rod, tight fitting patches and a quality bronze brush. You won't believe how much crap the bore snakes leave behind. Does it really matter? It does in an accurate rifle, but again if the gun isn't capable of small groups to begin with, a proper cleaning isn't going to fix it.

    I also use rubber gloves. If I don't my fingers tingle for hours afterwards. Any solvent capable of removing carbon and copper is going to be strong enough you don't want that stuff on your hands.
     
  17. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Difficult to do with an M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M14, Mini 14, Mini 30, etc...
     
  18. feconn

    feconn Skamania Co. Washington Member

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    Nope.
     
  19. North Bender

    North Bender King County Member

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    Not many people are crazy enough to own an $1,800 rifle with a $350 scope. But I have one. My hobby is trying to make the most accurate rounds I can for this setup. Do I use a bore guide? Hell yes, if it might help protect this gear I don't mind the few dollars extra.

    Lucas bore guide, Tipton rod.