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bf109 03-11-2011 04:48 PM

Pistol Cleaning - Jag or Loop on Cleaning Rod?
Hi, I just got a Walther P1 9mm and a Tipton 12" cleaning rod, which does not come with a jag or loop.

When cleaning your pistols, do you use jag or loop on you rod when passing patches thru the barrel? I'll order a 8-32 jag or loop to go with my rod but don't know which way of cleaning of more effective and conventional.

Also, for 9mm pistol, what's the optimal size of patches? I saw Midway has 1-3/4 square ones for 9mm, .357.

Thanks for your help.

lonyaeger 03-11-2011 05:09 PM

I use a jag, otherwise you're just running a dirty patch back and forth.

The size patches you're referring to should work nicely for your 9mm.

ManInBlack83 03-11-2011 05:27 PM

I use both. I use the slotted tip to thoroughly soak the barrel with solvent before running a brush down and I use a jag at the end of the cleaning process.

Doesn't hurt to have both.

lonyaeger 03-11-2011 05:47 PM

I keep patches soaking in solution in a small screw-top container permanently. That way, when I'm cleaning, I always have soaked patches at my fingertips. Push one of those babies through the bore with a jag and it's plenty wet.

Overkill0084 03-11-2011 06:19 PM

Jag tip. Never saw a use for the loop tip. YMMV

CA357 03-11-2011 06:31 PM

What's a loop tip? ;) I only use a jag.

lonyaeger 03-11-2011 06:43 PM

Oh, I just realized I made what I'm sure will be a Freudian Slip. :o

CA357 03-11-2011 06:55 PM

Yeah. I find myself being ultra careful with what I say these days. :o

JonM 03-11-2011 08:15 PM

i use a jag for pistols since its easy to line the dripping wet patch with the bore. i like the loop for rifles to wet the bore it helps keep a lot of solvent out of the reciever and action. always a jag with a clean dry patch.

bf109 03-11-2011 08:27 PM

Thanks much for your quick response. I'll pick up a jag for 12" rod for pistol and a loop tip for my rifles later.

BTW, do you find the BoreSnake handy at the range? For quick cleaning, can I just the Snake at range? Is it an effective way of cleaning?

Not sure if I want to use solvent with the Snake but may use gun oil.

What's your experience? Thanks again.

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