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Old 03-11-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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