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Old 11-03-2013, 09:32 PM   #31
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Brushes will not harm your barrels.
Some solvents with ammonia,will damage your bore,if you leave them in the bore for prolonged periods.
Most rods will never damage your bore if used correctly. I use 1 pc stainless steel rods on all of my rifles,but I always clean from the chamber end. If you have to clean from the muzzle end,you need to take care not to damage the rifling at the crown of the barrel.
Aluminum or Brass rods are softer than the steel in your barrel,and cannot damage the rifling.You might shave off small pieces of the rod inside the bore,but when you run patches thru the bore,they should be caught in the patches.
Bore Snakes are a great tool to have in the field,if you need to clear the bore of unwanted debris - dirt,water,snow. But,I would never consider them as a bore cleaning tool,after the first pass,your just dragging a dirty rag through your bore.Your not cleaning it!

I really like the foam cleaners,but I still use a brush on the bore after the foam has worked on the bore for 15-20 minutes,then patch out the bore.If it's still dirty,repeat the process until the barrel is completely clean,then run an oiled patch thru the bore.

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For highly corrosive propellants like blackpowder, mix 2 parts warm water & 1 part Balistol. Balistol emulsifies with water and creates an excellent soapy cleaner. Allow the Balistol/H20 mix to work on surface for 2 -3 minutes then mop bore & parts dry. I will also blow dry them for good measure. Allow warmed parts to sit for a few minutes, then lightly coat with straight Balistol and wipe off excess.

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What do you guys think about nylon brushes?

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What do you guys think about nylon brushes?
certain solvents require you use nylon rather than brass brushes as the solvents can react with them. consult the label and it will tell you if you need to use nylon brushes instead. i own both types.
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What do you guys think about nylon brushes?
I don't bother with them. Maybe they have their place, but I haven't found their place within my applications.
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What do you guys think about nylon brushes?
I love them. They don't need to be a perfect fit like the brass etc. do. You can get into alot more places with them. Basically like using a toothbrush.
I have this one nylon brush that is cone shaped with a fan on the tip of the cone. I can use it for cleaning all sorts of different caliber chambers. I use it for anything from a lever action 22 to 12 gauge pumps. 1 size fits all.
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one of my bore solvents that is used to clean copper fouling specifies using a nylon brush and not to use a brass brush because it will react to the brass and deteriote it.

if in doubt, read the labels. some solvents can't be left for too long in the bore. read the labels.

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What do you guys keep in your gun cleaning kits? What do you find to be the most useful?

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Personally I use a "Blush" brush about 1" dia and with 1½" or so bristles. They are soft and with long bristles and does a good job of reaching into places my hand or a t-shirt won't reach. About $3.00 at Walmart.



I have also used an Artist paint brush about 3/4" side which I also use for my PC keyboard with light oil.

Of course brush the barrel with the rod and copper brush with oil.

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What do you guys keep in your gun cleaning kits? What do you find to be the most useful?
personally everything i buy for cleaning guns has a purpose and use or it wouldn't have been bought to use. everything has it's use and are pretty much dependent upon each other in that respect.
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