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Old 12-01-2012, 07:18 PM   #11
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I use the hoppes coated one piece rods. Steel might be good for the military, but it won't go in my bores.
I like the Dewey coated rods as well. But bare steel is perfectly safe. I vuse both coatred and bare steel regularly.
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Same here. I have a steel rod that was made by my old buddy, a smith, and the customer never picked it up. It gets used on really bad bores. 99.9% of the time I use an Otis system. But there is always a nasty bore that needs a good ridged rod to scrub it clean. I also have used outers foaming. The Otis cable system just is not practical as the foam needs to be pushed out.

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I have seen a number of ruined military rifles that were cleaned with a steel rod. The rifling was gone near the bore from cleaning with a steel rod. This was the most common fault with SKS and AK rifles that flooded gun shops in the 80's. You could buy em for $50 each but you had to go check them carefully to leave with a functioning and accurate rifle.

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I have seen a number of ruined military rifles that were cleaned with a steel rod. The rifling was gone near the bore from cleaning with a steel rod. This was the most common fault with SKS and AK rifles that flooded gun shops in the 80's. You could buy em for $50 each but you had to go check them carefully to leave with a functioning and accurate rifle.
They weren't ruined by STEEL rods, they were ruined by JOINTED rods.

Read Fred Sinclair's information on bore cleaning. (Fred is one of the foremost bench rest authorities)
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