Originally Posted by John_Deer
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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