I prefer to use carbon fiber rods as opposed to coated rods. the coating will embed and wear out. I also HIGHLY recommend jags instead of slotted tips. NEVER clean from the muzzle-lest you destroy the crown. I use brass jags and bronze brushes (sparingly).
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A jag will also provide full contact of the patch all the way around the bore with no gaps like you get using a slotted patch holder. It gives you a tighter fit of the patch in the bore, and will "scrub" deeper into the rifling grooves. Some jags are designed to wrap the patch around them, and you can "adjust" how tightly it fits in the bore by using larger/smaller patches or more/less wraps around the jag.