I just bought a Hoppes 3 piece steel cleaning rod, my other one has worn out. I definitely can notice that where the rods join there is a slight lip. I’ve browsed other forums and most say to avoid steel cleaning rods, but wouldn’t they be made of a softer steel than a barrel? Also they say I can scratch my bore with the joints being uneven? Is this really true? military’s have been using piece together rods for ages. I don’t want any wives tales when it comes to this issue I just want the facts. I really don’t wanna damage one of my Mauser’s bores, it wouldn’t even be worth it to replace it.