Rod Or Pull Through

Discussion in 'Gun building, Maintenance, and Care.' started by randyt, Sep 8, 2019.

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  1. randyt

    randyt Master Survivalist
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    I've always used a cleaning rod to clean my firearms, breech end if possible.

    The other day I picked up some gun parts and the fell threw in a box of gun misc. With in there is a cleaning kit and instead of a rod it has a chain of sorts for pulling through. This seems handy in a traveling situation.

    any fans of these pull through cleaning systems?
     
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  2. TMT Tactical

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    Hoping to read some replies myself. I have only used rods.
     
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  3. randyt

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    I picked up a hopes bore snake for my 41 swiss, .429 bore. I got it to polish the bore by using turtle wax chrome polish and rust remover. The old 41 swiss has seen better days but a little polish job didn't seem to hurt matters much.

    These bore snakes seem pretty darn handy for wiping out a bore, especially while out in the field. I think I'm going to like it.
     
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  4. CountryGuy

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    I've been using snakes for maybe 10 years now and really like them. I Like that in something like a lever action it's easy to drop the weight down the barrel from the breech end and pull out any loose junk thru the muzzle and not pull it all into the action.

    Otis makes some great flexible kits that have various attachments so if you want to pull a brush or follow it with their patches which have an awesome design feature with some little holes that help the patch to pucker up that really seems to help. I tend to use this more during my full tear down cleaning. I also have one of their smaller round kits, which is about as big around as a 1l water bottle and maybe 4" tall, that I keep in my BOB as part of my weapons maintenance kit.

    On my bore snakes I give a little spray of Ballistol and run it thru 4-6 times after the range and it does a great job getting most of the crud. If you've not looked at them up close the get slightly larger in diameter to give a good fit and along the length there are brass bristles and whiskers that stick out to really help scour.
     
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  5. Dalewick

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    I have a Otis tactical kit with a pull through cable and I love it. I also have several bore snakes that I really like.

    Dale
     
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  6. Snyper

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    Bore snakes are handy for light cleaning and oiling.
    They can't take the place of a good rod for heavy cleaning or removing stuck cases or bore obstructions.
     
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  7. Caribou

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    They all work and work well. It is best to clean from the breach so either the bore snake or the Otis cable makes that easier on many guns. If using a rod a single piece rod is best.
     
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