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Old 09-12-2011, 10:55 AM
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Why would any company make stainless steel bore brushes and rods if they are so bad for the barrel ? I don't understand. Exactly how soft is the bore and rifling and lands on a barrel. I thought heat treated meant strength to keep from easily damaging. Can you really ding the muzzle that easy ? Where's UncleNick to help us all understand unless I'm the only one that doesn't get it. Thank you to all, Not sure if I put this in the correct spot or not, hopefully so.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by fred243 View Post
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:58 PM
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Wondered the same thing repeatedly. Maybe some are just so lazy, they'd rather have a quick clean and wear out their rifling quicker.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:17 PM
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A "stainless" rod can be a good tool if used right. The nature of it is that it won't allow abrasives to embed themselves and scratch your bore as it passes through (if you are mindfull to wipe it clean after every pass?).

A "stainless" brush might not be harder than the bore? Depends on the alloy of both to determine that.

I've been a fan of one-piece stainless rods for a few decades now. I'm also old enough that it would be difficult for folks to change my head about them.

I've never liked "stainless" brushes. Somehow or other ,I own two of them (.357 and .410). I used them for lead removal at one time. I can report no damage to the firearms that I used them on.

I don't even use them anymore due to lack of need.

Mainspring got the money part right.

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Old 09-12-2011, 05:40 PM
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+1 on Cheezywan -

Like the stainless rods for cleaning, but have little use for the several stainless brushes bought many years ago when young and dumb.

Actually, with the modern foam cleaners and solvents, don't hardly use ANY brushes anymore - bronze or nylon bristle. My Hawkeye borescope shows very satisfactory cleanup of lands and grooves, especially that tricky collection area where they meet. But, that's just my method. Yours may vary.
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