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Old 06-28-2008, 12:20 PM
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Hey All,

My new Remington swift came home today. It looks good, scope is mounted, sling is on, bipod is attached.
However, i was trying to clean it before my first firing, and the brushes etc seemed to take a lot of effort to push through the bore. being conservative with my strength, afraid of causing damage, i could only get it maybe 1/2" into the barrel. Should it be this hard?
In the end i used my dad's brush, a weight attached to some string with a softbristle brush at the end. you drop it in the breech and it slides out the bore, then you pull it. (Like a crude boresnake). i ran that through a couple of times, and it seems a lot easier than the new kit i got.
Also, with the cleaning patches, it came with an attachment with a large "0" at the end, like the head of a needle, except bigger. How do you attach the cleaning patch?

Thanks All,
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Old 06-28-2008, 01:15 PM
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I've run across oversized brushes before. .22 brushes are the worse, as the bristles are too short to flex easily. Use your Dad's brush for now. You thread the patch through the "hole in the needle". If it feels too tight, cut a bit off the edge of the patch and try again.

Is the high quality Parker-Hale cleaning equipment available in Ireland? The only problem with it is that they use a unique thread size and you need an adapter for American brushes.

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Old 06-28-2008, 05:03 PM
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Judging from your post,I suspect that you may have tried to pull the brush back before it was completely past the muzzle.That will jam the brush almost every time.
To get to the bottom of the grooves,the brush must be a little stiff"
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Old 06-28-2008, 05:40 PM
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I like to use a worn out bore brush with a patch wrapped on it. 25 strokes completly thru and completely back with JB non-embedding bore cleaner done four times works wonders for a new bore. Do use a bore guide and do this from the action side of the rifle. Don't know where you can get that over there, but Brownell's gunsmith supply makes and sells it now. That's an old bench rest shooters trick.

That's been my break in procedure for new rifles for lots of years now. Clean with a good bore cleaner after your done with the JB's. You'd be surprised at the gunk that will come out of a new barrel. I do this with any new gun or any used gun that's new to me.
Bob from Idaho
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