Re: Muzzleloader question
+1 on using a rod guide with a steel rod. Aluminum rods tend to get grit embedded in them. Turns them into a fine abrasive. But you could use them with a rod guide.
Now I have a question. How can you use a bronze brush on a muzzle loader. Seems to me take the brush would "lock" when you try to pull it back out. Or are you talking about using a brush with a open breech? I just use a Jag with a patch and hot soapy water.