I used an Outers aluminum rod with a plastic tip to pull a few patches through. Since I've been shooting mostly .44 special lead bullets I also made about two or three passes through the bore with a phosphor bronze brush to clean out any lead fouling. I took a picture of the bore (yes, I have way too much time on my hands
) You can see one of the scratches on the middle land in the picture, its about 3/16" from the muzzle. Nothing serious I guess, I just paniced when I first saw it. But I'm going to be very reluctant to take a metal cleaning rod anywhere near my guns from now on.
How well do those bore snakes work for lead and copper fouling? I've seen them before and they look like a good outfit.