Cleaning my rifle

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by gun runner, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    Same savage gun i been talking about here, I dont use brass wire brushes to clean the inside of the barrel instead I use a cotton mop type i guess they call it with an aluminum rod. I was cleaning the inside of the barrel and I could hear like the aluminum rubbing the inside of the barrel. Hmmmmm. I know about the crown not to mess with that and I looked at it and it looks perfect. I wonder If aluminum scratches steel and I wonder if that rubbing sound which Im sure it was the rod, I wonder if it abraised the barrel. Kind of silly question but thought id ask anyways:confused:
  2. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    San Antonio Texas
    I do not know why you do not use a brush but there is nothing wrong with using a brass brush or nylon to clean the barrel of a gun or rifle. If you can shoot full metal jacketed bullets and a tremendous explosion occurs every time you shoot your rifle within the specified limitations of that bullet, I assure you your rifle will be okay. The steel in your barrel is much stronger than the aluminum rod or brass brush and I would not worry about the barrel. But if you still have doubts use weedeater string and a patch.

  3. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Aluminum is softer than steel so no it's not going to hurt it. I don't use brushes much either but brass or bronze are fine, just stay away from stainless steel ones
  4. Charles Christensen

    Charles Christensen New Member

    Nov 13, 2011
    My reply is based on a lot of years in the metal working industry.

    I realize a lot of people have intense feelings about what they stick up their barrels (?) - let me rephrase that:

    A lot of gun people are very careful about what comes into contact with the rifling in their guns. However, gun barrels have been made out of carbon steel of various alloys up to and including stainless steel for a long time with even harder materials like chrome being plated in them. So, unless you are talking about a Damascus steel barrel or VERY old guns there should not be any problem as long as the cleaning rod is made of softer material than the barrel. Materials like wood, brass, bronze and aluminum should not do any damage rubbing in the barrel.

    That being said, I would not recommend over-doing it. Swab it. Check it. If it looks good then oil it.
  5. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    steel hard

    brass pretty soft metal wise

    applying soft to hard wont hurt the hard but you'll go through a few brass brushes over the coming years and that barrel will still be A OK ..

    how it works ( and again stainless brushes stay away from )

  6. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Even stainless steel brushes have their place when dealing with severely rusted barrels. Softer material just won't remove old crud and rust and sometimes not even steel will, but steel brushes have a better chance of cleaning up serious crud where bronze won't do, and the modern favorite, nylon, is a joke.

    (Even nylon is not soft enough for the "delicate barrel" folks; one fellow on another site posted a warning that using nylon brushes would destroy the rifling in an M1 rifle barrel! I wonder how those barrels ever stood up to firing steel jacket bullets.)

  7. CHW2021

    CHW2021 Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    If you want to make life easier on yourself and your barrel(s) use a decent quality copper solvent and follow the manufacturers recommendations. Remove deposits more easily and quickly with less brushing and patching.
  8. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Copper is easy, lead is a bit harder to remove. Ammonia will take more copper out than the best copper cleaners but it takes bluing off instantly.
  9. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    weedeater string? lol :D
  10. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Hey, if it works.:D
  11. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    One thing I haven't noticed anyone mention is that sometimes hard, abrasive stuff can get embedded in a soft aluminum rod. This grit can do some damage.
    Basically, keep the rod clean and it'll be fine.

    Personally, I prefer a good stainless steel rod though. Even though these rods are a similar hardness to the rifle barrel, they are easier to keep clean.
    They're also stiffer than the aluminum rods so there's less chance of bowing the rod so it scrapes against the bore too.
    I have bent a couple of those cheap Hoppes/Outers .22cal aluminum rods in larger bores so I just don't like em.

    As for the brushes...
    No problem with using bronze or nylon brushes. And lik Jim K mentions, if used in the right situation Stainless brushes have their place too.
    The mop is good for slathering on solvent and oil but it's not tight enough to really do any serious scrubbing.
  12. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    I've used good heavy braided dacron fishing line to brew up a makeshift bore-snake before.
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