A bore snake isn't expensive.....and you need both [snake and rod]Yes, it's just that buying both doesn't appeal to my sense of thriftiness.
anyway, as they perform different tasks as tools do.
The snake is much better for a lever gun on a regular use basis
because it pulls the crud away from the breach, to help keep
your action clean.....whereas a rod will push towards the action.
[if you don't take it completely down for average cleaning]
Also, you should have a 'rod guide' to keep the cleaning rod
centered in the muzzle while cleaning. They too are cheap.
[especially if your cleaning rod isn't coated]
I have a Rossi 92, also a Browning 92, and a Marlin 1894C
They are all sweet, and feed everything well. [all are .38/.357]
Sometimes picky with wadcutters I load....but you will most
likely never have that problem.....and you ain't 'spose to use
Just remember about the different ammo.......before you get
frustrated and start trying to sight it in, adjusting, cussing, etc.
I sight in with .357 158grain ammo, then I leave the sights alone.....
When I shoot the .38's or the .357 125grain I just compensate,
they don't shoot the same, and you will be there all week trying
to hit where you want if you keep moving the sight for the ammo.
[yet, I do keep one of mine sighted for the .38's .....I load a lot
of them for some of my Smith's]
Sight yours in for what you will shoot mostly.....
and a .38 is not too shabby of a round with that
length of barrel.