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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Elizabethtown, Pa, USA
Re: Do you use a bore guide?
The question is, why not?
A ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, especially where the cost of a new barrel or a setback/rechamber job are concerned. The throat(lead) takes enough abuse from firing, why add to it using a unguided rod? It makes no sense.
Not only do they help prevent chamber damage they also keep the solvent where it belongs. When a patch enters the bore it tends to squeegee the bore cleaner out especially if one is of the mindset, "If a lot is good, too much is just right" and completely soaks a patch.
That excess bore cleaner has to go somewhere, usually into the chamber, lug abutments and etc. A reasonably well fitted guide helps keep the solvent where you want it and out of the places you don't. Any small amount of excess solvent, dirt and etc then can be removed with a chamber and abutment cleaning tools.