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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-09-2018, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Brushes, swabs, and patches -cleaning

I'm looking for some input on cleaning. I've always done your standard warm to hot water flush and patches then a light rem oil lube patch to keep rust at bay..i did bore butter before but heard different stories as to good or bad.

My question is what is the value and ideas behind the copper, brass and nylon brushes as well as the puffy cloth swab? What exactly are each for? Are those for neglected barrels or good to do every so often or?
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Not really needed....but shouldn't hurt anything.

I've ran brushes on heavy fouling. But typically run a few patches after my last shot on the range to avoid a heavy cleanup at home.

I use brushes to get into patent breeches found on most factory guns. A normal jag won't fit into it..
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I would only use nylon brushes, The copper of brass ones will not reverse so easy and could get stuck in barrel. If you get a metal brush stuck and cant pull it, use a pliars or vise grip and turn it as you are pulling. Be sure you are turning it and not unscrewing it or you will have a difficult time trying to get the brush back on the rod
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Honestly you shouldn't even use a brush in a muzzleloader, for the simple reason that you can get them stuck pretty easily. really all you should need is hot water, and patches and that should be enough to get the gun clean.

I get lead deposits in my shotgun barrel from the shot leaving the bore, but even then all I use is solvent and patches. It takes a few applications to get the lead out but a brush would not get it out any quicker IMO.
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I'd stay away from any petroleum based oils in a muzzleloader unless you clean before you shoot.They create a tar when burned.
I don't use a brush in any of mine.Simple swabbing/pumping with the patch and water.

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