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Clyde



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PostSubject: Never use plastic cleaning equipment   April 23rd 2017, 12:28 pm

I was doing a light cleaning of my Marlin m-7 and my plastic patch loop broke off at the threads, so i took a one piece cleaning rod and pushed it into the bore in the same direction action to muzzle till I felt it swallow the loop and gently pushed it out.

Two questions is there any way I could have damaged my barrel and what does everybody else use if they have a similar situation arise?
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PostSubject: Re: Never use plastic cleaning equipment   April 23rd 2017, 1:58 pm

I don't see how a plastic anything or an aluminum or brass cleaning rod can hurt a modern steel barrel. Modern steel is harder and more durable than either aluminum or brass. However, a fiberglass rod may be able to do slight scratching since it's so abrasive.

I try to use only brass or aluminum patch holders but do have a few plastic ones due to them coming with cleaning kits. I put an aluminum button on the end of the rod and push it out if it has an accessible chamber. Otherwise, I use a worm to remove whatever.

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PostSubject: Re: Never use plastic cleaning equipment   April 23rd 2017, 2:47 pm

Older white loops were actually nylon and quite tough. Still have a bunch dating back around 50 years. The colored plastic ones today?  I've found one good use for them. They make a really nice PING sound when I toss them into the metal garbage can beside my bench.
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