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Covering cleaning rods

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by harrold68, Sep 17, 2010.

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  1. harrold68

    harrold68 TS Member

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    I would like some feedback on using auto heater hose to cover aluminum shotgun cleaning rods. The ID is 3/8" and the OD is 5/8". You wouldn't need to be as worried about guiding the rod into the bore, and the hose is solvent resistant. Any problems?
    Harry
     
  2. gary0920

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    Use a good wood rod with brass fittings. No worries.
     
  3. mixer

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    I don't think an aluminum rod would cause any issues as it's softer than steel.


    Eric
     
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    Abrasive particles get embedded on outside of hose and scratch the bore. HMB
     
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    For Shotguns?? I'd use a hickory branch and lichen moss...
     
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    I made my own cleaning rod. I bought an oak dowel from Home depot. I drilled a hole in the end. Next I cut off the end of an aluminum cleaning rod and epoxied it in the wooden dowel hole. I got a round wooden ball from the craft store and drilled a hole in it and glued it on the end of the wooden dowel for a nice handle.
    The best cleaning rod I have ever used!!!

    Arnie
     
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    Jim---I'd love to see your hickory branch and moss brush cleaning set-up. PICS???? LOL----Matt
     
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    Get a length of PVC with the proper ID and that will end your concerns. JRM
     
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    If your barrel is getting scratched, etc. by an aluminum or brass cleaning rod, you need to get a different gun. I have several brass cleaning rods made by Johnny Householder (sp?) and they have yet to even put a mark the inside of any of my barrels.... Dan Thome (Trap2)
     
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    Don`t know about an auto heater hose.

    I use a one-piece nylon coated aluminum rod that Dewey makes.

    Regards, Pete
     
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    Jim---I'd love to see your hickory branch and moss brush cleaning set-up. PICS???? LOL----Matt


    Sorry! I just sold my last two to a couple of backwoodsmen named Boone and Crockett....

    Jim
     
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    Jim---Darnit,, i needed one for my musket. What did you get for em anyway a couple a mink pelts and a coon hat?--Matt
     
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    Alum. will not hurt the inside of the barrel but will cause trouble when it lodges between the very tight hinge systems...

    I cured it by drilling a hole just larger than the rod in an empty hull...

    Place the hull on over the rod ahead of the brush , place it in the chamber to keep it centered down the barrel..

    Works well and easy to make..

    Robert
     
  14. porky

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    Go to Home Depot and buy the clear neoprene tubing in the plumbing section and put that on your cleaning rods.
     
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    I honestly do not see how an aluminum cleaning rod is gonna scratch a Steel barrel. Am i missing something here? I mean on the hardness scale there is no comparison between the two. Heck i've used those SS Tornado brushes before and have not scratched my barrel. Is it scratching the barrel or rubbing the blue off on the outside of the barrel?----Matt
     
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    Please explain the "heater hose" tool.
     
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    Matt- You overlooked a major disadvantage of the aluminum rods. Every time I clean my barrels with an aluminum rod, I go out and miss a couple of birds in the next handicap event I shoot. The correlation between aluminum rod cleaning and missing a few handicap birds the next time I shoot handicap is 100%.

    Pat Ireland
     
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    Yeah Pat--I need some of whatever you are smoking....SMOKIT
     
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    If what "Pat" says is true, it would certainly explain my caps scores.--Matt
     
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    So what? A scratch in the bbl. is meaningless!!
     
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