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In order to avoid the theoretical muzzle wear associated with the use of a conventional cleaning rod, used, of course, with a muzzle guide, I am considering a pull-through type device for routine bore cleaning. I would appreciate any suggestions or observations regarding its use. Thanks!
 

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I use an OTIS kit, always have and probably always will. Never had any issues with it and I've been using one for about 7 years.
 

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If you are using this for a detailed cleaning in a controlled environment, then the Otis should work well for you.

However, I personally find the Otis system to be overly expensive and complicated, with the various attachments, bottles and patches. Additionally, if you happen to expend your supply of their specially cut patches, you will find it very difficult to utilize/modify a square patch.

For a simpler and less expensive field kit, I prefer a Boresnake and a bottle of solvent.

Simply apply solvent to the brush end, and then pull through the barrel.

Repeat until clean.

It can even be accomplished in the dark with cold, wet hands.
 

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I like the compactness and operation of the Otis, but it does not beat the fit of a jag and patch. I don't feel like i am getting enough contact with their patch set up.
On a side note, how can a cleaning rod that is softer than the barrel cause wear?
 

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I like the kit made by Dewey.
 

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pull through cleaning

If you plan on going with any of the kits mentioned above, check out the listings on e-bay. That is where I bought my otis kits and I found them to be less money there than else where.
 

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If you plan on going with any of the kits mentioned above, check out the listings on e-bay. That is where I bought my otis kits and I found them to be less money there than else where.
I just got the Otis 7.62/5.56 sniper kit on E-bay from Military outlet. $30.80 + $4.92 shipping.
When you run out of Otis patches, use 3"x3" Southern Bloomers cotton shotgun patches. Pierce with a knife just off center and pull a corner through the loop like a round Otis patch. That's what I do.
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+1 on the Otis kit. You can also get the combo kit that includes all calibers. One good thing about the Otis cable is that they don't strip out on you and they are extremely strong. Every once in a while I get too much patch and don't notice it until it is just far enough where I can't go back; however, the Otis will pull it through without any issues. I cut my own patches out of misguided gifts and other stuff. That way I can always tell the person who gave it to me, "Gee, you wouldn't believe how much use I got out of the shirt you gave me." Just yesterday I heard my wife saying, "I can't find any of the pillow shams." Awe crap, is that what those were? DI2
 

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... would it be bad to clean the barrel with a boresnake?
This is how I do it...

I usually brush it out with solvent (Dewey rod, brass brush), then clean up the rest of the gun while the barrel sits full of solvent, and then pull the boresnake through. Done.

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I'm in to field servicable stuff so I like the Otis, personally. Art Luppino pointed out to me that if you pull at an angle that is not in line with the bore you are still liable to wear the crown. Maybe not as quickly as a rod, but who knows?

I use a guide over the regular GI type FH and am careful to keep the Otis in the middle of the four prongs on my SEI as the muzzle guide I have wont fit over the SEI Vortex.

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I have used many different methods, These days I use the Otis system, easy enough and effective. Also compact and easy to pack around in the field.
 

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Pull throughs..

In order to avoid the theoretical muzzle wear associated with the use of a conventional cleaning rod, used, of course, with a muzzle guide, I am considering a pull-through type device for routine bore cleaning. I would appreciate any suggestions or observations regarding its use. Thanks!
Stay away from them. Art
 

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i use a boresnake for all my guns. it works great. i pull it through 2 times and wam bam thank you mam, its done. great for cleaning right after or before use of your gun. if your bore hasnt been cleaned in a while i would run a patch through first.

thumbs up for the boresnake IMO.
 

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I've used these:

Otis - Good kit. Sturdy. No complaints, except maybe the special patches.

Bore snake - Simple. I keep a .22, .30 and .45 bore snake in my range bag. Good for touch ups between "real" cleanings.

Patch worm (commercial version of weed eater line) - Lightweight, compact, inexpensive, uses standard patches or felt scrubbers. No brush though. Works great for .22s. I haven't used it much with jacketed centerfire ammo yet.
 

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For in the field/range use, I've used a variety of pull throughs. For at home use I'll use a one piece Dewey Rod/bore guide, and clean from the chamber to the bore. For a cheap pull-through, look at GPC's WW2 brass 30cal. pull through made for the Garand. $1.50 @, and a piece of history also. dozier
 
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