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What size cleaning jag for a 44/40 rifle

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I broke my 45 sized jag for my 44/40 rifle and thought I would try a 44 sized jag and it was to large. I bought another 44 jag and same issue being too large. I replace my 45 jag with a new one that fits. Why does a 45 jag work but not a 44 sized jag. Am I thinking wrong or what. Thanks for any insight. DC

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Just a guess but they were in the wrong package.   44 is what I use.

 

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Rather than a brass jag, I like to use a patch over a brush.  The flexible bristles give a lot of leeway.  You can swab out a .38 bore with patch over a .45 nylon bristle bore brush.

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I use whatever I can find that fits, in this case...folding the patch until it is thick enough to work. I also use the patch over brush like J-bar!!!
However, mine are stamped 10/40 (10mm/40Cal)

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Edited by Savvy Jack
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Howdy

 

I never use a jag.

 

I use a bronze brush, followed by patches soaked in my favorite Black Powder solvent placed in the slotted end of a cleaning rod.

 

For Smokeless you can use whatever Smokeless solvent you liked.

 

For 44-40 I always use a bronze brush labeled as 44-45 caliber. It does not really matter.

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The ones that I use are labeled for 44.  If it doesn’t fit, I’d suggest chucking the threaded end in an electric drill and reducing the diameter with a file.

 

On the better jags, the diameter is tapered with the larger end being toward the front (opposite the threaded end.). That allows the patch to fold into creases as it goes into the bore.

 

(I use a patch with a brush too when the fouling is really bad.)

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44 caliber jags fit my 44-40 73s.  Just like they should.   Usually a problem with a jag "not fitting" is caused by the shooter selecting patch material that is too thick or too large.   The patch should usually not be more than twice the diameter of the bore of the gun.   Extra patch material folds back over the entire jag and makes it too large to fit the bore.  If you are cutting your own patches, make the patches smaller.

 

Jags are made to ensure a TIGHT patch fit - this helps polish out even small fouling particles and pull out lead sticking in the grooves.   A patch on a brush exerts much less pressure on the barrel and won't clean as well. 

 

Good luck, GJ

Edited by Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

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Posted (edited)

Have you checked the jag diameter with a caliper?  Compared it with your old one? Wrong packaging occurs more often than most folks would think.  

Edited by Dusty Devil Dale

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