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Three Foot Johnson

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I see this written right on the label of some gun cleaners, why? "Push patches through bore in one direction only", or some variation. It doesn't say from the muzzle or breech, just one direction only. Some of my rifles have tang sights that interfere with cleaning from the breech end, so they get cleaned from the muzzle with a brass bore guide over the rod.

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Many years ago when very bored but stuck on the clock, I read a study about cleaning HF (hydrofluoric acid, nasty stuff) out of a wafer fabrication deposition chamber.

 

It turns out wiping back and forth spreads whatever one is trying to remove, wiping in only one direction removes more contaminant faster.

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John Kloehr - That makes sense - I was thinking along similar lines that it pushed the gunk out the other end so you weren't picking up grit in the material and just scratching it back & forth the length of the bore several times. Probably a lot more prevalent cleaning procedure with bench rest shooters and match barrels. 

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25 minutes ago, Three Foot Johnson said:

John Kloehr - That makes sense - I was thinking along similar lines that it pushed the gunk out the other end so you weren't picking up grit in the material and just scratching it back & forth the length of the bore several times. Probably a lot more prevalent cleaning procedure with bench rest shooters and match barrels. 

Also if dissolving lead or copper deposits with a solvent, why pull any dissolved stuff back the other way only to have it settle out (precipitate) as the solvent evaporates.

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2 hours ago, Rip Snorter said:

It is very easy to put a rod in muzzle to chamber and thread on a brush. after that, wrap a patch on the brush.  Broke a bore snake in a bolt gun once, likely my fault, I won't use one on a rifle again.

Did you have something tied on the tail of the boresnake to pull the broken half out backwards?

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I push thru from the chamber with the first couple patches. Then, from the muzzle and as it comes out the chamber, pull it back. This usually bunches up the patch a bit and makes it real tight coming back. Especially helps clean the forcing cone on my pistols. If it all possible, I do the dirty work chamber to muzzle on long guns.

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I remember reading to clean from the breech only. But decades ago when I was into shooting Flintlocks and cap and ball rifle, there was only one way to clean, from the bore and pushing and pulling same patch. Hot soapy water cleaned them in no time. Recently being a member of a Wild West Show and shooting Black powder blanks in rifle, shotguns, and pistols, reverted back to hot soapy water and in 1/2hr they were clean as a whistle. The hot water evaporated soon and a good oiled patch through barrels and cylinders worked great. Next day running again an oiled patch through showed no residue.

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9 hours ago, sassnetguy50 said:

Did you have something tied on the tail of the boresnake to pull the broken half out backwards?

Yup, Knotted it around a stout screwdriver. A major effort.  I read that if it breaks entirely inside it is a tough job even for a gunsmith.

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10 hours ago, Marshal Dan Troop 70448 said:

I remember reading to clean from the breech only.

This is correct advice as a glittering generality, especially if it is a long-range precision rifle and you can access the breech with a long rod.

 

The idea is to avoid any damage or even brass deposits at the end of the muzzle.

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