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i know everyones tired of the cleaning questions but i got one little one.....i was told not to switch directions with the brush while still in the bore..and also not to pull the brush back through once out the end? is this correct and if so what do i do..unscrew it everytime and pull the rod back through and screw it back on for another stroke?
 

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and also not to pull the brush back through once out the end?
This is nonsense, when pulling the brush back just take it slow. A brass brush will not damage the bore or crown to my knowledge. I usually wrap a solvent wet patch around the brush to push out the crud, removing the dirty patch before pulling the brush back.
 

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Reversing a bronze brush mid bore is hard on the brush, but if done with a twisting motion at the same time, works fine. Muzzle loaders have no choice to reversing the direction of the brush!! I prefer to use nylon or Tynex brushes if I need a brush at all, most bore cleaners will destroy a bronze brush if they are intended as a copper remover since bronze is a copper alloy.

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I use high quality BR bronze brushes, yet to see one dissolve with solvents. Although they bent down with use, Using a patch on the brush is easier than using a jag. No I don't reverse in mid bore. But do at times reverse in the first 6" at the chamber end to get rid of carbon build up. A bronze brush with a patch and J-B paste will do a fine job removing the hard carbon.

Since I only use moly plated bullets I don't see much carbon or heavy copper build up. I know because I use a bore scope and look to see if the barrel is clean. Otherwise there is no way you can tell wether a barrel is clean.
 

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Fred, you probably replace them before they are completely gone, but any solvent that works on copper will ruin the brush over time, whether it's blamed on wear or the fact that the bristles are thinnned and weakened by the solvent, the results is the same, a worn out brush. Doesn't happen with the nylon, but I don't use brushes anymore with the WipeOut or Outers, it's not necessary, it works that good. The only time I feel the need to use a brush is with lead fouling where mechanical brushing is needed. For copper fouling, patches work fine with the foaming cleaners without the need for any brushing or elbow grease.

Tim

http://www.sharpshootr.com/wipeout.htm
 

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I have some Wipe out and use it some times, but I find it too messy.
Using Moly bullets greatly reduces the frequency of cleaning specially with good barrels. I use 3:1 Shooters Choice and Kroil about once every 50 rounds

A BR shooter recently send pictures of his bore taken with a bore scope and a special camera. His BR rifle had fired over 7000 rounds 6ppc Moly bullets, the rifle is still in competetive use and the inside of the barrel is still looking pretty good yet.
 

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Me thinks moly gets a bad reputation by shooters that don't break the barrel in well first with standard jacketed bullets or don't lap the bore. I've shot Failsafes in my .308 BLR since the Black Talons as they were originally called, first came out and the bore is shiny, like new and cleans easily, but I shot a lot of jacketed bullets in it before the Failsafes, core-lokts and Nosler partitions, mostly.

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