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xLusi0n
08-22-2006, 12:04 PM
If I have a cleaning rod for my 5.56 AR-15 that is 22 to 26...can I use that same rod in my .308 rifle? Obviously the smaller bore rod will fit in a bigger bore rifle, but is there any downsides to using it? Or should I just get the 27 to 45 cleaning rod for the .308?

stevie
08-22-2006, 12:08 PM
Correct .30 cal Brush and Jag may not fit on the smaller dia. rod. Dewey Brushes for .30 cal will not fit on the 22 rod. Flex maybe a issue with the 22 rod.

xLusi0n
08-22-2006, 12:12 PM
The rods I'm looking at are both 8/32 threads.

Fjold
08-22-2006, 12:18 PM
The rods I'm looking at are both 8/32 threads.

I use my 22-25 cal rod for cleaning my 375 H&H. As long as the jag screws on it's fine. The bigger rods just don't flex as much but you shouldn't be pushing that hard anyway.

stevie
08-22-2006, 12:19 PM
Look at the rod dia. my Dewey .30 Cal is much thicker than my .22 rod. I cannot put a .22 cal brush on my .30 rod.

ocabj
08-22-2006, 12:50 PM
I have several Dewey Rods. When it comes down to it, with or without the adapters, I am able to use 8/32 thread brushes on the rods. I have the male Dewey rods for the bolt guns and what not. For service rifle AR-15 and M1 Garand, I have the 22CF30 (22cal coated female 30") and the 30CF25 (30cal coated female 25"), repectively. The CF rods are 8/32 threaded whereas my other Dewey rods that are male threaded come with the adapter to use 8/32 thread brushes.

Anyway, the real downside to using a 22cal rod in a 30cal bore is the flex in the rod. I don't know how tight you get your patches on the jag on a 30cal bore, but if I were to take the same rod I use to clean my 6.5 bores on the 30cal, I'd be afraid to snap the rod.

stevie
08-22-2006, 12:56 PM
Guess i need some adapters, thanks..

-hanko
08-22-2006, 4:47 PM
Guess i need some adapters, thanks..
If you're using the .22 road that ocabj mentioned, standard brushes and jags work fine, as the rod has an 8-32 female thread. The rod also works on larger calibers with the appropriate brushes and jags...it might flex a little, but it will work fine.

If you want to use usgi brushes and jags, you can get an adapter from Dewey that adapts the female rod thread to the male usgi thread (8-36).

Dewey rods that use a male thread limit you to dewey brushes and jags, sometimes not that easy to find, save on the web.

-hanko

50BMGBOB
08-22-2006, 9:09 PM
Target shooters use a rod that is close to the bore diameter so it is stiffer and they worry about flex in the rod damaging/wearing the rifling in the bore. Also the closer the fit means less chance of damaging the crown if you pull the jag back thru the bore as appose to removing the jag each time like most of them do anyways. But the smaller rod will work fine.