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Old 07-16-2017, 10:28 AM
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hi, just going to start longer range rifle shooting. looking for good value equipment. will probably get lucas bore guide, wondering which cleaning rod people favor. thank you
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:36 AM
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Dewey is good.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:59 AM
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What ever you get make sure it is one piece and coated. I second the Dewey.
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Old 07-16-2017, 6:31 PM
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What ever you get make sure it is one piece and coated. I second the Dewey.
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That and use a bore guide. I use Pro Shot or Tipton rods, and a Possum Holllow bore guide.
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Dewey for the win.

This is one of those items you want to buy in person. I've seen too many mangled in shipping.
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Old 07-16-2017, 7:07 PM
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BoreTech because it has a big soft handle and you don't need an adaptor for a brush.
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BoreTech because it has a big soft handle and you don't need an adaptor for a brush.
I second that,I use boretech cleaning rods,proof positive nylon brushes,jags and cleaners.

Op if it's a bolt rifle,try to find a rifle specific rod guide.I have a PMA tools rod guide for my ruger precision .308 and I'm getting ready to order a possum hollows for my browning x-bolt .308.I have a universal one and don't care for it.
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thanks everyone, appreciate the help...will look at those
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Old 07-17-2017, 4:47 AM
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If you decide to go the Tipton route, try to buy local as I've had 2 broken during shipping. I like my bore techs...
Just saw TKM posted the same. He has good advice!

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I've had Bore Tech rods for many years but a year ago I bought a .30 cal Tipton carbon fiber rod, I think the Bore Tech is a smoother rotating rod and it has an indexing mark at the end of the handle that makes checking barrel twist a snap. What I don't like about the Bore Tech is the coating on the rod eventually wears off, Tipton's is carbon fiber so no coating to wear off and it's super light and easy to handle, the "easy to handle" part might seem funny to some of you, but if you've never worked a Tipton CF rod you should give it a try, it's just easier to wield around.

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I currently use Pro-Shot stainless steel rods. I just like the rigidity / stiffness of these rods, as well as the fact they don't flake (hint: Dewey coated). I still have Dewey rods that I still use, but as the coatings wear off or if I need to get a new rod, I will get a Pro-Shot. I tried CF rods years ago, but never bought more because I couldn't stand the amount of flex with CF rods.

I will also concur with the PMA Tools bore guide. They are good and far easier/quicker to obtain than a Lucas. But if you can get a Lucas, definitely get the Lucas.

https://www.ocabj.net/mini-review-pm...ing-rod-guide/
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I use Dewey or Tipton cleaning rods.
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Tipton Max Force. The only cleaning rod you'll need.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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What ever you get make sure it is one piece and coated. I second the Dewey.
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Yeah. One-piece coated Dewey.
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I had a one piece steel BoreTech cleaning rod, but I never used it.

I prefer the aluminum rods. They don't scratch up the barrel.

I made my own carbon fiber cleaning rod from some arrow shaft blanks. I carry it when I go hunting. It is for my 444 and 450, not my 308.


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I got this rod:
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/19...d-carbon-fiber

And this bore guide:
https://www.midwayusa.com/product/59...ge-bolt-action

They work as advertised.
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What about the Otis system.
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:24 PM
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I have had the same dewey for a lot of years , I think they even vary a little in length . I know there is a pistol sized one also.
My kid gave me an otis for an AR some time back ...... still unused , I feel kind of bad as they were a good deal of money for what you got ...... but whatever
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The Otis system is awesome! Been using it for more than 10 years, with all of my rifles & shotguns (.22lr ~ 12ga). Works great and packable for easy field use. I still use a Gunslick rod for my bolt guns, but do use my Otis system a lot (10/22's & shotguns mostly).
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The Otis system is awesome! Been using it for more than 10 years, with all of my rifles & shotguns (.22lr ~ 12ga). Works great and packable for easy field use. I still use a Gunslick rod for my bolt guns, but do use my Otis system a lot (10/22's & shotguns mostly).
I think I tossed mine in a pack for bug out purposes
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I have a Dewey and a Boretech, it seems the Boretech has smoother and sturdier bearings.
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The Otis system is awesome! Been using it for more than 10 years, with all of my rifles & shotguns (.22lr ~ 12ga). Works great and packable for easy field use. I still use a Gunslick rod for my bolt guns, but do use my Otis system a lot (10/22's & shotguns mostly).
Yeah a one-piece is not as manageable. I have a Dewey for a 26" barrel and it fits in the hard case I carry my Rem 700 in, so that's where I store it.
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