Re: Cleaning; brushing; patching...etc.
I quit using jags and things a long time ago. I actually buy a nylon brush that is 1 caliber smaller than what the gun actually is. I wrap a patch around the brush and soak it with solvent and choke up on the cleaning rod and push it through. Doing it this way utilizes the whole patch. If I need to scrub the barrel with a brush, I just switch out to the appropriate caliber and do the scrubbing and then switch back.
I don't know if this actually helped you or not but you could give it a try. It works well for me.