Re: what cleaning rod do you use ?
I would recomend a one piece ,large dia and long enough to clean without
draging the handel on the stock.
I use 4 sizes of cleaning rods.
For the 17 cal your have no choice but to use a rod for the .177 dia.
For every thing under 270 I use a 22cal rod.
For 270 and up (.277,.284,.308,.338) I use a rod that is larger and will only
go in a 270 or larger.
For the big bores I have a custom rod thats .350 dia.
The reason for using the largest rod possible is to keep it from flexing and rubbing
the rifling .( a small rod with lots of room will snake down the bore).
As far as the brand I like bouth the dewey and the tiption.
As far as the nylon coated rods I had a very bad experience with one comming lose
and rolling up on the rod, sticking the rod in the bore .
Use the bore guides and one piece rods and you wont have any problems
J E CUSTOM