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To brush or no to brush

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Old 05-02-2011, 09:02 PM
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To brush or no to brush

Wasn't sure where to post this.

So do you guys use bore brushes on your long range rifles or not?
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:10 PM
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Re: To brush or no to brush

Yes bronze. Nothing more nothing less.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:20 AM
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Re: To brush or no to brush

I'm very curious what answers you will generate with this one! My answer on my lapped custom barrels....... no, never.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:15 AM
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Re: To brush or no to brush

I like to use a cotton swab on lightly fouled barrels to apply the bore solvent.

But on barrels with more fouling I use the bronze brushes and follow up with the swab
for a final cleaning.

On severely fouled barrels (Factory Mostly) I use bronze and a strong solvent like the

There are people that don't use bronze at all and that's fine but it sometimes takes a lot
longer to get it clean.

I would recommend what ever method best suits the condition of your rifle bore. Also, a
proper break in will reduce the amount of cleaning you will have to do.

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Old 05-04-2011, 11:27 PM
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Re: To brush or no to brush

Never a brush on any of my rifles. And one of them has a factory barrel. Did the Tubbs Final Finish process on the factory barrel when it was new and learned that the brush was not needed. The other barrels are Liljas.
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:49 AM
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Re: To brush or no to brush

I used to not use a bronze brush, while getting my barrel to a mirror-like finish... One day I tried a brush after I cleaning my barrel to see if I was really getting it clean. I then realized that dirt can be polished to a mirror-like finish.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:35 PM
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Re: To brush or no to brush

Generally try not to. Might depend in part on the solvent you use. I would use a nylon brush for example with patch out to create a sudsing effect.
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