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Old 06-11-2009, 11:58 PM
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Cleaning Rod Length

This question is probably rather elementary for most of you, sorry. I've searched the forum and have found very little. I've always used aluminum sectional or coated cleaning rods but I'm now ready to order good, carbon fiber rods. How do you guys figure the length of the rod? I have a 26" barrel on my 7 RUM but also have the added length of a brake. Other rifles have 22' and 24" barrels. Is there a 'one length fits all'? I guess I need to add length for a bore guide also?

Thanks, Doug in Alaska
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:01 AM
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Re: Cleaning Rod Length

I bought a 40" one-piece coated Dewey for my 26.5" barrel with muzzle brake and Lucas bore guide. The way I figured out I needed a 40" was my 36" wouldn't clear the muzzle brake. :-)

Others may have their scientific methods. A 40" will be long enough for a 26" barrel, bore guide, and muzzle brake. And the extra couple inches won't hurt anything. Might even be long enough for a 28" barrel with brake and bore guide.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:17 AM
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Re: Cleaning Rod Length

Thanks much for the reply phorwath. Considering the price of good quality cleaning rods, I didn't want to use trial and error in determining length.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:23 AM
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Re: Cleaning Rod Length

one piece rods only... no "sectionals"...

while carbon fiber is nice stuff, the handles, ferrules etc are not very impressive, and are not nearly as popular as the one piece coated rods by Dewey, BoreTech et al...

rule of thumb = shortest rod that will work, the stiffer, the better
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Old 06-14-2009, 09:03 PM
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Re: Cleaning Rod Length

Any suggestions on which brand bore guides to order for the Tipton carbon fiber rods? I'm hoping to order the whole "shootin' match" from Midway if possible.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:01 PM
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Re: Cleaning Rod Length

I usually buy my bore guides from Sinclair, but have bought from Midway also... I know what you mean about trying to buy everything from one supplier...

Bore guides from Midway or anywhere else are generic, in so far as working with all brands of cleaning rods...
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