Re: Frugal (cheap) cleaning rod.
I've got a Dewey and a Bore-Tech. They sure give a better "feel" of the bore, especially with a bore guide.
I agree that it is not wise to fret about spending an extra 10 or 20 bucks on a quality cleaning rod, after putting real money into having a quality barrel fitted.
I spent $35.00 for the bore-tech from the company website, and $23.00 for the Dewey from Iron Brigade Armory.