Cleaning Rod Length

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by Doug in Alaska, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Doug in Alaska

    Doug in Alaska Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  2. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  3. Doug in Alaska

    Doug in Alaska Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. preacherman

    preacherman Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  5. Doug in Alaska

    Doug in Alaska Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. preacherman

    preacherman Well-Known Member

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    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...