Heres an idea for an inexpensive coated cleaning rod. Take your $7.00cdn. aluminum rod and screw it together with lock tight or bedding coumpound. Get sections or one piece shrink tube that just fits over and there you go. Maybe not quite as good as the $50.00 one but only $9.00 bucks total. I set some pieces of tube in Hoppes#9 and an ammonia mix for a couple days with no ill effect. So far its working great. Any other doller saving ideas lets have them.