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10 ring
May 3, 2011, 08:41 AM
I am brand new to this forum. Also new to shooting. If I have placed this question in the wrong forum I am sorry. I have a Ruger mini 14 that is about 13 years old. Never fired. I bent my cleaning rod trying to get a brush through the bore. What did I do wrong?

kx592
May 3, 2011, 08:45 AM
make sure your pulling the brush through from the chamber side, make sure its the right size brush, and be sure not to let the rod hit the rifling. take your time, it should not be so difficult, stop before something goes wrong.

Come and take it.
May 3, 2011, 09:21 AM
If you are using a rod you will need to clean from the muzzle end as a rod cannot get a straight line from the breech end.

paknheat
May 3, 2011, 01:16 PM
get a bore snake for the mini .:D its what i use to clean mine.

kd7sgm
May 3, 2011, 02:16 PM
+1 Bore Snake

ozarkrecluse
May 3, 2011, 07:22 PM
Or a patchworm.

mnero
May 3, 2011, 08:02 PM
here is a link with instructions and video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ_XSF47s9s

10 ring
May 4, 2011, 04:55 AM
Thank you all for the information.

AirForceShooter
May 4, 2011, 07:23 AM
Was the brush for a .22?

Also, new brushes can be very tight

AFS

7jinxed7
May 4, 2011, 07:27 AM
Otis cable style cleaning kit like the one in the video is what I use.

zombieslayer
May 4, 2011, 08:06 AM
Other than a boresnake, my Mini's don't get very much cleaning. Only about once a year or so do I strip them down for a good cleaning.

Art Eatman
May 4, 2011, 08:33 AM
Okay, plenty of answers. We don't need three pages of anecdotes on "How I clean my rifle."

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