Leftoverdj Quote – “You'll do more cussing if you carry a dowel. The wood can splinter and jam the bullet even worse. Go with steel, brass, or aluminum.”
As Leftoverdj said do not use wood. I’ve used wood and had it break off in the barrel (a real mess). I bought a threaded brass rod at the hardware store like Archie suggests and it works great.
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