View Full Version : Best One Piece Cleaning Rod ?????

August 26, 2005, 08:14 PM
Who makes the best one piece cleaning rod and who has it for the best price? I have seen coated steel rods, aluminum rods, and brass rods in catalogs,from $10 to around $25 or so. I have several rifles from 22cal. to 30cal. most are bolt action,but now have a new M 1A and don't want to mess it up using the old multi piece rod. Any advice on this subject would be appriciated.

Thank you, Rich

August 26, 2005, 08:53 PM
I make my own from sticks of brazing rod. Cut to length, chuck it up in the lathe and drill/tap ends (10-32 or 8-32, depending on rod size) and buy a T-handle for one end. I started doing this for my BP rifles and really like them.


August 26, 2005, 09:22 PM
Ever tried a bore snake? I like them.

August 26, 2005, 09:41 PM
I use Bore Snakes for light duty and Tipton carbon fiber rods for more serious cleaning. All the Tipton cleaning supplies I use feel really well built, and they look pretty darn good too.


August 26, 2005, 10:20 PM
IMNSHO the best rod is a Dewey. Pricey, but worth it.

August 27, 2005, 12:17 PM
I like Dewey. Coated or uncoated, whichever you prefer. See Dewey review. (http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=179302)

You might give Midway a try when you buy a rod.

Swamp Yankee
August 27, 2005, 03:21 PM
Boresnakes and Dewey cleaning rods have always worked for me.
Take Care

August 27, 2005, 05:31 PM
Youngest girl bought me a Dewey...........Wow.....what a girl.

August 28, 2005, 10:58 PM
I'm fond of the flexible otis rods. ;)

August 29, 2005, 02:21 AM
I got both Deweys and CF Tiptons. I like the Tiptons better.

50 shooter
August 29, 2005, 09:22 AM
BoreTech makes some good one piece cleaning rods. www.boretech.com

August 29, 2005, 08:09 PM
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to help.


August 30, 2005, 08:52 AM
So which did you pick?


August 30, 2005, 10:10 AM
Yeh.........We want to know. HEE HEE

September 13, 2005, 10:26 AM
another vote for dewey

September 13, 2005, 03:17 PM
Another Dewey fan here!

September 24, 2005, 02:44 PM
I use Dewey but I suspect the Tipton are as good or better - I have a fistfull of Dewey in assorted diameters and lengths - 2 each 1 for brush and 1 for patch so I can use my Sinclair cradles with rod holders and bore guides conveniently. I'm sure the other pieces are as important as the rods.

I've got Parker Hale coated in yellow that reminds me to wipe the rods - and I'd fault the black and stainless for picking up grit without making it obvious.

For handguns I have some old stainless rods with solid blued knurled handles no swivel at all and I'm content to use them - I do more twisting in the chamber and throat area - maybe I should in the rifles? Maybe a difference in round count between cleanings.

September 24, 2005, 04:41 PM
A little late but would like to put in my two cents. I prefer stiff one piece stainless UNCOATED rods. Multi-piece rods, soft rods, and snakes will bend and rub/abrade the rifling and muzzle. Brass, aluminum, and coated rods can pick up small grit and become abrasive, thus also damaging rifling and muzzle. The additional important point is to clean from receiver/chamber end when possible. When you must clean from the muzzle, ALWAYS use a muzzle guide to center the rod in bore and prevent abrasion to rifling and crown at muzzle.

As stated, just my .02 but I haven't found a better cleaning solution in over 40 years of active rifle, pistol, and shotgun shooting.

Good shooting and be safe.

ps: I use Shooter's Choice bore solvent and FP-10 lubricant primarily.