Bore Guide? Recommended?

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  1. grizz

    grizz XDTalk 100 Member

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    I have a Browning Bolt rifle and wanted to get the opinion of others. Do you guys use guides to protect the crown or is this something of less concern. Thanks for your help.
     
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    You can't take the bolt out and put the rod in through the throat end? That's what I do with all my bolt rifles.
     
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    Hi crpadien,

    Yes, I can take the bolt out. I wasn’t sure if the rod and brush would cause damage to the crown when pushed all the way through. I’ve been getting mixed opinions on this issue.
     
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    I only let the jig or brush go through the muzzle, then I pull it right back.
     
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    No, you only need a guide if you clean from the muzzle down to the chamber.
     
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    grizz XDTalk 100 Member

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    So, you use no guide when cleaning from the breech end and have had no problems with damaging the crown? I’m assuming if you clean from the muzzle end that is where a guide is most beneficial. Am I on the right path?
     
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    oops! Looks like einheit 13 posted the answer before I posted my question. Mind reader! :cool:

    I clean my rifle once from the muzzle end with no guide. I had no manual and it was my first bolt rifle so I had no clue how to take the bolt out. Since then I have always cleaned from the breech end with no guide. What are the chances I damaged my crown?
     
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    It depends on who you ask. Some of the older shooters(WWII Marines) will say that running from the muzzle end will not damage the crown at all as that is what they did with their Garands and they shot well after numerous cleanings. I wouldn't worry about it though.
     
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    crpadiem XDTalk 1K Member

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    Plus remember that the Garands had a softer metal used on the barrel than most modern rifles.
     
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    My rifle was built in 1963. Specifically it’s a 1963 Browning Safari Grade bolt rifle chambered in 30-06.

    Most people I’ve talked to said not to worry about it and clean it the proper way from this point forward.

    I can’t shoot worth the damn anyways!
     
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    Gunzzi XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    All you guys don't use a bore snake? :shock:
     
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    Depends on the firearm. My 22-250 tack driver I use a rod every time. Most others I use a boresnake though most of the time. Every once in a while though I'll do a really thorough cleaning and use a rod on all my rifles. Don't know if it makes much difference but it's habit.
     
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    Do you guys mind given me a run down as to why you would use a bore snake over a rod and vise versa? Please forgive me…I’m somewhat new. Thanks
     
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    I usually use a bore snake. If this is a hunting rifle, you can probably clean it any number of ways, and it will still shoot minute of deer. Unless you have some match barrel, I wouldn't worry about any of them.
     
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    Boresnake is the way to go for speed. I use a rod sometimes though as I like certain solvents to stay in the barrel for a bit, and with a boresnake it takes the solvents out. Mainly my copper solvent I like to leave in for a bit on certain rifles, then I'll run the brush a couple of times then patch until clean. Once again, it might not be needed but I still do it.
     

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