How do you use the jag for cleaning?

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  1. Oct 13, 2009 #1
    wingnut1983

    wingnut1983 XDTalk 100 Member

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    I am a newbie with an XDm 9mm, I just recently learned what the round thing with the point on the end was in my cleaning kit...before I coudlnt fathom what that would be used for. So my understanding is you poke the point through the center of a patch and use it to clean the barrel...right?

    How should you use it (properly)?

    Thanks
     
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    VinnAY

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    I think that's what it's used for, I just push the patch through with it, inplace of the eyelet. I really haven't used it but on my .17HMR rifle because I couldn't find a .17 eyelet.
     
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    taylor6400

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    Thats pretty much all there is to it. My personal procedure is to use a bronze brush first...i spray some solvent either down the barrel or on the bruse and run the brush in and out a few times. Put the jag on and run a dry patch through a couple times to get the majority of the gunk out. Then run a solvent soaked patch through on the jag (once i push it through once i usually flip it and run it again) then a dry one with the same procedure till its clean. I usually get the barrel fairly dry at the end and then run a patch through with a LIGHT coating of CLP (not oil). This is my procedure for long guns more so than pistols. Pistols im not so picky...i just get the majority of the gunk out and carry on. I shoot my carry pistols too much to worry about being too picky.

    ETA: with the jag you can only push the patch straight through, but if you dont push it out the end of the barrel you can run it back and forth in the barrel as long as you dont push it all the way through. I like the jag better than the eyelett because i think it puts more pressure on the patch and makes it easier to clean.
     
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    panther308

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    I have tried a jag and don't really care for it I choose to just use a brush and patch puller
     
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    agalindo

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    Pretty much as you posted, put the patch at the tip of the jag then push it down the bore. A jag clean much better than a patch puller. I use it to help remove lead, a good jag and a bronze brush will remove lead pretty fast.
     
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    dragon281tx

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    If you wanna know the fastest way to clean the barrel, use a bore snake. It has never let me down. Just 3 run-thrus and your done. Takes like 10 seconds and it cleans it up very well. I do this after every range trip so the gunk is still loose and fresh. I dunno what it'd be like if you clean your gun every other range trip or so.
     
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    twice barrel

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    A jag is especially useful on a muzzleloader. You center in a tight fitting patch and run down the barrel till it bottoms out on the breechplug. Then pull back out... and the patch usually will stay with it.

    On barrels with chambers larger than the bore the jag will typically lose the patch in the chamber.

    On modern guns with the ability to open the breech the jag is merely a way to cover the threads in a threaded ramrod so you can use it to clear the barrel of stuck items...like a loose patch or perhaps a stuck round in the chamber.

    Or you can just push a patch thru one-way and not have to unthread it from the cleaning tip (slot).

    Regards,

    TB
     
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    cyberiad

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    I push a slightly damp patch through the bore with the jag once or twice every once in a while. I only shoot FMJ so I don't use a brush at all.
     
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    FrankC

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    I fail to understand what that has to do with your bore getting fouled over time. I primarily shoot fmj through mine as well and I brush it after every outing and at least once a week in between, guess what I always go through about 3-5 patches for the mid week cleaning too. The reason you aren't getting much out of it is because you aren't brushing it.
     
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    florida boy

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    bore snake works good but still run a brush thru it.
     

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