Basic question: does it matter what what a cleaning rod is coated with?
Recently started to get back into precision(ish) shooting & dug out the collection of Parker-Hale rods, jags, loopd. brushes etc. (.223 & .30 cal) from years gone by.
The .22 Rods were OK but the .30 ones were pretty tragic.
-the yellow synthetic covering had shrunk or split
-exposed steel rod had rusted...as it had where it was exposed from gashes (cleaning other things other than bolt action rifles)
-some mild bends in the rods.
I'm blaming age, Sweets Nitro Solvent, poor storage & abuse being used on other firearms.
On a whim, I threw them in with a bulk lot of gear I was having Cerakoted. They came out OK.
My options (as I see it) are:
-use them as is on the current rifles.
-add that heat shrink tube the electronics people use onto the rod & use
-relegate to other purposes (lecture pointers etc) & replace with new ones.
Any opinions? Is a Cerakoted rod slippery enough for a bore or damaging? Would the shrink tube do better?
Thanks in advance