Cleaning rod surface

Basic question: does it matter what what a cleaning rod is coated with?

Background.

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

Original Post

I’d say if you have to ask, cast away all doubt and get a proper coated rod. I’m not sure what cerakote might do if deposited in a bore...probably not a whole lot but why gamble on that?

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Yeah, cheapskate  

If you can get them, I've been most happy of several (aluminum, carbon fiber...) with the Dewey steel coated rods. Handles a lot of abuse, and never even scratched the coating. 

They also make a very full range, which some others do not. Even have a short non-spinning one I use for chamber brushes. 

I also store them all by hanging. Made a little rack with u-shaped cutouts, so they cannot get stuck to things, stay wet, get bent, etc. 

 

Sweets is awful; wipe the rod as you pull it from the bore each time. Aside from rod damage I guess, it'll mess with whatever else it comes in contact with so you want to practice good contamination procedure. 

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Sounds like Amerikanishen kultural imperialism to me!

OK, I have a lot invested in Parker-Hale rods and their accessories over the years...and loath to add yet another set of differently threaded jags/loops/brushes to the collection.

Action: I have one good PH .30 rod (oddly, the .223 ones survived OK) left & I'll use that in the mean time.  Concurrently, check out Amerikan Dewey/Boretech availability here & possibility of getting a few PH-Dewey thread adapters made up here or in the USA.

The Cerakoted PH rods will be shrink coated & relegated to other activities.

shoobe01 posted:
 

Sweets is awful; wipe the rod as you pull it from the bore each time. Aside from rod damage I guess, it'll mess with whatever else it comes in contact with so you want to practice good contamination procedure. 

What you said!

I have never understood threads. Gave up long ago and just see what happens. Have some adapters that came with... rods maybe? And a small drawer of jags and brushes I don't use as they fit, apparently, nothing. 

I am sure there are reasons, but cannot recall why I was long-ago advised to use, and since then have had hilarously good luck with this style of stabby jag, use nothing else for bores... and I'll have to take a photo of it. Cone end, knurled around the rest. Doesn't get totally destroyed when you drop it like the stabby end bit style. 

 

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