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I have always run my bronze brush one way out the barrel then I take it off and run it again, counting each time as a stroke. Now I was reading on Shilen barrels website and they say to run it all the way out and then pull it back through. ??????? I was always told this will hurt your muzzle even though the brush is softer than the barrel. What are your thoughts?
 

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I've been to several benchrest competitions. No one is more anal about accuracy and tiny groups than those guys. They clean after every 5 or 10 shots and always run their brushes (some don't use bruches at all) both ways. The main potential damage is the possiblity of damaging the crown. I perceive the potential for damage is about the same whether you go both ways or only out then pull the brush.

I brush both directions in each of my two custom barrels and no problems so far.

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I was wondering about that because I thought that was the reason the brushes and rod are softer than the barrel to "kind of" protect it. So you push your brush out all the way and then bring it back through?
 

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Also I use butch's bore shine and the only times I get indications of copper fouling is after the bronze brush has been through. Even during break in I did not get any copper fouling unless the powder residue covered up the copper. What do you all use to clean your barrels with?
 

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Cleaing rods and brushes are crap, use a pull through.
 

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For a good reliable pull through cleaning kit you should get an OTIS cleaning kit. I have one and it has replaced all my rods. I currently use my rods had a back scratcher.
 

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I think I was actually told it would mess up the twist rate. News to me and I still can't figure out exactly what that meant. That was told to me by a soldier, I didn't really know him (wife's friend's brother) so I let it go. Also, a buddy of mine in the Navy told me they taught him to do that in basic. I assume it's the chrome plating in the M16's bore and he didn't know, he just followed orders. I never worry and have never had a problem, but then again I'm not all that great a shot and maybe just haven't noticed. Or, maybe I'm a really great shot after all and have huge problems...
 
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