Cleaning a Firearm from the Muzzle
A friend I was out hunting with last fall told me I would spoil my rifle if I cleaned it from the muzzle end with a metal rod. Is this true?
While it is true that a metal rod in careless hands will injure the accuracy of a rifle if used from the muzzle, it is equally true that one of brass if used with care will have no noticeable result. I have cleaned my .22 model '94 Winchester in this manner for over ten years and it is still doing good work. I would not advise the use of a steel rod in any rifle that could not be cleaned from the breech. Any injury resulting from muzzle cleaning is caused by the rod wearing and rubbing the extreme muzzle of the rifle so it becomes out of its original true and perfect form. This extreme effects and determines the accuracy of the bullet, as it is the agency that directs it upon a straight course as it leaves the gun. Some shooters slip a short leather tube of the gun's caliber into the muzzle as a protection when cleaning. If, however, a clean brass rod is employed, and care used, little damage will result from muzzle cleaning. The Marble people are putting out a fine line of cleaning rods which fit the calibers they are adapted to admirably. Needless to say, a rod of suitable size and fit is essential to the best results.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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