Cleaning a Shotgun
There are numerous cleaners on the market. The Tomlinson is excellent. It is made in 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20 gauges, and will fit any standard rod, and is so designed as to fit the entire length of the inside of shotgun barrels, notwithstanding the various chokes adopted by the different makers, and will therefore remove all lead, rust spots and foreign matter from breech to muzzle, and leave the barrels perfectly clean.
The sides are of brass wire gauze wrapped over wood, and although it cuts all lead and dirt from the barrels, it is too soft to injure them in any way. In fact, the constant use of this cleaner will improve the barrels by giving them a lengthwise polish. It should be inserted at the breech and not allowed to entirely leave the barrels at the muzzle. In a "pump" gun start the cleaner from the muzzle by compressing. A drop of oil should be put on the wire gauze, as it cuts more easily. By giving the cleaner a slight jar the dirt may be removed from the wire sides, and when they become worn they can be easily replaced by unscrewing the back cap.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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