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I recently invested in a bore jag for one of my rifles.  On the first attempt to use this tool I soaked a patch in Barrett Heavy bore cleaner and tried to run the patch thru.  " Shocked".  That was the look on my face when I could not push  the fu#%ing rod thru.  I tried again using the thinnest patches that I had and still no go.  Any suggestions?  Will I have to turn this POS down with a Lathe?   Thank you in advance.
 
 
 
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Bore jags are caliber specific. Did you buy the correct one for your cal rifle. In other words a .375 cal jag will not fit a .308 cal rifle and so on.

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you need to use the right size patch also, to bigger patch will foul the jag .
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Oh yes, and never force anything down the barrel. A gentle push is all the force required. A stuck jag in a barrel is hell to remove.
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It is the correct size jag for the bore.  I'm thinking I will have to look into some new patches
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If your patches are to big just cut them down
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Originally posted by Heavy Duty Heavy Duty wrote:

It is the correct size jag for the bore.  I'm thinking I will have to look into some new patches
 
HD, you're not alone.  I use jags exclusively, because I think they do a better job of cleaning the bore than a loop, plus you don't pull a dirty patch back through the bore.  The downside to jags is that because they more evenly distribute the patch, they are more sensitive to patch width and thickness.  I've found that some patches supposedly sized to a specific caliber are way too tight with a jag, so you have to experiment and see which brand of patch gives the proper fit.  On the bag the patches came in, you'll notice a range of calibers they are designed for.  Where possible, I try to pick a patch that is either one size smaller than the caliber you intend to use it for, or your caliber is the largest of the listed range shown on the package.
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I've had the same problem. Patch thickness and the solvents you use make a difference. I just decided to cheat, I use a 270 jag for my 30 cal. bores. I still have to use the right size and thickness of patch, but the solvents aren't as critical and I can use a dry patch and not get stuck.
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Thanks guys,  I'll keep posting with the changes.
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I bought a couple jags for my .257 rifle.. the kind that has a roughed up surface .  They are made for .257 bores, but don't even fit the bore without a patch.Thinking puzzled the crap out of me. So I just use a .22 jag and use 2.5x2.5 cotton knit 3oz patches cut into quarters. They fit tight but I suppose less then if I would use a jag made for a .257 the right way, but that s not my fault. Anyway, you do feel tight spots where fouling is heavier, I just push it through (clean every 30-40 rounds). If fouling is heavy, may want to use a smaller dia mop soaked in kroil or any other descent solvent and push afew of those thru wait 5 minutes then another and see if there's any relief.. just my 2cents. good luck.
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..just had another idea.. if yo believe your bore is fouled extremely heavily then try Wipe Out, its supposed to be good stuff.
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I use Wipe Out.  Seems to work pretty well, but damn, it sure is messy to apply into your bore!  Even if you're really careful, excess foam always seems to work its way out both ends of the barrel and get onto everything!  Or, maybe it's just me and I'm a klutz.
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Well then I'm a klutz too. I've always said it's gonna get dirtier before it gets cleaner.
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I use the jags for all major barrel cleaning. They work far better than the loop, as Ted stated. Because they are caliber specific they are touchy about what size and thickness patch is used. Like was already mentioned, don't push it if your too tight. I bent a cleaning rod once, DOH!
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One thing I've discovered is if the patch you're using is a really tight fit in your bore, stab the patch way off-center of the patch and it will usually go through the bore much easier.  In other words, poke the point of the jag closer to one of the corners of the patch rather than directly in the center of the patch.
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Oooh, good idea Ted, Ilike that suggestion. I also have trouble with jags. Had to cut my .30 caliber paches down a bit for them to go through the barrel. I'll try the "off center method' next time. Thanks!
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