Best Gun Cleaning Rods 2018

Best Gun Cleaning Rods for 2018

I have used many gun cleaning rods and shotgun cleaning rods in the past 35 years. I can tell you which ones are the best, at least in my opinion and why.

Here is my list of best gun cleaning rods

  • Dewey Carbon Fiber rods
  • Hoppes Elite Carbon Fiber rods
  • Gunslick Carbon Fiber rods
  • Tipton Carbon Fiber rods

Best gun cleaning rods - Gunslick carbon fiber

Gunslick Carbon Fiber Gun Cleaning Rod

I only use Carbon Fiber gun cleaning rods because they are lightweight, unbreakable and will never damage a gun barrel. They do not cost much more than a steel or brass cleaning rod and are worth the money. Steel, brass and aluminum gun cleaning rods can become embedded with dirt or sand and then can scratch the gun bore. A scratched bore will ruin accuracy.

All of the gun cleaning rod brands I listed above have a comfortable handle with a roller bearing attaching it to the rod. A roller bearing ensures the handle rotates while the rod and brush engage the barrel rifling and turn easily. They are good quality cleaning rods and will last many years. Most carbon fiber cleaning rods cost about $30. They are well worth the money.

Shotgun Cleaning Rods

When it comes to shotgun cleaning rods, you can use aluminum or brass as well as coated steel and carbon fiber. Shotgun barrels are smooth bores, most of the time,  and can’t get damaged enough by a metal cleaning rod to change its shot pattern. Rifled slug barrels are a different story and should be handled like a regular rifle or handgun, cleaning wise. Aluminum, brass and coated steel will work fine on any shotgun other than a $20,000 double. I used aluminum and brass cleaning rods on my Browning Citori and Maxxum shotguns. I’ve also used Boresnakes with great success.