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.

Hoppe’s Carbon Fiber Gun Cleaning Rods

Carbon fiber gun cleaning rods are most likely the best based on safety and durability. Hoppe’s makes some really nice carbon fiber gun cleaning rods at a great price too. Hoppe’s makes a really nice ergo handle with ball bearings. It’s a great cleaning rod.

Here are the benefits of a carbon fiber gun cleaning rod

  • Will no harm gun barrels
  • Will not get embedded with sand or other hard debris that can scratch the inside of a gun barrel
  • Will not bend
  • Will not break under normal usage
  • Light weight
  • Last forever

If you’re intertested in a carbon fiber gun cleaning rod, here is a link to buy one online….Hoppes Carbon Fiber Gun Cleaning Rods at

Best Shotgun Cleaning Rod 2015

Best Shotgun Cleaning Rod

I have a lot of people asking me about shotgun cleaning rods…aluminum, steel, carbon fiber, coated or what?

I’ll give you my recommendation up front….Hoppes Boresnake or M-Pro7 Boresnake

Hoppes Boresnake 12 gauge

This is an easy “no brainer”  “hands down” best solution to cleaning a shotgun barrel. Why? Because it’s effective, easy and fast. AND it will not harm a barrel.

Now let’s talk about the other options…shotgun cleaning rods. Shotgun cleaning rods usually come in steel, carbon fiber, coated steel and aluminum.

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Aluminum Shotgun Cleaning Rods

Aluminum is common because it’s cheap and lightweight. It’s also soft, so it will not damage a steel shotgun barrel by itself. However since aluminum is soft, it can get sand and dirt embedded into it’s surface. If you ever drop an aluminum shotgun cleaning rod on the floor or outside, Throw It Away!!! It will most likely have sand embedded into it. The sand or dirt will definitely scratch the inside of your shotgun barrel. Don’t do it! So not only is aluminum dangerous because it has the potential of scratching the inside of a shotgun barrel but it can also leave shavings inside the barrel. Aluminum is very soft and if the rod rubs against the chamber or muzzle, aluminum shavings can be scraped off and left inside the barrel. You don’t want this. Bottom Line…don’t use aluminum.

Steel Shotgun Cleaning Rods

Steel shotgun cleaning rods are not soft like aluminum so they won’t get debris embedded into the surface BUT steel rubbing against steel is not good. There is the risk of scratching the bore if you let the rod come in contact with the bore or choke tube. Don’t use bare steel cleaning rods.

Coated Steel Shotgun Cleaning Rods

If you must use a traditional shotgun cleaning rod then go with a coated steel rod. The coating will protect the shotgun bore from scratches. Foreign debris cannot get embedded into the coating easily either. The Boresnake is a better option though.

Carbon Fiber Shotgun Cleaning Rods

Carbon Fiber cleaning rods are the best traditional rods available but at a higher cost than coated steel cleaning rods. Carbon fiber is strong, hard and lightweight. It’s the King of cleaning rods. It will not scratch or embed easily with debris. They are excellent!!!

Boresnake Shotgun Cleaning Rope

Here is the Ultimate shotgun cleaning solution/rod. It’s the Boresnake…a braided cotton rope with bronze bore brushes embedded. You simply apply gun cleaner and pull it through the barrel several times. I use one on my Browning Maxus Hunter. 3 pulls and I’m done…about 3 minutes total cleaning time. It’s so Simple!!! Why bother with rods and jags and brushes? It’s also washable and can be reused over and over.