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 Amazon.com

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.

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Best Rifle Cleaning Rod 2015

Best Rifle Cleaning Rod

So what is the best rifle cleaning rod available?

The best rifle cleaning rod is the Gunslick Pro Carbon Fiber rod. Gunslick Pro carbon fiber cleaning rods are strong, lightweight, straight and ergonomic. The soft and very comfortable handle features ball bearings for ease of rotation. The soft grip is the most comfortable cleaning rod grip that I have felt. And the prices are unbeatable. Gunslick Pro cleaning rods are top quality at an affordable price. Shop Gunslick Pro at Amazon.com

I only use Gunslick Pro carbon fiber cleaning rods because carbon fiber will not harm the bore of a gun. Carbon fiber does not pick up debris (sand, grit, etc) like aluminum rods can which can scratch the bore. Carbon fiber is super strong but will still flex under pressure. They are about half the weight of a steel rod but will last forever.

Tipton also makes nice carbon fiber rifle cleaning rods but they are a little more expensive and the handle is not quite as nice as Gunslick Pro. I have a Gunslick pistol cleaning rod and a rifle cleaning rod. I will not buy any other brand. Once you use a Gunslick Pro rifle cleaning rod, you will know why they are the best.

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Tipton Gun Cleaning Rods

Tipton Gun Cleaning Rods

Tipton gun cleaning rods are an excellent value. They are made well and last a long time. They offer gun cleaning rods in stainless steel and carbon fiber. Tipton offers one piece cleaning rods and 3 piece and in every caliber from .22 to .45. All Tipton cleaning rods feature a ball bearing handle that rotates freely.

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Tipton Carbon Fiber Cleaning Rods

Tipton carbon fiber cleaning rods are simply the best gun cleaning rods. Carbon fiber is the best material for a gun cleaning rod. It will not scratch or wear a barrel even if used carelessly. Carbon fiber also does not embed with sand or grit from the ground like aluminum rods do. And lastly, carbon fiber rods flex greatly but recover to their original shape. Metal rods can bend and become useless.

Tipton Max Force Cleaning Rods

Tipton Max Force cleaning rods are special rods with a sliding/movable handle grip that allows you to put more force on the rod without bending it. You position the handle close to where the bottleneck is and apply more force. The grip/handle will clamp onto the rod in any position. The rod will not bend because the length of rod where the force is being applied is supported and shorter in length. These are great for small bores where the rod is very slender and very long. You can easily use a rifle cleaning rod for pistols.

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Tipton Stainless Steel Cleaning Rods

Tipton stainless steel cleaning rods come in 3-pieces and are available in .22 caliber but can be used for larger calibers. If you want a take-down style cleaning rod that is easy to transport and/or fit into a cleaning case then the 3 piece Tipton is ideal. However it is bare stainless steel and could scratch a gun barrel. Use a bore guide when using anything other than a carbon fiber or coated steel cleaning rod. Carbon fiber is much better and not much more expensive.

Gunslick Carbon Fiber Gun Cleaning Rod Review

The Gunslick carbon fiber cleaning rod is an excellent product. I would give it 5 stars. I have always used J. Dewey cleaning rods in the past and they are one of the best. I decided to try a brand that I thought would not be that great just for a review. I thought the Gunslick rod would be poorly manufactured because it is a high production item from a really large company. But Surprise!

I bought the pistol length carbon fiber rod to test on my Glocks. I like carbon fiber because it’s super light weight and it will not damage the bore or muzzle of a gun. Carbon fiber is too hard for foreign particulates to get embedded too. Carbon fiber does not flex much either. It’s very rigid.

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The Gunslick rod is nicely made with a nice ball bearing handle that fits your hand and it quite comfortable. It’s a top notch cleaning rod. The price was great too…under $25. It’s hard to get a good brass rod for that price and carbon fiber is superior to brass or steel. I even like carbon fiber more than a coated brass rod.

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J. Dewey Cleaning Rods

J. Dewey Mfg makes some of the best quality cleaning rods available. They have been manufacturing cleaning rods and supplies since 1975. All of their products are made in the USA and is a family owned business. They take pride in their products and stand behind them with excellent customer service.

So what exactly does J. Dewey make?

They make everything from coated cleaning rods to jags and patches to chamber cleaning supplies but are best known for cleaning rods. They make Nylon Coated, Stainless Steel, Brass, Copper Eliminator Series and Nylon Coated Pull Through Cables. These come in various sizes for rifles, pistols and shotguns.

The Nylon Coated rods are available in .17, .20, .22, .27, .35, .50 and shotgun sizes. The rods are precision made and coated with a tough Nylon material. Nylon will not allow foreign material (sand, metal, etc) to embed itself into it and it will not damage a steel barrel or brass barrel either. Dewey rods come with a ergonomic handle that fits most hands very well and is quite comfortable. The handle features a ball bearing attachment to the rod for easy and smooth rotation.

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Coated Dewey Cleaning Rods

Please Note that Sinclair International’s TM Solution and Montana X-Treme Solution will attack the nylon coating on Dewey rods. Please do not use these 2 cleaners with Dewey nylon coated rods. I would recommend a carbon fiber rod for these 2 cleaners.

Dewey also makes stainless steel rods for those of you who like them. I’m not crazy about using steel on steel though. If you want the best stainless steel rods then these are it.

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Stainless Steel Dewey Cleaning Rods

I prefer nylon coated rods but I have used brass. If you are careful, a brass rod will do well. Make sure it’s clean before you use it and use a bore guide too. This will prevent the rod from touching the bore. Brass rods come in .22 cal, .27 cal and shotgun.

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Dewey Brass Cleaning Rods

The Dewey Copper Eliminator Series are a nylon coated rod with a chemically resistant aluminum ferrule or tip on the end. It has standard 8/32 threads. This special tip prevents false positive copper readings on patches.

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Copper Eliminator Cleaning Rods

Pull through cables are becoming very popular just like the Bore Snake. They are compact and work extremely well but are a little more time consuming than a rigid rod. You have to feed the cable through the bore, attach the bore brush and then pull it through. Then you have to take off the bore brush, feed the cable through the bore and put it back on to make another pass.Some people like this but not me.

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The coated cable is 750 lb test and 36 inches in length. One end has a sliding pull bead to provide a good grip and leverage to pull. These are very inexpensive, less than $10.

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Dewey Coated Pull Through Cables

The Best Cleaning Rods

The gun cleaning rod is the heart of gun cleaning. It enables you to clean areas of the gun, like the bore, that you cannot reach by hand. It’s an important tool and should not be taken lightly. Remember it comes in close contact with your barrel. You don’t want to use just any gun cleaning rod. Use one that will no only do the job well but also do it safely. A cheap or poorly made cleaning rod could cause damage to your barrel bore and/or muzzle crown and ruin accuracy. You do not want to buy a new barrel because of a cheap cleaning rod.

Here is the danger with some gun cleaning rods. Let’s look at aluminum cleaning rods. Aluminum is soft which could allow dirt granules to get embedded into the surface. Dirt or small sand particles (sand is made of Quartz which is much harder than steel) that are embedded in the cleaning rod could come in contact with the bore and scratch it. This could ruin accuracy. Aluminum rods can also leave shavings inside the bore when it comes in contact with the chamber or muzzle. These shavings if not removed will become fouling after a round is fired. You certainly don’t want to add any more fouling to the bore than already occurring when you fire a round.

Here is an exception regarding aluminum gun cleaning rods. If you are cleaning a shotgun then an aluminum cleaning rod may be OK, since there is no rifling to damage. Most shotguns are smooth bores and so aluminum cleaning rods will work. And even if you were to scratch the inside of a shotgun bore, its unlikely the shot pattern will be affected that much or at all. It’s also easier to push a rod down a 12 gauge barrel without it touching the inside of the barrel.

aluminum cleaning rod

Here is an Aluminum gun cleaning rod kit. They are very inexpensive but are just not the best tool for the job. However if you can prevent the aluminum cleaning rod from touching the barrel, chamber and muzzle than they are totally acceptable. A chamber guide can protect the front of the barrel but I’m not sure how you can 100% protect the muzzle.

Stainless steel cleaning rods should not be used to clean rifle or pistol barrels. Steel against steel is just not ideal. It would be easy to scratch a barrel with a steel cleaning rod. There are better options that are not cost prohibitive. So why chance your gun barrel with a steel cleaning rod? However, coated steel rods are great.

Brass gun cleaning rods are very popular and are good but should be coated to protect the bore. I prefer to not have any metal (even brass) touch the bore with the exception of the bore brush. Nylon coated rods (brass or steel) will protect the bore and muzzle crown from any damage and it prevents any foreign matter from becoming embedded into it. A nylon coated brass/steel rod with a ball bearing handle is a quality setup that will help clean your rifle or pistol and not damage anything in the process. J. Dewey Mfg, Tipton and Pro-Shot make some of the best quality cleaning rods. I have used all of them.

You can shop for gun cleaning rods here…Coated Gun Cleaning Rods at Amazon.com

coated cleaning rod

Here is a competition coated gun cleaning rod. Its very nice. It’s from Pro-Shot. The steel rod is coated with a very tough nylon that will not get embedded with debris. The hard nylon will not harm the gun barrel, chamber or muzzle. A coated cleaning rod is my second choice only to a carbon fiber rod.

dewey cleaning rods

Here are 2 coated Dewey gun cleaning rods. I love Dewey cleaning rods. They are top quality and very reasonably priced at about $35. The handles are fitted on ball bearings to give you effortless spinning when the patch or bore brush engages the barrel rifling. The rod handles are also very comfortable in my hands. The plastic handle is practically indestructible and will last a lifetime.

Carbon Fiber gun cleaning rods are the latest and greatest in cleaning rods. And they are fantastic! Carbon fiber is extremely hard but will not damage metal. It’s also super lightweight and will not allow foreign material to embed itself into the rod.

I have a Gunslick carbon fiber pistol cleaning rod and I love it. Carbon fiber is very stiff yet will flex when enough pressure is exerted. Any type of metal cleaning rod could bend and then become useless but this is not the case with carbon fiber. They will not bend or break and remain straight as an arrow. If you accidentally step on a metal cleaning rod or trip and fall with one, you could end up bending it. A slightly bent cleaning rod is a dangerous tool for firearms.

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Here is my Gunslick carbon fiber gun cleaning rod. It’s a pistol length rod with a ball bearing handle. The handle is very comfortable. I use this cleaning rod on my Glock pistols. The very end is brass where bore brushes and slotted tips screw in place. This brass tip is safe to come in contact with the barrel because it is much softer than barrel steel. Carbon fiber cleaning rods are about the same price as a good coated steel rod. when you have a choice that doesn’t cost you anything, always choose carbon fiber.

I have owned and used many gun cleaning rods in the past 35 years and I can tell you a good one makes a big difference when cleaning rifles. When I was young, I bought the cheap aluminum rods and learned the hard way. I had a Smith & Wesson 586 .357 Mag handgun and managed to scratch the muzzle crown with an aluminum rod that had dirt or sand embedded in it. Accuracy didn’t change (15 yard accuracy only) but knowing I scratched the crown sucked. I threw that rod away and bought a Dewey coated rod. Then a few years ago, I bought carbon fiber rods.