For 95% of my cleaning I use a patch worm. At the range, I'll use the worm to run a patch or two through the bore before wiping it down and putting it away. The standard length (34") works well in both my American and my Trainer but it will be bit short if you have one of the long-barreled Ultra-Luxes. Not to worry! One of our members (Kitash) tells me the good folks at Patchworm.com will be glad to cut the "worm" extra long for you if you just give them a call. They recommend you get the worm cut to a length 10" longer than your barrel.
I'm thinking maybe a .20 caliber rod would be better. Any thoughts?
Sometimes I do get the urge for a rigorous cleaning and when I do I I like the .20 cal rod solution and use a coated, one piece, rotating rod from Dewey, just like this one:
Note that it comes with a 5 x 40 female thread on the end, and that it comes with a 20 caliber jag
(the proper name of that pointy thing that pushes the patch down the bore). I use the 20 caliber jag to clean my 22 caliber CZ and think it works just fine. If you want the 22 caliber jag, which might be a tight fit, this is the one you want:
You'll note it is threaded 8 x 32. So, to get it to fit on your rod you will need this adapter:
If you want a slotted tip instead of a jag, this is what you want:
Note that Dewey recommends using short (handgun length) brushes when using the .17/.20 rod to clean .22 -- the idea is that the shorter brush length = less friction = less bending of the rod = less chance of scraping the rod against the inside of the bore. Here is the one I use:
Once again, note that is threaded 8 x 32 so you'll need the adapter to get it on the .20 cal rod.
And this is a bore guide:
It slides into the action where your bolt would go and helps protect the rod from being beaten up the ejector. More importantly, it helps confine solvents to the bore area instead of allowing them to drool down into the mag well and other places they don't belong.
Midway doesn't always have the best prices so don't take my links to their site as a recommendation to buy from them (though there is nothing wrong with that either). I just know they have the nice pics.