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Old 10-15-2021, 09:44 PM
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Cleaned my barrel tonite.



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Used weed whacker line to pull patches with shooter’s choice. Followed up by one pull of bore snake.
Think I will stay away from rod cleaning my barrels.

Barrel had around 75 shots down it.
Put a few qtips with shooter choice down in the chamber some ways let sit few minutes, then proceeded with weed whacker line and patches. Trimmed the patches too. Got a good fit.
Will foul with 3 shots. Before I go hunting again.
Past cleanings and firing at 72 yards. First shot spot on or extremely close. Louder rapport then normal though.
Next 2 shots one right and one low.
Forth shot back to zero.

Probably need to clean other hm2 barrel.
Having too much fun with Nexus scope on setup I did clean.

This third barrel. It still awaits. Not fired by me ever yet.

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Old 10-16-2021, 05:20 AM
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you need a scope for number three!


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Old 10-17-2021, 10:41 AM
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Squirrel1...I'm mentally trying to picture how you attached a cleaning patch to weed whacker line. I'd appreciate your input on this. I do have a stainless steel .17 caliber rod with which I can push patches. Instead, I usually just use the bore snake a couple of times and that seems to maintain the accuracy. The leaves are really coming down on the smaller trees/bushes in the squirrel/deer woods, but many mast trees are still not changing color. The next 10 days for Southern Illinois show temperatures ranging from mid-40s to mid-70s, great for about anything autumn related!
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Old 10-17-2021, 10:56 AM
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A knob is melted on the end of the weed whacker line to hold the patch.
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Old 10-17-2021, 11:02 AM
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A knob is melted on the end of the weed whacker line to hold the patch.
This is exactly what I do. Works perfectly. Heat one end of the line...get it mushy and press against a piece of wood making sure not to go larger that the barrel diameter. Cut the other end on a bias to make it sharp enough to pierce the patch. I pull through the bore until about 1 inch from the action and because it bends I keep the patch outside the action and drip a little cleaner on the patch and then pull through...this keeps the cleaner from going all over the action or stock.
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Old 10-17-2021, 11:11 AM
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I use the patches and the felt plugs sold by patchworm (20/20 concepts)
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:37 PM
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A knob is melted on the end of the weed whacker line to hold the patch.
What size about line do you use?
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Old 10-17-2021, 01:23 PM
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I bought a small spool of Stihl .095 weed whacker line
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Old 10-17-2021, 01:32 PM
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A knob is melted on the end of the weed whacker line to hold the patch.
What size about line do you use?
This one..it is thick so it has more purchase for melting and cutting on the bias for the tip
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Old 10-17-2021, 02:09 PM
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This one..it is thick so it has more purchase for melting and cutting on the bias for the tip

Should work fine, the Stihl is translucent green, but works fine. The plastic line from Harbor Freight, does not work, the end becomes too brittle.
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Old 10-17-2021, 02:17 PM
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A knob is melted on the end of the weed whacker line to hold the patch.
Correct.
Heat end mash against something to put a flange on the end o of whacker line.
Take knife and put real small hole in patch. Push line though.
Then go down barrel.
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Old 10-17-2021, 06:48 PM
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Another great way to avoid the cleaning rod is by using small poly tubing. A company used to sell a kit called the breechway cleaning rod. It's just small diameter poly tubing that you can use to push a patch through the bore. I wet a qtip with sweets, or whatever copper/carbon solvent you like, and push a few of these through the bore, waiting a few min between each. Then a dry qtip, followed by an oily one, and then two more dry... viola its ready to go.
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Old 10-17-2021, 08:22 PM
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Thanks for the input, I'll try a different brand. The stuff I was using was breaking.
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Old 10-17-2021, 09:38 PM
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Ordered another element Nexus 5-20x50 FFP with clean moa reticle tonite. (Just Like Nexus I already have).
So third CZ will have a nicer scope on it. Already have mount/rings I want to use to put the Nexus on 457.
Can check my lilja 22 lr barrel (ejection performance with varying headspace) and my third hm2 barrel out.
May opt for lilja hmr barrel soon. If ammo will become more available. Hmr would only be used after squirrel season for coyotes and few other pest. Not shot much at all. Hurts my ears to shoot.

Be nice if this 457 I have and the third hm2 barrel shoots nice and tight. I like the safety on it better than my 455s.

May try a vudoo too. A lighter rig though with say 18” barrel non bull barrel. Haven’t made up my mind yet. Terribly bad itch though. If you know what I mean.

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20/20 Concepts Patch Worm. Been using it for many many years. He's a sponsor here and has excellent products.

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