Professionals Choice Cleaning Equpment
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 23/08/2021
I clean a lot of rifles and have been using Professionals Choice cleaning equipment from Hannam’s reloading for the last few months. As a result, I thought it would be a good idea to share my experiences.
There is a range of bare, stainless steel cleaning rods, which come in calibre ranges of .17-.20, .22-6.5 and .270 upwards. I was using the middle .22-6.5mm rod size, which came supplied with a spear point jag in a chosen size. The rod measures 36”/915mm in length and shows a 4.5mm diameter. It’s uncoated and therefore unable to have dirt and debris embedded into its surface, which may abrade your bore. The black aluminium handle is free running on bearings, allowing smooth rotation throughout the stroke without undue effort. With a broad range of jags as well as nylon and bronze brushes available, as well as shotgun and pistol specific gear, all bases are covered.
I was particularly impressed by the patches, which are available in both round or square shapes and a multitude of sizes. They can be purchased in small or large bag quantities from ¾” to 3”. Twill, Knit and Flannel weaves are available, the latter being my favourite. These are quite thin and after assessing which gives the best fit in the barrel (some rifling patterns seem unduly tight regardless of similar bore size), these seem to have a secret. Their woven structure is strong yet incredibly soft and flexible, seemingly melting into the grooves and lands of the bore. They are also absorbent and carry the solvent past the magazine and abutments without leaving drops behind, reaching the barrel with effective ‘lubrication’and cleaning power.
After the patches have taken the primary firing residue away, I use the black nylon brushes for deep cleaning, where the application of aerated solvent and repeated strokes assists with ingrained copper residues. I’m happy with the durability of the 6.5 brushes supplied too, they haven’t degraded or folded any bristles, and with a steel, rather than brass wound core, don’t dissolve and therefore don’t indicate ‘false positives’ themselves.
Inspecting what comes out of the muzzle with every soaked patch after a fixed number of shots and soak time in the barrel, tells me a lot of how a barrel is performing. I found these patches were cleaning barrels more quickly, with fewer used and less soaking time.
I hate cleaning guns and anything that speeds up the process is well worth it in my opinion. Cleaning is a part of shooting too easily ignored until it’s too late, so take a look at the extensive Professionals Choice range and see if it fits your needs.