Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Praise Be!!! I've Seen The Light....

The light at the end of a barrel anyway.

I have now become and ever shall be a member of the Church of the Boresnake. Why? Because I've now had too many borebrushes come apart inside my rifles. That's it, I've had it with brass brushes though I may still use jigs for patches.

Want to ruin your shooting day? Have a brush come apart inside your rifle action. Just pop out of the metal seat and get stuck. It's more fun if the remains of the brush are too large to just tip out. Sure, you can try to push the end of the brush back into the rod, but that doesn't work. You don't want to push too hard because the brush is up against the firing pin. Try to push it into the barrel and get it out at the muzzle, oops, that doesn't work either.

Great, now you're stuck. Looks like a trip to the gunsmith but....your wife's unemployed and you can't justify spending $45. Try one more time. Of course your fingers are too fat to stick in a finger and pull out the brush and you keep getting stuck by the brass anyway. Think, think, think. Ahhh!!! Needle nose pliers! Your life - and money - saver. Just push the brush seat back into the action to steady it and gently insert said pliers and bend the brush out. Success!!! Quickly check the action to see if you damaged anything. No apparent damage. Whew! Breathe now. Apparent damage anyway. Too bad for you, but you can't finance another range trip until the better half gets a new job. Guess you'll have to wait for a while to find out if you've bolloxed up the works.

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