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Old 07-01-2014, 06:08 PM #1
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cleaning my barrel

When I used to play, if I had a barrel break you had to remove your barrel and run aww squeegee through it. Now I'm seeing these barrel swabs. Do you still remove your barrel to clean the barrel? Or can you just shove it down the barrel while it's still on the gun?
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:12 PM #2
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It depends. Most of the time, you can just stick the swab in. Occasionally, the ball could have broken too far back in the barrel for the swab to reach, in which case you will need to remove the barrel and push from the back.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:14 PM #3
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I like the exalt swap cause of the squeege and swab combo.
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I like the exalt swap cause of the squeege and swab combo.
I love mine, too. Of course I put water on it so now it's all matted, but still cleans incredibly well. The fluff absorbs the paint, and the rubber back end pulls out the shells and gets any excess the fuzz part might have missed.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:46 AM #5
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I love mine, too. Of course I put water on it so now it's all matted, but still cleans incredibly well. The fluff absorbs the paint, and the rubber back end pulls out the shells and gets any excess the fuzz part might have missed.
Ah, I love mine too. I like to remove my barrel and the rubber end in 1st, this pushes most of the goo out and the swap follows and cleans, leaving your barrel all shiny clean.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:14 AM #6
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When I'm on the field I just use the exalt barrel maid rubber disk first then the actual swab. When I get home I run my barrel through some warm/hot water then take a bomb swab (love these things) to clean the water from the inside
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:21 AM #7
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Swabs can be used with the barrel still on the gun, though I would rather only do this in emergencies since doing this usually fouls up the swab for the rest of the day until you can clean it.

Flexible pull-through squeegees where you have to remove the barrel (or on certain guns, the bolt) are still the standard way of cleaning out a barrel.

They're not as popular as they used to be, but one type of squeegee that used to see more use was the Staight Shot variety, which is a plastic stick with a pivoting neoprene or silicon disc at the end. These can also be used without removing the barrel but aren't as effective as multi-disc pull-throughs and are a bit of a pain to carry around.



Viewloader made a folding version of this but it wasn't particularly effective.

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When I'm on the field I just use the exalt barrel maid rubber disk first then the actual swab.
This is what I use too. Works very well. Also, I wax my barrels and this helps make them easier to clean breaks out of as well.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:48 PM #9
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Thanks for the info guys. Much appreciated. By exalt swab do you mean the barrel maid?
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:55 PM #10
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Thanks for the info guys. Much appreciated. By exalt swab do you mean the barrel maid?
yes they mean barrel maid. i love mine as well. i also carry a rubber pull through. i have rarely ever used either in a game but the few times i have they are a life saver
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To each his own. Do what suits you best. Personally I alter between the methods based on my current scenario. If I am mid game and a ball breaks, I try to shoot away the excess paint. If that fails, I shove a swab down the barrel and clean it (no removal). If I am not playing, I simply remove the barrel and clean it.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:04 AM #12
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You can do both ways. The deal breaker will be if you have a carbon fiber barrel as its not recommened to squeege those.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:00 PM #13
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I still use a straight shot. I just stick it down my jersey behind my neck like a ninja sword. It stays there quite well.
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You can do both ways. The deal breaker will be if you have a carbon fiber barrel as its not recommened to squeege those.
You squeege a DW barrel.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:01 PM #15
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Barrel maids are awesome. I always carry two with me on the field. Rubber squeegee first then swab. Then when I get home I just toss them in the wash the the rest of my clothes. After playing I usually rinse my barrels out with hot water. Great way to clean out the porting.
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You squeege a DW barrel.
Not if you want it to last..
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