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    New 45-70 and I'm lost....

    Ok so I just could not stop myself. I tried and tried and god help her so did my wife, however this little bugger would not stop following me around Cabelas and I just had to bring her home. I landed myself into a Marlin Guide 1895 in 45-70. I actually didn't have anything in my kits for a bore this size. I now do. However I am very unhappy with what I came home with for cleaning stuff. I bought a hopes bore snake. It works ok for what they are. I also bought a .45 cal brass brush from gun slick and a mop. And some patches.

    The brush just doesn't seem to really go in tight enough to do much good. The patches are ok. I may need a .45 swag to make them a tighter fit. Right now I forgot that and used a .30 and it was Soso.

    I was wondering if any of you more senior lever action guys have found a better brush? Or is a .50 cal brush better suited? Just in case anyone asks, yes I checked the stamp on the brush and its right. It just has so very very little friction. This is actually the first time I have ever run into a brush set up being so poorly matched.
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    I've been thinking of that exact gun lately. A great gun for timber hunting.

    I can't help with the brush. I use Eliminator solvent, and it eats copper brushes, so I use a bristle brush.

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    I use .45 cal brushes all the time in my .45 LC pistols & rifles for cowboy shooting. I use brass brushes and ballistol for cleaning....I shoot black powder so the solvent has to be water based. I think Otters is the brand and make sure you get the rifle brush as it is longer.

    45-70 is a really great caliber for elk & larger animals. I used 3031 powder & and a 400 gr slug for awhile in mine, before I switched to BP. I had a Sharps replica, it was a single shot. I did kill an elk with mine...one shot and down it went. I have shot the Marlin you bought, the only problem I see is that it whacks you pretty good. My Sharps was pretty heavy and really fun to shoot, can't say the same for the Marlin.

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    30 cal brush and a limbsaver recoil pad.

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    How does a .30 cal brush work in a .45 bore?

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    Well I am not sure but I wouldn't have to worry about too much friction! Lol. Or was I supposed to stuff the recoil pad in there also?
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    Get a 475/480 brush from Brownells won't fold over as bad as a 50 and fits just right.

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    That sounds like a pretty solid idea. I will let you know how it works as soon as I get one. Save the .45 rifle brush for something else down the road that follows me home!
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    Are you sure the brush you bought was really a .45 cal brush? Not what it was marked, but what it measured. I'm a muzzleloader, and shoot .45,50, and .54 cal guns. The brushes made for those bores fit very tight.

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    I don't have a caliper to measure but by raw comparison it fits the same as my .40 brush does. Could have myself a misprint! Maybe if I save it it could have collectors value down the road, haha. Or just get a new one. It's labeled .45 and the little tube said .45 rifle. I was just curious more about the experience of others. Was curious if by some chance a 45-70 was a slightly larger bore than a standard .45 and if that was playing into the equation. However after seeing e brush I have fit the same as a .40 cal brush it leads me to think along the lines you did OH.
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