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Cleaning Rod Guides

An old (but certainly still true) saying among shooters says that more barrels are ruined by improper cleaning than by shooting. Good, properly sized cleaning rod guides enable the cleaning rod with a jag or brush attached to enter the chamber and rifle bore straight and centered. Proper rod guides also prevent the cleaning rod from bowing as it is pushed through the barrel, and they keep solvents and oils from spilling into the action, trigger or onto the stock. These new PMA Tool Rod Guides are sized to closely fit the action so there is no wiggling of the guide body (the guide body and bolt diameters are very close). The rod guide nose extends up into the chamber of the barrel, and is sealed, centered and held in place by a red solvent resistant “O” ring. A blue anodized aluminum “insert” closely sized to the cleaning rod diameter fits into the back of the rod guide and is sealed with double solvent resistant “O” rings.

In use, the insert is slid back on the cleaning rod, the rod tip is inserted into the rod guide and solvent or oil is applied to the patch or brush through the solvent port in the rear of the guide body. The cleaning rod is then started forward and the insert is slid into the guide to center the cleaning rod and block the solvent port. This sequence is very simple, and becomes automatic after just a few tries. There is no need for “lock in” levers or tabs, the “O” rings hold the guide securely in the action.

We worked closely with the guys at PMA Tool during the development of these new rod guides, and the final production product is even better than we thought it could be – simple, excellent centering and guiding of the cleaning rod and affordable.

Most benchrest shooters use two (sometimes three when they also use a paste type cleaner) cleaning rods to save time when they are cleaning between relays at a match. The blue anodized insert will not slide off the cleaning rod past the brush, so purchasing extra inserts for the second or third rod is a good idea. Each rod guide comes with one insert sized for the proper rod for that cartridge. Guides and insert are packaged in a reusable plastic slip case. Select the proper rod guide below by first selecting your action/rifle brand, then the bolt diameter, and finally the cartridge the barrel is chambered for. Many common and custom built action/chamber rod guide combinations are either in stock or available within a few days. Custom rod guides not in stock can be ordered, there will be a short wait time if the custom guide has to be made as a “special” – email or call for details on “custom” guides – you will need the bolt body diameter measured with a dial caliper and the cartridge the barrel is chambered for.


Bat 2-Lug Action Cleaning Rod Guides (bolt diameter .715” to .720”)

CODE: 20-720-000

$55.95
In stock
PMA Tool / 1 guide

These Rod Guides fit all Bat Machine Two Lug Actions that we know of – including the Remington action footprint repeater models.


Bat Machine Three Lug Actions 3L and 3LL (bolt diameter .890” to .900”)

CODE: 20-900-000

$59.95
In stock
PMA Tool / 1 guide

These Rod Guides fit the two models of Bat Machine benchrest actions (model 3L and 3LL).


Remington/Stolle Cleaning Rod Guides (bolt diameter .695” to .700”)

CODE: 20-700-000

$55.95
In stock
PMA Tool / 1 guide

This group of Rod Guides fits Remington 700, 722, Stolle, Ruger bolt action, Winchester M70, Viper and many, many clones and copies.


AR-15 Rod Guides

CODE: 20-950-100

$62.95
In stock
PMA Tool / 1 guide

This is a specialty Rod Guide for the AR-15 family of rifles chambered in 223 Remington/5.56 Nato.


AR-10 Rod Guides

CODE: 20-980-000

$65.95
In stock
PMA Tool / 1 guide

These two specialty Rod Guides fit AR-10 Rifles chambered for 308 Winchester/7.62 Nato or 260 Remington/6.5mm Creedmoor.


Rod Guide Extra Inserts

CODE: 20-600-100

$15.95
In stock
PMA Tool / 1 insert

The inserts below are the same as the inserts which come with each cleaning rod, only a 22 cal. to 6.5mm size and a 7mm and up size at this time.


Custom Cleaning Rod Guides

CODE: 20-990-000

$75.95
In stock
PMA Tool / 1 guide

We can make many rod guides not listed above – both for rifle actions with bolt diameters not listed and for cartridges not listed. We do not make Rod Guides for Rimfire actions at this time, and some cartridges (like the 22 Hornet) are impossible to produce an “O” ring type guide for.

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