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Thread: Brent's Excellent Bore Gophers

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    Brent's Excellent Bore Gophers

    Brent's .45 bore gophers work Great. Wiping between shots is really the better way to go for PPBs and greaser alike. Just a post on how I make these critters and the parts used.

    Getting the forward felt onto the Dewey brush is just an easy push, but getting on the rear felt to go over the threaded end of the brush and the swedge will be a real chore if that felt hole isn't opened up. Two ways that help heaps is to either expand the felt's hole using a greased BBQ skewer or using a leather punch to open it up. Maybe drilling out the hole would work, too.

    I soak the gophers in plain water before using, then flick off the excess just before inserting them into the chamber. I use a 3/8" plain delrin rod to push them past the chamber, then push a 2" patch to meet the gopher and push them both out the barrel and into a pan of water. The initial push on the gopher when it's past the chamber can be quite stiff, but then it usually eases up a lot for the final push down the bore. I like that the stiff push really cleans out the barrel like new. After the shooting day is over, the gophers go into the brass jug which is just plain water with a little dish soap. Back at the ranch, the gophers are rinsed in plain water, then laid out on a few sheets of newspaper to dry off - I'd never leave 'em in the sun - no further cleaning is needed.

    Hope this helps for some folks.


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    Brentís gophers work like a charm.


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    I ran felts over a running drill in my drill press to open them
    up to go over the 8-32 shank of the brushes
    beltfed/arnie

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    Great idea! I need to make myself a bunch of those.
    "Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est."

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    I made some of those with a different Mcmaster carr washer. Mine are the EPDM #9013A012. Same size. I found them quite stiff to push through, although they worked well enough.

    Just for kicks I made up a few with silicone baking sheet material. Punched them out by hand, and sort of centered the middle hole by eye. Not perfect, but for a test they were really good. I used two of them, as they are quite thin, and they work better than the stiffer rubber for this purpose. I think they will last longer too. Time will tell.

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    i think you'll find the #90133A017 oil resistant washers to be not as stiff as the #9013A012 weather resistant ones, and afford a better squeegee action in the tube.

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