TIPS AND TWEAKS
If you prefer to leave your silencer attached, or if it’s fixed, it can be difficult to feed the pull-through past the ‘steps’ of the silencer baffles and its union with the muzzle, into the barrel proper. Get around this by guiding the leadcore loop into the bore via a drinking straw. I slit the straw along its length so I could roll it up into the required diameter to fit the bore.
Also, those felt cleaning pellets Terry mentioned are a great idea,
especially for the initial cleaning. A couple of those shot through dry would remove most of the moisture from the bore, followed by an oiled one to give anti-rust protection, is something that can be done in the field.
I’ll be putting some of these in my kitbag for sure, along with my homemade pull-through, a section of Napier barrel cleaning cloth and a small container of gun oil. A bit of DIY saved the day this time, but I’ve learned my lesson and next time I’ll be fully prepared!