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Old 09-18-2020, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Drone Bore Mop

I plan on using a shotgun rod and cotton mops (swabs) for drying, cleaning, and oiling my drone bores. I haven't received my pipes yet, a '60's vintage Gillanders set. Anyone have any idea what the bore dimension might be? A 12 gauge bore is nominally 0.73", so I'm assuming a 12 gauge mop will work.

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Old 09-18-2020, 02:39 PM   #2
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This may help:
http://www.bagpipejourney.com/articl...bagpipes.shtml

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Old 09-18-2020, 03:27 PM   #3
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Thank you, Andrew, yes, very helpful!
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Old 09-21-2020, 11:05 AM   #4
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out of fear of scratching the bores, I have shied away from the metal cleaning rods.

I use a plastic recorder cleaning rod and it works really well!

I still use the square or round patches, depending on the bore I'm oiling.
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Old 09-21-2020, 02:34 PM   #5
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out of fear of scratching the bores, I have shied away from the metal cleaning rods.

I use a plastic recorder cleaning rod and it works really well!

I still use the square or round patches, depending on the bore I'm oiling.
I have a few vintage, one-piece, all wood shotgun cleaning rods.
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:24 PM   #6
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Less fussing and posting.

More practice.

Thank me later.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:40 AM   #7
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Less fussing and posting.

More practice.

Thank me later.
You can't practice every hour of every day. As a matter of fact, I learned while studying classical guitar that practicing in small bites was much more effective than marathon practice sessions, what I had formerly done. It takes time for your brain and muscles to consolidate memory of practice sessions.

So, thanks for your advice, anyway.
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:44 AM   #8
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Less fussing and posting.

More practice.

Thank me later.
Same could be said of your reply.
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Old 09-22-2020, 01:09 PM   #9
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jviss,


For what it's worth, I've used (and still using 2 years later) an aluminum shotgun rod (only one section of it) and haven't had any scratching of the bores but I am very careful with it. A piping buddy of mine used to work for a firearm store here in Anchorage and he also said that he'd be worried about the aluminum rod scratching and that they do make an all plastic gun cleaning rod but I haven't been inclined to buy one yet.


I was using the shotgun oil/cleaning swabs to dry out the smaller bores of my drones but learned that small pieces of chamois material actually work much much MUCH better (I cut the chamois pieces to proper size). For the drone tuning chambers I use an old cotton T-Shirt (cut to proper size) pull through swab....and this also worked on my Tube Water Trap (but not the corrugated Bannatyne style tube water trap).



Just an idea for you to ponder over.


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Old 09-22-2020, 01:17 PM   #10
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Thank you! When I get around to it I'm going to make a set of rods specifically for the pipes, of hardwood, with hardwood handles and slotted tips for patches; I have the luxury of a lathe, so it will be a quick and gratifying job. I might even copy the combing and beading that's on my pipes.

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