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Tim Oltersdorf
06-09-2016, 02:11 PM
I have several handles that I would like to switch around on my cleaning rods. I would like to solicit any hints on 1: How to remove the handles from the rods without destroying either. 2: What is the thread diameter and tpi of Boretec and Dewey rods.
Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated. Tim

Mike Bryant
06-12-2016, 05:26 PM
Tim, you can take the handle off the Dewey by clamping the knob in front of the handle in a vise and then remove the nut that holds the handle on with a screwdriver with the center section of the tip ground out to allow each side of the tip to go over the threaded portion of the rod. Don't know about the Boretech. I had the idea to make a handle for my Dewey rods out of aluminum using sealed ball bearings on each end of the handles and then held in place with the original nut. Never did do it as I switched to the Pro Shot stainless rods and like them very well with very good handles. Any grit that gets on the stainless rod is easily felt and wiped off with a rag.

Tim Oltersdorf
06-13-2016, 11:15 AM
Thanks Mike. I managed to remove the handles by clamping the rod in a vice with two wooden blocks. My rubber soft jaws would not provide enough gripping force. I heated the aluminum in front of the red plastic handle with a soldering iron. Using padded pliers I was easily able to unscrew the handle. I believe the handle threaded portion of the Dewey rod is a 10-32 thread. I will next try to remove the handle of my Boretec rod. The coating on the Boretec rod came off. The Boretec people blamed this on my TK Nollan bore guide. They offer a $10.95 service to recoat the rod with me paying the postage of about $12.00 each way. This is approaching the cost of a new rod. I prefer the handle of the Boretec rod but the Dewey rods have never lost their coating in all my years of using them with TK's bore guides. I will check the threads on the Boretec handle and see if I can put it on the Dewey rod. Thanks Tim

Mike Bryant
06-13-2016, 11:32 AM
Tim, I didn't think about taking the whole handle off, I was just taking off the red plastic knobs. Those handles leave a lot to be desired.

glp
06-14-2016, 11:15 AM
rods and big handles IVY makes a great rod with a large diameter handle.

Boyd Allen
06-14-2016, 12:00 PM
On the Dewey rods, several years back Dewey changed their handles so that they have aluminum races for the bearing balls, instead of the old system where the balls ran directly on the plastic handle material. At the time, I changed my old handle for a new one. We clamped the rod in a vise, between a couple of boards, to protect the coating, and used some vice grips on the aluminum sleeve at the front of the old handle to break loose the threaded connection. The rod threads into that aluminum part a short distance. After cleaning the threads, some epoxy was applied, and the new handle threaded on, and tightened with pliers with padded jaws. I have had that rod since I discovered that the "new" Marksman's Choice (which was renamed Shooter's Choice) was dissolving the celluloid coating of my Parker Hale rod. The nylon coating on the Dewey is still undamaged.

Mike Bryant
06-14-2016, 05:49 PM
On the Dewey rods, several years back Dewey changed their handles so that they have aluminum races for the bearing balls, instead of the old system where the balls ran directly on the plastic handle material. At the time, I changed my old handle for a new one. We clamped the rod in a vise, between a couple of boards, to protect the coating, and used some vice grips on the aluminum sleeve at the front of the old handle to break loose the threaded connection. The rod threads into that aluminum part a short distance. After cleaning the threads, some epoxy was applied, and the new handle threaded on, and tightened with pliers with padded jaws. I have had that rod since I discovered that the "new" Marksman's Choice (which was renamed Shooter's Choice) was dissolving the celluloid coating of my Parker Hale rod. The nylon coating on the Dewey is still undamaged.

If you are going to use a coated rod, I'd suggest changing it pretty regularly. How long to keep it depends upon how much you shoot. No matter how well you keep a coated rod clean, grit will impregnate into the rod over time. Grit that you don't want rubbing on your barrel during cleaning. Mike Conry replaces his Dewey rods once a year. Cheap insurance to prevent damage to new stainless steel barrels.

Fussy1
06-14-2016, 08:36 PM
Thanks for the tip re ProShot rods! I, too prefer uncoated steel rods, and lost mine. :confused:
F1