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I’ve always been under the impression that reversing directions while still inside the barrel was bad practice and ruined the brushes. I’ve always pushed all the way thru and then back. I’m not really sure where I heard that or if it’s even true but that’s how I learned to clean a barrel.
Reversing does tend to make the brush not as tight (aka less friction and less cleaning). However, its also really good at getting stuck on junk out of the barrel. Funny enough, I believe Atlas said you should never have to clean a pistol barrel (though they also stated shooting a jacketed bullet should "clean" the rifling if you shoot other types) - would need to look it up to confirm exactly what they say
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