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Re: Cleaning rod vs. Ramrod
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 29 September 2012, at 12:43 p.m., in response to Re: Cleaning rod vs. Ramrod, posted by John Gross on Saturday, 29 September 2012, at 11:27 a.m.
Obviously, after the Model 1865, its' function was cleaning - and mainly in the field; since wooden rods were normally used in garrison. The "ram" designation was not based on ramming out an obstruction (though that clearly is a side use) but rather on pounding home the main charge. After 300+ years, and countless generations, old terms die hard.
I try to use cleaning rod, but occasionally slip - often I just say "rod". There is no ironclad agreement or protocol, of which I am aware.
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