If you continue doing what you’ve always done, you’ll continue to get the same results you’ve always gotten. When it comes to bore cleaning, that means repeating the same old tedious process using ineffective tools and laborious, redundant steps that take too long and make it a time-consuming chore. Stepping back and taking a holistic look at the process was step one in the development of the Speed Clean System. The goal being to get the job done faster, better and with less effort.

How it all started…

During the testing and development of Bore-Max™ Bore Foam, hundreds of guns were cleaned in order to test real-world effectiveness and performance of this new chemical introduction. As a result, there were some pretty sore arms and shoulders hobbling around the product development department at Real Avid. It didn’t take long before the wheels of innovation began to turn in order to find a way to complete each round of testing faster and easier. By taking a step back and understanding what they were really trying to accomplish and the relevancy of the tools they were using to complete each task some new insights emerged. After multiple iterations the team came up with some creative new designs that got the job done significantly faster than the traditional brushes, jags and patches they began testing with. They then asked themselves, who wouldn’t want to clean their guns faster and easier? Those resulting design innovations are now the Bore-Max Speed Clean System.  

Bore Cleaning Defined – What is the job and why is it important?

First and foremost, we would have to agree that rifling is important. Since its modern development dating as far back as the 16th century, it is commonly accepted that barrel rifling, in all of its forms, twist rates and so on significantly improves the consistent accuracy of a firearm. Fouling build-up within the bore over time reduces the effectiveness of rifling, thus negatively affecting the accuracy and consistency of the gun. This build-up can also reduce the actual bore diameter, resulting in a tighter fit of the bullet thus increasing pressure within the bore and negatively affecting bullet velocity. Speed Clean System

What is fouling?


Carbon fouling is the result of burnt powder expelled from the shell casing each time the gun is fired.  An everyday example of carbon build-up would be the glass stove-top on the oven in your kitchen. When you clean these deposits immediately, they are relatively easy to remove. If you leave them for later however, they are much more difficult to get rid of. Through the continual heating and cooling process, these deposits harden and become more dense requiring abrasives and significant elbow grease to remove. The same thing is happening within the bore of your gun. Carbon builds within the lands and grooves of the bore and continually hardens over time. Additionally, carbon left in the bore can cause pitting and surface degradation, especially with corrosive ammunition.


Most are familiar with bullet forensics or “matching the bullet to the gun” from crime drama’s on TV. Striations on the bullet can be used to identify the gun they were shot from. Those striations are the result of copper that has been scraped off into the rifling lands and grooves while the bullet passes through the bore. Just as the striations on the bullet are consistent, so are the areas within the bore rifling that are creating those marks, thereby depositing super-heated copper within the bore and robbing the gun of the accuracy rifling provides. 

Carbon + Copper Fouling

Carbon and copper fouling are bad enough alone but put them together and they create a real challenge. Within the bore, carbon and copper fouling build-up in layers over time and cumulatively can have a significant impact on a firearms performance if left unchecked. The carbon build-up essentially insulates the copper fouling from the outside in. Carbon layers need to be removed mechanically with a bore brush in order to fully expose the copper layers beneath. Alternately, copper must be chemically dissolved in order to remove it from the bore, as a brush is ineffective at breaking loose these heat-melded deposits.

In summary – The primary purpose of cleaning a bore is to remove all of this residual fouling from the barrel rifling lands and grooves, maximizing the accuracy potential and performance of the gun. 

Bore Brushes 

Although it will soften, carbon fouling does not dissolve effectively in copper solvent. If the copper build-up in the barrel is completely coated with baked-on carbon, the solvent will never penetrate enough to do its job. A metal bristle bore brush is still the most effective way to physically remove carbon build-up in the bore and expose the copper for removal. 

The shortcomings of traditional bore brushes according to Real Avid have been three things. The first being common phosphor bronze brushes break down and dissolve in bore solvent from the end of the bristle inward. This chemical reaction soon renders the brush useless, as the resulting dissolved, and thus shortened bristles no longer engage with the inside of the bore enough to offer any scrubbing effectiveness. Nylon bristles won’t dissolve in solvent but are inadequate at effectively removing carbon. Secondly, the bristle array density on traditional brushes is often so sparse that even remotely effective surface scrubbing is next to impossible and at best extremely time consuming. Lastly, dissolved bronze from the brush in the barrel will leave false-positive fouling indications when running the jag and patch through the bore. This leads you to believe you are removing significant copper build-up while in reality it is just the remains of your dissolved bore brush. 

Jags and Patches

The jag and patch are meant to remove the loosened and dissolved fouling in the lands and grooves along with the spent solvent. One of the problems with traditional jag and square patch combinations is fitment. There seems to be a “close enough” mentality when it comes to sizing the jag diameters for specific bore sizes. Often times specifying a “one size fits many” range of bore sizes which inevitably will be too loose in some bores and too tight in others. Worse yet, it is often up to the user to find the correct combination of patch quantity, size, thickness and shape to successfully travel through the bore without getting seized up. To be most effective the jag and patch should have a consistent compression fit with the bore wall to effectively compress the patch into the lands and grooves to remove loosened and dissolved fouling. An improperly sized jag and patch combination will either get stuck in the bore or be too loose to get down into the rifling grooves. 

Patch Size & Shape – Another issue is the limited size of the square patch. The bigger the patch, the more fouling and solvent can be removed with each pass through the bore. However, due to the tendency of square patches to “bunch” when passed through a bore, the patch size must be kept at a minimum in order to keep from getting stuck in the bore. This square patch in a round hole size limitation results in countless pass-throughs with fresh patches to clear the loosened and dissolved fouling along with soaking up the spent solvent.

Bore Surface Contact – Most traditional jags are designed with a leading edge, which is the thickest portion of the jag. When paired with a square patch it is intended to produce the compression fit within the bore, but then immediately tapers off to allow room in the bore for the bunched-up square patch. This design severely limits the actual compressed bore contact needed to thoroughly clean the rifling grooves and requires multiple passes with a fresh patch to get all the fouling out. 

Introducing the Bore-Max Speed Clean System™

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