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    Actually, pulling the rod away from the barrel before pulling it forward is REQUIRED as it cannot be pulled straight out. Another cause for the rod being "tight" is buildup of 100+ years of crud in the rod hole. Since you have a later rifle, you will find that there is a clean-out hole under the trigger guard. Get the hole squeaky clean and the rod can be manipulated much easier. As to "in" or "out", rifles, loads, holds, etc. vary. Try what works best for you. As to the rules regarding sights, I'm very sorry to hear that anyone would be so picky, IF the arm is of the period and unaltered. If one arm had a better sight, kudos to the designer and to heck with the others.

    If you remove your trigger guard, be VERY careful so as not to start a chip. Some guards will fall out when the screws are removed, but on higher-grade specimens they can be VERY tight. Unscrew them a partial turn and see iif the guard will wiggle. Usually it is safer to lift the metal at the rear end - most chips occur at the front.
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    Thanks to all for the replies. I was aware that the rod needed to be pulled away from the muzzle in order to clear the stud. And the rod hole is clear. But I was shocked by the sheer force required to bend it outwards - so much force that I was worried about permanently bending the rod. I think I am going to have to dismantle the front end... it is all an implausibly rigid force-fit when the rod is in place.

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    The rods are tempered - one of the inspections involves bending it over a curved oaken form where it is not allowed to take a permanent set. Yes, they CAN be bent, but not by the simple act of being taken in and out. As far as the dirt is concerned - the rod should be free to move (even if only very slightly) when stowed. If you cannot discern a little bit of movement, something is binding. Back to shooting - the rod can affect barrel harmonics, try some groups with and without, if you notice a difference, proceed accordingly.


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