If it is too short for a M44 I would try to take it back and exchange it for a longer one. If you can't even clean a carbine with it is is useless.
+1 for the Tipton.and order a Tipton Carbon Fiber 1 piece rod from www.midwayusa.com. The one that I use is the Cal. 27-45, 40" long. Item Number 164-517, $33.49. This is the best cleaning rod I have ever used. They also have Nickel Plated cleaning Jags. Good stuff! Bob
I don't see what your problem is, you are making more of it then what it is.......just clean it from the muzzle end to the chamber end, if you have a rod that is coated you aren't going to damage the muzzle.I can actually get the end of a patch to peek through the end of the barrel; it's just a matter of it going that final half inch.