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Posted: March 07 2018 at 5:52pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Never took the BoreSnake seriously. Oh, I'd use one to
clear some powder fouling between tests but that was
about the sum of it's usefulness to me. Have a few in
different calibers like a lot of folks but I never really
did the advertised "complete bore cleaning" Hoppes speaks
about until yesterday. Before that I always used either a
solid rod and patch or my well used Otis cable system.
But that touted "160 times more surface area than a
patch" and the prescribed cleaner drops on the head and
oil drops on the tail with one pull intrigued me. I had
to try it out.

Shot some earlier with my 1871 Colt Army Richards & Mason
conversion in .38Spl. 30 rounds of cast rounds. Slight
leading at the breach. Some of my own blended cleaner
spritzed on the head and Rig#2 oil on the tail. First
pass got some lead and the second got it all. Pretty
good. Did a third pass just to be thorough. A clean dry
patch on a rod confirmed a good cleaning with just a
trace of grey showing. One last pass with it in the bore
and then refreshing the cleaner and oil I did the
chambers of the cylinder. Two passes each. Wipe down with
a red shop towel with Rig#2 on it cleaned all the
exterior fouling. A fast wipe down with the Rig#2
dampened microfiber towel and the weapon was spotless in
under 5 minutes.

Later in the day I cleaned the M4 copy with a 22
BoreSnake with my own cleaner and again with Rig#2 oil.
Took a little wiggling and tapping to get the brass
weight down the bore for the first pass but it did
eventually drop out the muzzle. Three passes and I got
trace fouling on a rod mounted patch. A fourth pull with
a fresh drop or two of oil on the tail and the bore was
done. A quick brush of parts and cleaning of the carrier
group and properly lube, reassembled and set in again, 5
minutes.

This is what I took away from the "BoreSnake Experience".

1. It's fast!
2. It's actually quite efficient.
3. It's not a gimmick as I earlier perceived.
4. Very light weight & easily packed.
5. With a small oiler and a small cloth it's a viable day
pack item for shooters.
6. The bit about 160 times more surface ain't hype.
7. And did I mention fast?

Now we all know how fanatical I am about cleaning weapons
I am, but this thing actually works, and works fast! I've
added all the BoreSnakes I had for simple fouling pull
when changing powders in load testing to a carry pouch on
my day pack with an oiler and cleaning rag. There's one
for every caliber I shoot and combined weighs less than
my Otis Tactical Kit.

Yup, I finally took the BoreSnake seriously.
Though not a scrubber like a rod or a tight patch puller
like the Otis, still the BoreSnake is a decent, quick,
and fairly efficient bore cleaning device that packs
small and light. And for a fussy old coot, it impressed
me!

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Posted: March 07 2018 at 7:21pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Glad to hear that Wade. I've used them on shotguns but that is all.
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Posted: March 08 2018 at 6:39am | IP Logged Quote M700

I like them. Take them on some hunting trips - but, if by chance something does get lodged in the barrel, a rod is called for to clear it out.

Other than that, ya, the Bore Snake is just fine for cleaning a barrel. I do like how light and portable they are.

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Posted: March 08 2018 at 10:06am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yeah, I just never took em serious. Just a quick clearing
of powder fouling when testing loads. Y'all know about
the fine points of not allowing different powders to foul
and mix in the bore right? Used to I'd pull an Otis wet
and then dry patch between test loads, but a BoreSnake
with one pass was faster. The Otis cleans great, but is
time consuming. The BoreSnake taught me speed in cleaning
is possible with good results.

Edit: And using Rig #2 oil is icing on the cake. Hey,
anytime I use something that is on the "Not Sold in the
State of California" list just tickles me to death!
Because ANYTHING banned in that leftwing lunatic state is
always great stuff huh?

Edited by Old Ranger on March 08 2018 at 4:44pm


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Posted: March 08 2018 at 4:11pm | IP Logged Quote RECURVE

I like them snakes keep in range bag real handy seem to
last a long time
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Posted: March 08 2018 at 6:21pm | IP Logged Quote rednekpaul

Ol Ranger you just figured out what I`ve been doing for 20+ years My routine, Soak the brush end with whatever solvent/cleaner you think works best. 2 passes with the boresnake, oil the tail for a 3rd pass and you got a clean bore.
Just like anything they need to be cleaned. Put them in a sock, tie off the end and throw them in the washer.
They do wear out and need to be replaced every few years. You can tell when they pull through real easy compare to a new one.
To maximize there use I use a worn out .30 caliber snake in a .270 bore, when that .270 snake is wore out use it on you .257 bores.
Give them a try, they work. Just don`t expect one pass to clean your bore
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Posted: March 08 2018 at 8:19pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yes sir, you're quite right about the three passes. I'm
just amazed how fast they clean a bore. Now I wonder why
it took me so long to take full advantage of em?

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Posted: March 10 2018 at 12:13am | IP Logged Quote hdwhit

I sometimes use a boresnake at the end of a range session. But, I don't regard it as an adequate substitute to a conventional cleaning using a rod, brush, jag and numerous patches.
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Posted: March 10 2018 at 6:49am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

AR? Boresnake? Dare I ask what's next?

For what they are designed to do, they are fantastic. Light and easy for field/ range use. I still keep a rod handy, though, just in case.

Concur 100% about using things banned in California. Might take up casting lead for just that reason...

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Posted: March 10 2018 at 7:49am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Yup, ANYTHING banned by California, or Florida (the east
coast version of Calif.) has to be good!
Heard that both states are drafting laws forbidding
breaking wind while seated claiming it's a use of an
illegal suppressor!

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Posted: March 10 2018 at 5:54pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Old Ranger wrote:
Yup, ANYTHING banned by California, or Florida (the east
coast version of Calif.) has to be good!
Heard that both states are drafting laws forbidding
breaking wind while seated claiming it's a use of an
illegal suppressor!


Not when I do it.   

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Posted: March 11 2018 at 1:45pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

hdwhit wrote:
I sometimes use a boresnake at the end of
a range session. But, I don't regard it as an adequate
substitute to a conventional cleaning using a rod, brush,
jag and numerous patches.


Ya know, that was the way I thought for years. Gotta
scrub the daylights outta the bore to get it clean.
Figured the BoreSnake was kinda a gimmick of sorts and
couldn't clean a bore properly. I mean who could possibly
clean a bore with an overgrown shoestring?
Found out I was wrong. Unless badly fouled with heavy
lead deposits, three passes gets it done to even my
finicky old Drill Sgt standards. Light leading isn't an
issue. But say in my 22 Rough Rider with cheesy Federal
bulk crap .22LR, yes, I need a rod and brush to scrub the
daylights outta the bore! With good quality ammo three
passes and I'm wiping off the powder fouling and oiling
up for assembly and done.

Speaking of the Rough Rider, the painted frame on my old
one was taking a beating with some solvents and was
chipped and peeling in some places. Rig #2 oil does not,
I repeat, does not attack painted surfaces, plating,
anodized metal, plastic or rubber parts. Some oils and
most cleaners will eat stuff up on guns! but not
Rig #2. It's a good easy cleaning agent on it's own.
And Rig #2 oil is a good light machine oil with good
lubrication qualities and keeps nasty old Mr. Rust in his
place. Trusted it, and Rig Grease for decades. And as
mentioned earlier, if not allowed for sale in California,
well boys I call that an endorsement if I ever heard one!


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Posted: March 15 2018 at 11:44am | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

I do mix it up using a wet patch first, then bore snake a couple of times and then oil patch. I can do five or six this way but I am not good in general when it comes to cleaning    Craig

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Posted: April 04 2018 at 9:01am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Craig, I just re-read your post here. That sounds like a
lot of items in play. Patches, rods, BoreSnake, more
patches.

For straight BoreSnake business it's pretty easy to shoot
some aerosol based cleaner like Ballistol, down the bore
and let it soak a bit. Then run the BoreSnake a couple
three times [Texan for three ] and the last run have
some Ballistol squirted on the tail for the final pass
through. Boo-coo quick for this old man
Just sayin' as the kids say these days. I quit telling
folks how to clean weapons when I left the army.

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Posted: April 04 2018 at 1:23pm | IP Logged Quote Desert Eagle41

I only change the first wet patch if needed and I am talking about cleaning 5 or 6 guns at a time. Craig

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Posted: April 04 2018 at 6:20pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

5 or 6 guns at a time? Great Zoikes! That's like every
cartridge handgun I own!

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