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Bore snake or cleaning rod for my Colt 6920?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Lone_Sheep_Dog, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Lone_Sheep_Dog

    Lone_Sheep_Dog Well-Known Member

    I know this must have been discussed before, but I have been reading about how cleaning rods can damage a rifle bore. I recently bought a colt 6920 ar15. I am worried about damaging the bore even though the owners manual doesn't mention this at all. It just says to run a cleaning rod through it with no specifics about the process. I have used a one piece cheap cleaning rod on the 6920. I just pushed it through on the breech end, unscrewed the brush, and pulled the empty rod back out. It seemed like it was rubbing against the barrel too much. I paid a fortune for my AR, so I want to be safe.
    I bought a bore snake today for it. Is it really easy to damage a bore? Is this an issue with pistols and wasr 10 ak47's too?
  2. edelbrock

    edelbrock Well-Known Member

    Just get a nice coated rod like a Dewey or a carbon fiber Tipton and you will be fine.
  3. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    It's not that easy to damage the bore, but it can be done. I would return or toss the bore snake; I don't find them useful. Instead, I would get either an Otis kit, which is the current military standard, or a "Patchworm" which is similar in concept but different in details. I have both and both work very well. I find the Patchworm more convenient for most cleaning, but it doesn't have a brush while the Otis system does have a brush.
  4. skipsan

    skipsan Well-Known Member

    I think the answer is both--the Boresnake has its place for swabbing out the bore when there isn't time for a complete and proper cleaning. The Dewey rod (or similar) and appropriate brushes/mops/jags etc, with a proper boreguide is the answer for complete and thorough cleaning. The boreguide, as well as a solvent-port gadget which is very handy are available from Sinclair International (now a Brownells company) for a few dollars.

    Note: there have been so ugly stores on the forums about getting Boresnakes stuck in the bore. Don't even remember how they got them out, but it wasn't a trivial issue. If you use a Boresnake, make sure its properly stretched out before you pull it through and not about to get "bunched up" in the barrel.
  5. chevyforlife21

    chevyforlife21 Well-Known Member

    the boresnake leaves the bore completely clean after 2 passes watch run a patch down the barrel after the boresnake the patch will be completly white and it doesnt damage the crown like a cleaning rod can.
  6. j-easy

    j-easy Well-Known Member

    i love my boresnakes, i also have a tipton carbon fiber cleaning rod for cleaning up after corrosive ammo and it works but it was like 30 bucks and the boresnakes are 10x more convenient and seem to work really well
  7. RM

    RM Well-Known Member

    Boresnake sounds like a good idea, but you still need a cleaning rod to lubricate the barrel after using the Boresnake. Or am I missing something?
  8. j-easy

    j-easy Well-Known Member

    its set up with a brass brush about 1/3 the way down the snake, so i do solvent on the first 1/3 then theres the brush and then oil on the 2nd 1/3 and leave the last 1/3 dry to absorb excess oil
  9. A-FIXER

    A-FIXER Well-Known Member

    LSD,..... You can follow all the good tips but being a easy breakdown rifle just crack the unit open and run the normal bore rod through the rear of the chamber the damage most is of concern is the crown of the bore (when the bullet leaves the barrel it can be off therefore not hit the intended target) you should be good to go with rear cleaning as you do with the bolt type rifles as well......
  10. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    As this is asking for an opinion, then a cleaning rod is my choice. Using a brush/patch combo. And of course..........old #9.
  11. fguffey

    fguffey Well-Known Member

    You push the rod through? seems the barrel would keep the rod straight while the rod is being pushed through, if there is damage, it is done when the cleaning rod flexes and bends before the brush exits, I push the rod through first then attach the brush and pull, pulling will keep the rod straight, then again I make my own version of a bore snake.


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  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Seems the armed forces issue a jointed steel cleaning rod with every M-16!

    There is absolutely positively no way to properly clean the chamber of an AR-15 with a bore snake, and that's the most impotent part of the barrel to clean.

    Get a cleaning rod.

  13. moooose102

    moooose102 Well-Known Member

    personally, i like both. i use the cleaning rod and brush to loosen the gunk, then patches (wet and then dry) to clean with. when it is pretty clean, i finish with 3 pulls of a boresnake. it would take a long time to get that much surface area through the barrel with many small patches.
  14. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    I find bore snakes to be good for initial cleanings, such as right after I finish shooting, but are not good for thorough cleanings. They seem to work best when the gunk in the barrel is still warm.
  15. hotlead

    hotlead Well-Known Member


    IIRC, you can clean a 16 w/a bore snake. Except for the fact the military would not,did not let me.

    Chamber......is the key word. What did you use to clean the chamber?

    Please forgive my dumb.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2009

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