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Bore Snakes

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by GunLvrNLearner, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. GunLvrNLearner

    GunLvrNLearner Well-Known Member

    Where do you buy them? And about how much do they cost?
  2. thunderstorm

    thunderstorm Well-Known Member

    Bass Pro, on line, Local Gun store, I have paid anywhere from $14 on sale to $18.
  3. SCKimberFan

    SCKimberFan Well-Known Member

    Most any gun shop. I paid around $15. I like them for a quick clean after a few rounds.
  4. GunLvrNLearner

    GunLvrNLearner Well-Known Member

    Can a bore snake substitute for the total clean? Or do you still need to use brass brushes and patches?

    Boresnakes are same for 357/38/9mm/380 that is basically all same size correct?
  5. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    i don't really remember how much they are, but like the above members said, the gun shops have em, bass pro, even wal-mart. they are awesome, and i have one in every caliber that i shoot.
  6. thunderstorm

    thunderstorm Well-Known Member

    In my opinion NO...... Here is a test after you run a boresnake through then go back with a good Jag and Patch….. I have never had one come out as clean as if I would of done the patch to begin with, don’t get me wrong for a quick clean they are great but nothing beats a good Jag and Patch.

    You are correct.
  7. Crazy Fingers

    Crazy Fingers member

    I think they are one of the greatest firearm inventions of the last 10 years. Just a little thing tha tmakes life easy and makes you wonder why you didn't think of it first.
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You still need a good cleaning rod & brushes.

    They won't do a darn thing to copper jacket fouling.

  9. Crazy Fingers

    Crazy Fingers member

    That's true, but that's why they make foaming bore cleaner! Let it sit until it turns blue, then pull the boresnake through.
  10. thunderstorm

    thunderstorm Well-Known Member

    To clean Bore snakes put them in an old pair of socks and throw in the wash, just don’t tell the wife.
  11. hatchetbearer

    hatchetbearer Well-Known Member

    I love my .30 cal boresnake. good for my .30-06's and all the 7.62 goodness the iron curtain had to offer.
  12. Exmasonite

    Exmasonite Well-Known Member

    i've washed my boresnakes in the dishwasher.
  13. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    They work well, but can't substitute for a good brush scrubbing. In my P229, it's the only thing I use. In my 44, I use a brush and shooter's choice lead remover (because I tend to push lead faster than I should.) The boresnake yields a decent cleanup, but if I need more, it's the rod and brush.
  14. dmazur

    dmazur Well-Known Member

    I had a few for a while. I used them heavily. They got really, really dirty and they were no fun to clean.

    Then I read about a guy that had one break while he was using it. Apparently it is rather difficult to extract one of these devices once it is lodged in the bore...

    So, rather than buy lots and lots of replacements to avoid this situation, I decided I didn't really need a Bore Snake.

    I have full-length cleaning rods for normal use, and a crazy 8" sectioned one for hunting trips. (Which I like because it is about the same size as a bore guide.)

    Nothing wrong with Bore Snakes. Maybe they should be used occasionally, and watch the pull-cord for fraying!
  15. rduckwor

    rduckwor Well-Known Member

    "Then I read about a guy that had one break while he was using it. Apparently it is rather difficult to extract one of these devices once it is lodged in the bore..."

    How could that be possible? Most of them are longer than the rifle/SG bore and 4-5X times the pistol barrel. There would always be something hanging out to pull on.

    I use them on all my pistols and they work fine for me. However, I typically shoot jacketed ammo and not lead.

  16. jocko

    jocko Well-Known Member


    I sure like um, might not do as perfect as a bore clenaer and brush, but for me it does the job. My Smith M & P I hardly clean it as it is my range gun that I shoot often and if anything the bore snake keeps the feed ramp mirror clean and chamber. Nice invvention IMO>
  17. dmazur

    dmazur Well-Known Member

    rduckwor -

    I no longer have any, so I can't confirm this without buying another, but I believe the large diameter portion is definitely less than a 24" rifle barrel length. If the small pull cord breaks at the connection point, you have a problem.

    I've read about Project Boresnake, and I think it's an excellent idea. I doubt there are very many M16's or M4's with long barrels, so there may not be a problem with shorter barrels. Or, as you said, pistols.

    I have varmint rifles, and for me, it just wasn't worth the risk. I think I held one alongside my barrel and said, "Yep. That could be a problem." That was a couple of years ago, so I'm not sure.

    Apologies if I'm wrong. No intent to bash a product with value, just to point out a potential problem area.
  18. Ohio Rifleman

    Ohio Rifleman Well-Known Member

    Have 'em, love 'em. I use a .30 boresnake for my K31 and commie 7.62 guns. And a 9mm/.38 for my Sig P6. I think they are fantastic, might take a few passes if you're using crappy or non-jacketed ammo, but it will do the job, I believe.

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