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Boresnake issue for .22

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Batty67, Oct 3, 2011.

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  1. Batty67

    Batty67 Member

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    I know, on a scale to 1-10 on problems, this is a 1.5 or so. But: I cannot get the boresnake supposedly for a .22 LR down the barrel of my Ruger 10-22. I know they don't need cleaning that often, but I did pay like $12 for the boresnake and it simply does not get more than half-way down the barrel (and I don't try to force it). My .30 works like a charm on my modern M1 carbine.

    Is this a common problem or did I get an overly large and/or mislabeled boresnake?
     
  2. AKElroy

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    How did you get it back out?? I have several boresnakes and several .22's; they are tight but come right out. Are you dipping the brush strip in some Hoppe's first?
     
  3. RaceM

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    If it's that tight you prolly wanna tie a cord to the end, drop the cord through the barrel and pull. Sail twine or similar works.
     
  4. oneounceload

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    drop the cord that came on it through the barrel, make sure there is some solvent on the brush. Stand on the cord and pull the gun up (watch for lights or ceiling fans), as it comes out, drop down, replace your foot and do it again until it clears the barrel.

    They're tight in small bores, but not impossible
     
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    Time to hit the gym if you can't muster up the strength to pull a boresnake down the barrel.
     
  6. Princi

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    I like Boresnakes, but I'm not wild about the embedded brass brushes. So while watching football, I routinely remove them from the 22's. I'm not concerned with the larger bore ones, but I'm more comfortable without the brush on the 22's.
     
  7. W L Johnson

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    Are you sure you got one for a 22? There should be a size marking on the brass piece at the end of the pull cord.
     
  8. Batty67

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    Not sure on the brand, I'm in the office. I think it might be Hoppes, or whatever the "main" brand/maker is. Anyhow, the brass metal piece drops in but the relatively skinny black cord that is attached to the weight that is also attached to the much thicker cleaning fabric (and brass brush) appears to get stuck after 5-6" (the black cord meant to drop through the barrel to pull the thicker cleaning fabric appears to be a little is too thick to pass through more than a few inches). So it does not get even close to making it through the barrel so I can pull it through... No obstructions that I can see, and the rifle performed flawlessly (as a Ruger 10-22 should) on Friday.

    I suppose I can try to tie a string to the weight that pulls the skinny cord that pulles the thicker cleaning rod...but that seems to be getting ridiculous. ANd what do I do if the string breaks with the weight and too-thick pulling cord stuck inside? Sigh...
     
  9. 1KPerDay

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    I'm guessing it's not actually for a .22.

    Did you get it second hand? What color is it?
     
  10. browneu

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    I have the same issue with my bore snake. I can't get it to go through the bore of my CZ452.

    Sent from my LG-P999 using Tapatalk
     
  11. spazman

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    My boresnake goes through with relative ease in the barrel of my Savage 22. The boresnake is green and black checkered. I think they are color coded for the caliber they go with. Mine is also stamped "22" on the brass end.
     
  12. Ultravox

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    I have no issues pulling my bore snake through my Savage .22 rifle. It took a bit of tugging, but it came through.
     
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    I like Boresnakes, but for my .22s, the Patchworm is the way to go. It's a lot of happiness for twelve or so bucks, and fits into the jacket of one's hunting togs. http://20-20.8m.com/patchworm.html
     
  15. Batty67

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    I had fired the rifle flawlessly the day I tried the boresnake. I do have a bore brush for a .22LR and two-part rod but I'd have to pull-out the barrel and bolt/trigger etc from the Hogue stock to use it (nto too hard to do of course). Presuming I only want the bore bursh to go "forward" to the end of the barrel, right? I suppose there could be an obstruction and I should check it, but it more likely seems like, for whatever reason, the cord attached to the brass weight is too thick. I'll check the weight and color when I get home, but I know the package I purchased was labeled for .22...
     
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    Use some weed whacker string with a knot on one end, over a single patch. If the WW string won't go in OK, you have a big problem. It's stiff enough to push from the breech end.
     
  17. Batty67

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    Thanks Popper I'll give that a try. Oh, checked, definately green and black chequered and brass weight is labeled .22. It will also not fit down the business end, like the black nylon cord is just a little too big. I think that might be the problem. Since it is effectively new, I might try to exchange it a wally world.
     
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    How long has it been since you cleaned this rifle, out of curiosity?
     
  19. Batty67

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    I fired a total of 120 rounds through the new rifle that day. So, I just wanted to pull the boresnake through it a few times.
     
  20. BinhThuyUSN

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    Bore Snake thru 22s

    Batty, I have two CZ 22's a 453 and 452. I have two Boresnakes with the 22 stamp on the brass end that you drop thru the barrel from the chamber end. I have put them side by side and one is thicker on the checkered part than the other. The thicker boresnake was a pain to get thru the bore of the 22s. The thin one went thru both 22 barrels without a hitch. I have a CZ 527 223 in my safe and I found that the thicker 22 boresnake works great in that rifle. I have marked the packages the snakes came in so that I don't get them mixed. I use them for a quick cleaning fo the barrels. Nothing beats a good cleaning with a rod, brush and patches.
     
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    The British used a pull through (bore snake) to clean the British .303 Enfield rifle.

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    The problem with the pull through/bore snake is it causes cord wear at the muzzle when it rubs the bore. If you look at the photo above you will see the the British Sgt. holding the rifle at the correct angle and using the "proper" British method.

    Bottom line, a bore snake collects dirt and it will act like sand paper and damage your muzzle and crown and hurt accuracy. Use a cleaning rod and bore guide unless you can protect the muzzle.
     
  22. oldfool

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    ever pull one in two in a 17HMR or 22 rimfire, with not enough cord hanging out to pull it, you will find out in a hurry how hard it is to push a snake

    never been there, done that, but some people have
    convenience goes just so far
     
  23. JohnBT

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    "CZ452"

    They have tight bores, CZ even says so. I use a .17 rod to clean mine. My .22 rimfire rods fit all of my other .22 rifles.

    John
     
  24. StrutStopper

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    Never had a problem with a .22 bore snake in my Marlin 60 or my .223. For serious cleaning i use a rod/brush/patch though.
     
  25. M-Cameron

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    1) its not that difficult to pull a snake straight out of the barrel......so your not going to get any muzzle wear, especially with how little you are going to use it on a .22

    2) you are supposed to wash them, that removes any particles, so you do not get "sandpaper damaging your barrel"

    i love boresnakes.....clean my barrel in under a min......no fuss.
     
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