Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Boresnake vs. bore brush

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kazaam, Sep 21, 2012.

?

Which is better?

Poll closed Oct 21, 2012.
  1. Boresnake

    33 vote(s)
    26.2%
  2. Bore brush

    48 vote(s)
    38.1%
  3. Both

    45 vote(s)
    35.7%
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. kazaam

    kazaam Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2012
    Messages:
    125
    Which is better? YOU decide! :D
     
  2. TimeIsRunninOut

    TimeIsRunninOut Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2009
    Messages:
    186
    I can't say that either is better than the other for my purpose of use, I feel that I did a much more though job if I use my bore brush and patches, but I tend to be lazy with my 22 and use a rifle length bore snake. Either way I use a nasty toothbrush to clean various inside parts additional.
     
  3. 12131

    12131 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2007
    Messages:
    1,541
    Location:
    God's Country (TEXAS)
    Both!:p
     
  4. bubbacrabb

    bubbacrabb Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2010
    Messages:
    353
    Location:
    in the rain... OR
    to me atleast they're apples and oranges. I use a bore snake occasionally after a match, or after a quick shoot at the least, but I dont think anything will ever replace my core cleaning solutions. Brush wrapped in chore boy, or Lewis Lead Remover, many patches with a brass jag. I think nothing gets a bore cleaner than a tight fitting patch and jag. To each their own though. Everyone is most likely going to have a different opinion.
     
  5. TAKtical

    TAKtical Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2012
    Messages:
    654
    Location:
    North east ohio
    I use a bore brush every 3rd cleaning. Boresnake works well enough for me most of the time but it will not get everything.
     
  6. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    1,410
    Location:
    LEXINGTON, KY
    To thoroughly clean a firearm nothing beats a bronze brush and some sort of oil or solvent. At the range or a pistol match I take my trusty Bore Snake to clean out any oil from the bore from storage. Durring long USPSA matches I often clean out the bore and feed ramp with a Bore Snake. At a safe area I feed the brass end through the magwell and out the end of the barrel, this way it cleans the ramp some too.
     
  7. Ehtereon11B

    Ehtereon11B internet infantryman

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    Messages:
    983
    Both. Brushes for my rifles and handguns. For my shotgun I use a bore snake because they are less picky about being clean.
     
  8. NWCP

    NWCP Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2008
    Messages:
    480
    Location:
    Pacific NW
    I'll carry a bore snake in the field, or to the range because it/s so compact. I use my standard cleaning rod at home. Both do a good job.
     
  9. Blackstone

    Blackstone Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2011
    Messages:
    734
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    I use a brush to loosen all the crap in the bore, then follow through with a mop to remove it all.
     
  10. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Messages:
    4,225
    Location:
    Missouri
    Bore snake and patches. If I can keep from peening my rifling, I do so by not using a brush unless its nylon. I don't use copper brushes, ever.
     
  11. Double Vision

    Double Vision Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2010
    Messages:
    511
    Location:
    NJ USA
    I'm pretty fussy about keeping my firearms clean, so I use a brush.
    The Boresnake is fine in a pinch but to me is no substitute for a good cleaning.

    PS - I switched to the Otis system this year and prefer it over the old cleaning rods.
     
  12. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2005
    Messages:
    6,484
    Location:
    Garrettsville, Oh.
    For convenience and a range quickie, the snake is great. For actually CLEANING a bore, it doesn't stand a chance against a traditional brush and patch.
     
  13. jmr40

    jmr40 Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2007
    Messages:
    10,451
    Location:
    Georgia
    A boresnake is OK for quick temporary cleaning but should never be a substitute for a real cleaning with proper tools. There have been know to get stuck in barrels. About the only fix if that happens is a new barrel.
     
  14. Blackstone

    Blackstone Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2011
    Messages:
    734
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Question - what's the actual purpose of the patch? I use a mop in lieu of it, is that the same thing?
     
  15. danweasel

    danweasel Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2008
    Messages:
    649
    Location:
    Alaska
    Hmmm, I clean all my firearm barrels with boresnakes, pretty much exclusively. I do hold them up to the light and they look pristene but maybe, after reading the responses, I could use some cleaning tips?

    What would you guys call the "end all" gun cleaning thread on THR? I would love a link.

    Thanks.
     
  16. Bozwell

    Bozwell Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2011
    Messages:
    345
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I don't know how you would manage to get it stuck in the barrel. You sometimes need to put a bit of muscle into it to overcome friction, but there's nothing for it to get "stuck" on. Edit: Unless you are using the wrong sized snake...

    Dan, I'm not sure you're doing anything wrong. After a few thousand rounds and/or if you shoot cast bullets, you may want to do a deeper cleaning with some stronger chemicals and a bit more scrubbing, but for regular range work the snake is 100% fine.

    Much like there's no magic bullet, there's no magic solvent/tool for cleaning your gun. You can keep a firearm running just fine using a boresnake, if you do your part.
     
  17. Voodoochile

    Voodoochile Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Messages:
    1,144
    Location:
    Central Virginia
    I do both, bore snake when I'm at the range to clean in between sessions & the patch & brush for at home thorough cleaning.
     
  18. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    Cleaning rod and various size brush's.

    Try to throughly clean a carbon fouled bottleneck rifle chamber with a bore snake.
    You can't.

    If it's small enough to drag through the bore, it is way smaller then the chamber.

    rc
     
  19. JoeMal

    JoeMal Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,569
    Location:
    TEXAS
    I prefer snakes for my long guns and brushes for my handguns. It can get a bit cumbersome to run a 4ft. boresnake through a 5" barrel.
     
  20. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Messages:
    4,225
    Location:
    Missouri
    That's what nylon chamber brushes or patches are for. If its big enough for the chamber, it's probably doing a number on you bore. Seen it first hand with copper brushes. No more, thank you.
     
  21. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    Nobody was suggesting you try to drag a chamber brush through the bore.

    Because it would get stuck.

    What I was suggesting is that it takes two different size brushes to clean a rifle chamber & bore.

    And a Boresnake can't do it.

    rc

    rc
     
  22. Beach Nut

    Beach Nut Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    Messages:
    187
    Location:
    North Carolina
    The bore snake is much quicker for me and easier to use but the bore brush is
    does a much more through job of cleaning. So, I guess it depends on how dirty
    the gun I'm cleaning is, was I shooting corrosive ammunition, etc. as far as which
    cleaning tool I use.
     
  23. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2011
    Messages:
    5,093
    Location:
    Tidewater
    Bore snake is made to solve the problem of cleaning the bore of a gun whose breach is blocked by action parts and can't be accessed by a cleaning rod without having to go in from the muzzle. Of course, any firearm can be disassembled far enough to get a rod through at the breach, but for a lot of owners of lever guns and semi-autos this is not practical for routine cleaning.

    With a gun that doesn't present this problem, the bore snake is redundant. But it does make serve as a "between cleanings" make-do.
     
  24. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Messages:
    4,225
    Location:
    Missouri
    But then you're still using two tools, regardless, and the brush does not have 100% contact on all parts of the bore as it goes through. Therefore slower, and messy.. I find the snake works in the bore better, can be soaked with solvent, is washable and doesn't harm my rifling. Good enough for me.
     
  25. Mr. Tettnanger

    Mr. Tettnanger Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2004
    Messages:
    139
    I use both!
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page