Boresnake vs. bore brush

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

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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%
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  1. Mr. Tettnanger

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    Don't Boresnakes have copper bristles?
     
  2. CoRoMo

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    The brushes are phosphor bronze.
     
  3. hardluk1

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    No bore snakes. VFG pellets, your cleaner of choice and peice of weedeater line, .095 line with one end mushroomed to slide thru one pellets and pull it thru the bore. Simple and easy to carry to the woods or range. No bore damage ether. Nylon brush for the chamber only anymore.

    Bore snake users would be very suprised how baddly those things work.
     
  4. tarosean

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    A brush harming your rifling? Ive been cleaning barrels for over 35yrs with brushes and never seen such a thing.
     
  5. hentown

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    IF you ever have a Bore Snake break off in your barrel, you'll figure it out for yourself...quickly!! :cool:
     
  6. meanmrmustard

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    Because you've never "seen" it.
     
  7. meanmrmustard

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    Seems fine to me. Less destructive to my bore anyway.
     
  8. Mac Attack

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    I used a boresnake when I need a quick cleaning and use a brush when i want to do a thorough cleaning.
     
  9. GLOOB

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    I try to use only a "boresnake"* for all my small bore rifles. Using Hoppes seems to dissolve all the copper fouling. The patches eventually come clean, anyway. I suppose if I shot cast bullets, I might find a bore snake doesn't quite cut it. I still use a rod and a chamber brush for cleaning the chambers of my rifles.

    * By boresnake, I mean a length of fishing line and a fresh cloth patch. I suppose you could tie a bore brush onto a piece of heavy fishing line, too. So far, I've never needed to.
     
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  10. Chuck Dye

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    I have one 'snake for my CCW that I have never added any fluid to other than bore oil it picks up as it clears the bore of accumulated lint. For cleaning after firing, I rely on mops, brushes, and patches applied with brass attachments on one piece rods.

    My primary reaction to Boresnake vs patches is rather like my reaction to handkerchiefs vs paper tissues: why save and reapply the crud?
     
  11. meanmrmustard

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    They're washable.
     
  12. wgaynor

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    Bought a bore snake and it broke on the first use. Won't buy another one.
     
  13. smalls

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    I run a boresnake through just once after a range session, mostly just to get crap that may get on my clothes off. Bore brush for some serious cleaning.

    Should also add that the only guns I currently own are defensive handguns, so I shoot them, run a boresnake through it, wipe off the exterior, and goes back into my pants.
     
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  14. SouthernYankee

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    I use them both. Brush when I am being thorough and Snake for a quick clean- tune up. So I don't see it as an either or they both perform important yet somewhat different tasks.
     
  15. Bovice

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    I use both. Boresnake for quick cleaning of lesser fouled bores. I find that by keeping up with bore cleaning that the boresnake is all I need for a long time. This is for pistols. For rifles, I don't have any boresnakes.
     
  16. rodinal220

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    For field use I still pack a GI M16 cleaning kit because of the segmented rod,with extra rod pieces.Occasionally someone in the hunting party will get snow,mud in their barrel or a stuck too long reload,and needs poked out.The otis/snake type kits are nice just for cleaning but cannot push out bore obstructions.
     
  17. mljdeckard

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    I use bore snakes on rifles for which I do not have a concern for high accuracy. My SKS, my army M-16 that is already dinged up, no big deal. My 22-250 varmint rifle, I am more careful. I might run a boresnake through it once to store it, but I won't depend on it for serious cleaning.
     
  18. Kyle M.

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    Bore snake for shotguns, bronze brush and patches for rifles/handguns. But that's just me.
     
  19. tarosean

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    True enough.

    What kind of barrel/gun was damaged by a brush that you seen first hand? Got Pics?
     
  20. Spartacus

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    Bore snake for quick cleaning and brush for thorough cleaning.
     
  21. Inebriated

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    I use a boresnake 9 times out of 10. It's quick, simple, and effective. If the boresnake doesn't cut it, I'll just use a cleaning rod. No use comparing the two... they're for different things.
     
  22. 19-3Ben

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    YUP!!! big +1 to this.
     
  23. meanmrmustard

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    Pics? No. But a smith friend, name withheld but from a small town in Macon County Missouri showed my father and I the barrel of a 22-250 that had been cleaned frequently with copper brushes exclusively with something called a Zoom a scope or bore scope...anywho, it was amazing! The edges of the lands where they were supposed to be a crisp corner were actually radiused, which he said was accuracy robbing. Barrel was steel, blued, on a bolt rifle that I believe was a Savage. One mustn't forget possible crown damage.

    He swears by using patches and nylon only. I trust this man. Odds are, he's a better shooter than you, me, and most in between. You don't get that good without research.
     
  24. ceetee

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    I use bore snakes if all I'm trying to do is give them a quick wipe down. If they need a more thorough cleaning, I give the whole bore a shot of foam, chamber to crown. Let the chemicals do their work, and you can usually just patch the crud out. The only time I really use a brush is on the charge holes in a revolver's cylinder.
     
  25. andrewdl007

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    I use a boresnake a majority of the time. Had a shooting instructor who hated them because he claims they hold on to the powder and gunk in the barrel so it just rubs off the next time you use it. I think however especially on shotguns the boresnake is great. Always hated the brass brush and the patches. will use them if i have the time and am inspired to do a serious cleaning.
     
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