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Boresnake with oil?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WhiteKnight, Sep 28, 2004.

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Do you use solvents on/with your Boresnake?

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  2. No.

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  1. WhiteKnight

    WhiteKnight Member

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    Hoppes says that their Boresnake can be used "with our without cleaning solvents."

    How many of you here using cleaning solvents with/on your Boresnake?

    I am aware that fouling builds up in centerfire rifles very quickly, and is often hard to get out.

    However, I ran the Boresnake that I recently purchased through my .270 (which has about 90 rounds through it and has never been cleaned) and not a single bit of crud came out on the Boresnake. I took out the bolt and looked down the barrel and it looked as clean as a whistle.

    Am I missing something?

    Do I need to add solvent to the Boresnake in order for it to remove the "invisible" fouling?
     
  2. Sistema1927

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    I add a couple of drops of CLP just in front of the brushes, and then pull it through 2 or 3 times. Always seems to work.
     
  3. Bacchus

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    I don't usually use oil on them. I used one a few days ago and the bore looked clean as a whistle.
     
  4. FPrice

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    I generally use my boresnakes immediately after finishing shooting on the range when crud is easier to remove.
     
  5. Dave R

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    I use a squirt of G-96 (CLP equivalent) on the front of the boresnake. Then 3 pulls. I figure that will get rid of all the G-96.
     
  6. Zach S

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    I oil a little just before and on the brushes. Three or four pulls.
     
  7. Valkman

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    I put a little FP-10 on it.
     
  8. XLMiguel

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    I use CLP and 3-5 times thru, works great. I use CLP because it's supposed to Clean, Lube, & Protect all at once. I would tha\ink that plain oil would just spread the crud around.
     
  9. SMLE

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    I pull the bore snake through dry a few times to remove any soft fouling, then use a regular cleaning rod and a patch soaked in solvent. I let the solvent sit for a few minutes then pull through the bore snake again. Since I shoot a lot of mil-surp rifles, I also shoot a fair amount of corrosively primed ammo. In that case, I pull through dry like normal, then pour about a gallon of boiling water down the bore from the chamber. (I even have a nifty Brit Army funnel made just for that purpose.) I then pull through dry again a few times, then I use some oil. I will check the bore every day for several days, pulling it through then re-oiling. When the bore snake starts to get manky, I just wash it.

    I see people all the time saying to use windex for corrosive priming because the ammonia will cut the salt. This is NOT true, WATER is what disolves the salt, and the hotter the better.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. JSR

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    If you look closely when the B-snake is exiting the bbl,you'll see a little puff of powder. I use mine only to remove powder fouling at the range while target shooting or testing loads,and clean conventionally at home.
     
  11. Eskimo Jim

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    I let some solvent drip down the barrel, let it soak for a couple of minutes then run the bore snake down the barrel. I use a toothbrush with solvent on it for the chamber and bolt face, then run a piece of fishing line with an oiled patch on it down the barrel. I take another little patch with oil on it and wipe down the bolt face etc.

    -Jim
     
  12. cratz2

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    When shooting copper through handguns, I clean it with a boresnake and some FP-10. Two or three drops of oil in front of the bristles, the pull it through five times. Snake doesn' look filthy but the bore is usually just about spotless.
     
  13. dghboy315

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    if i'm cleaning on the range, i pull it through dry.

    if i'm cleaning at home, i will use some hoppes 9 on the brush area. now that i have some slip 2000, i'm going to give that a try.
     
  14. Dave R

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    So, has anyone tried using a bore snake--and then doing a conventional (brush & patches) cleaning immediately after?

    I have. Got quite a bit more stuff out of the bore with the conventional cleaning, even after the "dash of CLP and 3 pulls" routine with the bore snake.

    What does that prove? That conventional cleaning cleans "deeper" than a bore snake. Doesn't mean the bore snake isn't useful--just means that a "conventional" cleaning now and then will keep your bore even cleaner.

    I use the bore snake for a "quick clean up" after a short range session, or if I know I'm going to be using the gun again soon.

    I do a conventioal cleaning after a lot of rounds have gone through, or if its been a while since I did a thorough cleaning on that particular firearm.
     
  15. Blackcloud6

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    I almost exclusively use bore snakes. I put a few drops of Hoppes 9 on the brush, run it through. The I spray the tail end of the snake with remoil and run it through to put a light lube in the bore for storage rust prevention. I've been doing this for years. I may occasionally use a rod but I think they can do more harm than good, even the coated ones.

    I think overcleaning is useless. The very first round is going to dirty up the barrel anyways.
     
  16. boofus

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    Sometimes I dunk the snake into a bottle of Hoppes. But usually I just run it through the barrel a few times. The snake isn't going to get the barrel clean enough to run a white patch through, but just enough to get the big pieces of crud out.
     
  17. Cosmoline

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    I use mine with a variety of cleaners, but I have noticed it tends to leave behind the more caked-on crud. I do get better results now that I've started using the 8mm bore snake for my .30 cal rifles.
     
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