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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by gb0399, Mar 18, 2010.

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  1. gb0399

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    Whats your opinion (we all have one) on bore snakes? I've started using one for routine cleanings and I really like it. However, I dont think it is a complete replacement for a good deep cleaning.
     
  2. oneounceload

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    When the string breaks and the bore snake is inside the barrel - (especially a 22 size one), they can be a real PITA to extricate. Even small bore shotguns are real tight to pull through. Otherwise, they seem to do a decent job of getting the bore clean with a little solvent on them
     
  3. Silent Sam

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    I think they work great. I use them right after shooting w/ the barrel warm. Easy to pack. Easy to clean. If you are worried about them breaking, tie a piece of shockcord to the other end long enough so one end of the snake is always out of the barrel.
     
  4. LordDunsany

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    I use boresnakes an my handguns and long guns. I have noticed that the snake I use on the 12ga shotgun is really tough to pull through, like it is oversize for the bore. Haven't noticed that for any of the other snakes, even the .22.

    Anyone else notice this? If so, what is a fix?

    Ron
     
  5. Strahley

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    I love them and own one for every caliber I have
     
  6. HOLY DIVER

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    work great for me
     
  7. dagger dog

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    Great to pack into the backpack for use in the feild, I have several calibers, the Otis systems are just as compact to to carry and are a little better for a thorough cleaning, bu the bore snakes do a decent job.
     
  8. Nico Testosteros

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    i bought a boresnake for a .22. It was really tough to pull through and I gave up trying to pull it. And I am big and strong.

    After reading about boresnakes breaking and getting stuck in barrels, I won't use one. Because that is pretty much the kind of thing that would happen to me and I frustrate easily.
     
  9. AKElroy

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    They break?? Seriously, I never run one through without dipping the leading piece just above the brush in a bottle of Hoppe's #9; I never even have one feel all that taught. I think that adds just enough lubricity to make it easy to pull through. I have them for every caliber & love em'; especially for shotguns.
     
  10. aka108

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    The bore snakes are bound to get pretty filthy after a few uses. How do you clean them? I'd catch holy hell running them thru the washer with some of my wifes stuff.
     
  11. sig220mw

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    Cleaning bore snakes

    I just happened to buy my first bore snake today at Academy and I get on THR and here is this thread......anyway according to the directions on mine, it's a Hoppe's, you're supposed to hand wash it or put it in a mesh bag in the washing machine.

    I bought mine on advice of people on this web site and also from a couple of friends that also shoot a lot. I just hope it works as well as people say.
     
  12. LibShooter

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    I use boresnakes in .22s, .30s and shotguns and they never feel too tight. Maybe it helps to spray the bores with some sort of cleaner/lubricant first. I clean mine by soaking them in a jar of mineral spirits, swishing it around, wringing them out and hanging them up for awhile.
    Does that sound like a good idea?
     
  13. aka108

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    I don't know what would be good but if my wifes's underwear came out from a washing machine smelling like Hoppes No. 9 I'd be, i'm sure, a miseable SOB for sure.
     
  14. CZguy

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    My wife hasn't caught on yet as to why I sometimes don't mind doing laundry.

    There is no smell or any other problems after washing.

    I hang them up to dry.
     
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    Just 'accidently' leave it in your jeans pocket.
     
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    I love boresnakes. I'm slowly accumulating one for every calibe I own.

    I just wash mine with soap and warm water and hang it to dry.
     
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    Boresnakes are the greatest invention since the metallic cartridge!
     
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    I use boresnakes on .22s or for a quick clean on stuff I don't want to attack with a brush. I'd read you don't vigorously go after some .22 rimfire bores with brass brushes, anyway.
     
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    "I don't know what would be good but if my wifes's underwear came out from a washing machine smelling like Hoppes No. 9 I'd be, i'm sure, a miseable SOB for sure."

    Imagine if it was the other way around...
     
  20. Renigeid

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    Love em! One for every cal!
     
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    I love them. They even come color coded!
     
  22. oldfool

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    I thought they were keen, bought several in various calibers, most of which have never been used... used one a couple of times, gave it up
    (also read a post by some poor fella on rimfirecentral who once broke a boresnake inside his 17HMR rifle... ONCE)

    I buy 100 yards of 200# test monofilament saltwater fishing leader from BassPro instead, double over one end for a pull patch w/ short piece of heat shrink tubing from RadioShack... or else use 100# test doubled full length.. 100 yards = 50-100 "snakes" depending on line preference, cheap and disposable (although just one will last for many cleanings, 100 yards will last most folks years)
    real handy for those smallbore 17s and 22s, but could easy double up line on larger cailbers if so inclined

    coils up real small, handy to toss in a ziplock bag w/ some pre-cut patches for range kit, easy to thread in from action end, easy to pull thru
    (just work up to your proper patch size slowly, 1st time for caliber, until you find "just right", when it squeaks just a little bit on the way thru)
    non-abrasive, plenty stout enough, no washing required (ever)
    if one gets a tad dirty, throw it away, cut off another yard or two
    much less length req'd for a handgun, of course, especially convenient for revolvers, 22 revolvers in particular


    PS
    yes, I do have the full assortment of Dewey coated rods & accessories
    just don't have to use them much anymore, only very infrequently

    also "discovered" (when could not find a new 17 rod for new HMR rifle) that heavy weight flyline works "ok" a pinch, you can just tie several patches a few inches apart, pull on thru, whack off dirty end, repeat.. pricier than mono, though, not as easy to push in
     
  23. oldfool

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    double tap
     
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  24. PT1911

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    I am a big fan...they are extremely handy to have at the range or with your cleaning supplies otherwise...
     
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    Genius!
     
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