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 Can you use a bore snake to clean the barrel
t-rav11  [Member]
6/4/2011 8:12:33 PM
Before I try it I figured I would ask if it was going to have adverse effects.

Thanks
Travis
Wespe  [Team Member]
6/4/2011 8:18:30 PM
Not sure what you think they are meant to clean, but yes they are good for cleaning barrels. A rod and jag is going to do a better job, but a bore snake works great in a pinch.
6530  [Team Member]
6/4/2011 8:21:13 PM
I pull a boresnake through 3-4 times while the barrel's still hot from shooting. Works great.
t-rav11  [Member]
6/4/2011 8:41:45 PM
I have heard that some people don't recommend them. I am thinking of just running some clp on it to clean the bore when needed.
nhsport  [Team Member]
6/4/2011 9:10:27 PM
I wouldn't use one on a hand lapped match barrel but really like them for general cleaning of factory barrels and shotguns.

The length of the snake means that one pull through is going to be about the same as quite a few patches so for quick use they are fast.

For really filthy bores where a super tight patch is usefull they are about useless
Gyrene8490  [Team Member]
6/4/2011 9:10:28 PM
I usually use a cleaning rod with bore brush/patches for the main cleaning (getting all of the copper and fouling out of the bore), and then use the bore snake as a final "get all of the last pieces of dust and thread from the patches and any other tiny crap" pull through. It's probably anal on my part; but it works for me.

Bore snakes work well as a bore cleaner in the field (easier to use, easier to carry than sectional rods).

However, I used to try to use bore snakes as my only bore cleaning option, and they didn't work too well. They left a lot of carbon and fouling in the barrel, which I found out the hard way when I starting using a cleaning rod, brush, and patches again.

If you're just doing a semi-cleaning ("I shot today and I'm going to shoot again tomorrow"), it would be okay; but I wouldn't use them instead of a rod and patches all the time.

Just my own experience. Hope the info helps.
carothers22  [Member]
6/4/2011 10:46:26 PM
I use one they seem to work fine.
cougar69  [Member]
6/4/2011 11:21:26 PM
I`ve been using them for years on all my firearms & my AR has over 2K down the tube & that`s all that i`ve used on it also. More over I can still put 10 out of 10 in a 16X16 paper at 500yds, so I guess the snake is doing it`s job.
Rockyriver  [Team Member]
6/5/2011 10:29:01 AM
I usually use a Dewey Rod, However I use a Boresnake to clean my barrels if out in the field or hunting. They work great.
evenflow  [Member]
6/5/2011 11:24:54 PM
Is anyone elses 22cal boresnake hard to fit through their 5.56 barrel? I really have to pull mine with force to pull it through.
Gregory_K  [Team Member]
6/6/2011 12:48:27 PM
I only use mine for oil removal before shooting. About all they are good for.
Rockyriver  [Team Member]
6/6/2011 8:09:35 PM
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
I only use mine for oil removal before shooting. About all they are good for.


Really !!!

Rockyriver  [Team Member]
6/6/2011 8:42:46 PM
I use 2 Boresnakes when out in the field or where having a long Dewey cleaning rod and jags is just impractical. One Boresnake is marked , "Cleaner" and the other is marked "Oil".
If I get the boresnakes dirty I soak them in non-clorinated brake cleaner when I get home (Do this to keep from cleaning the gun with a dirty snake or your just defeating the purpose).
On the Boresnake marked cleaner I left the brass bristles in the snake, however on the Boresnake marked Oil I removed the brass bristles.
I also carry a small bottle of gun powder solvent or copper and gun powder solvent (Hoppes) to soak the cleaner Boresnake with.
After the barrel sits about 5 minutes with solvent in it I run the cleaner snake thru it several times, and its clean as can be.
I then run a boresnake with some very light oil on it several times. (RemOil).
To see how good this cleans I have tried running a patch on a jag and get very little fouling out afterwards.
I had the OTIS system and it was nice, however I would loose pieces to it all the time when out in the field.
The Boresnakes can be stored in freezer bags and in your backpack or tactical vest very easy. For SHTF or field use these are hard to beat.






Rockyriver  [Team Member]
6/6/2011 8:55:52 PM
Originally Posted By evenflow:
Is anyone elses 22cal boresnake hard to fit through their 5.56 barrel? I really have to pull mine with force to pull it through.


That means its really doing its job on cleaning when its hard to pull thru.
I think people were raised on the old Outers gun cleaner kits where as you just push a patch thru an eye on the end of a rod and you just slide it (the patch) in and out with no resistance.
This does little to actually get carbon and copper fouling out. The more resistance of the patch or in this case the Boresnake on the walls of the barrel means a cleaner bore.
Just my .02 cents worth. And yes mine are very hard to pull thru also.

Gregory_K  [Team Member]
6/7/2011 7:05:34 AM
Originally Posted By Rockyriver:
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
I only use mine for oil removal before shooting. About all they are good for.


Really !!!



QFT.

I keep a USGI kit in my range bag if I even need stuck case removal.
SkagSig40  [Team Member]
6/7/2011 2:44:16 PM
Originally Posted By Rockyriver:
Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
I only use mine for oil removal before shooting. About all they are good for.


Really !!!



Yes really.

They suck compaired to a Dewey rod, jag and brush set up.
SkagSig40  [Team Member]
6/7/2011 2:47:19 PM
Here is a picture of an AR after 300 rounds and cleaned with several passes of the Boresnake. The patch shows all the crap and fouling the Boresnake left behind. The patch was used after scrubing with a broe brush.
Rockyriver  [Team Member]
6/8/2011 10:27:17 PM
You must use a bore cleaner like Hoppes or an equivalent and let it sit, then run a Boresnake. A dry Boresnake is horrible cleaning system.
I mentioned this in a previous post.
I agree that if you use a Jag it is superior, however if out in the field are you going to carry a Dewey rod and jag?
The rods that screw together and then place a jag on it seems to be a little flimsy to me. YMMV
Rockyriver  [Team Member]
6/8/2011 10:29:51 PM
Originally Posted By Rockyriver:
I usually use a Dewey Rod, However I use a Boresnake to clean my barrels if out in the field or hunting. They work great.


This is my previous post, I quoted here above.

afroney  [Member]
6/10/2011 9:45:25 AM
I've always had pretty good luck with boresnakes in terms of "quick" cleaning.

Only downside is heavy duty fouling removal. That's best left to a jag and some heavy duty solvent like Sweets or Hoppes. My boresnakes have only lasted me about a year of heavy use. After that, they start coming apart.
Jus228  [Member]
6/11/2011 5:23:16 PM
I use boresnakes almost exclusively. I don't care about the bore being completely spotless as long as the gun hits what I aim at, which they tend to do whether clean or not.

I'm no benchrest competitor or super consistant shooter so the advantages of a completely clean barrel are wasted on me. My bolt actions will get a thorough cleaning with a cleaning rod once in a while but my pistols and semi-auto military type guns? Boresnake with CLP and that's it.. Gets some carbon fouling out and protects the bore from rust.
dramsey35  [Team Member]
6/11/2011 9:46:06 PM
you can but it wont get all the crap out of th grooves in the rifling
beprepared  [Member]
6/17/2011 11:36:36 AM
Originally Posted By 6530:
I pull a boresnake through 3-4 times while the barrel's still hot from shooting. Works great.


+1. I do the same with all my guns right after I shoot. It is a good idea to pull the snake thru the barrel while it is hot, especially if you've used dirty ammo. This way you've loosened/removed some of the garbage that gets hard when it cools. This will save you time when you get home. I still use a rod and patches/bore brush, but the snake is a good tool to have in your range bag for quickies.
nf9648  [Team Member]
6/22/2011 12:31:26 PM
I use Otis kits exclusively but keep boresnakes handy.
zegermanznew  [Member]
7/18/2011 8:45:26 PM
Originally Posted By nf9648:
I use Otis kits exclusively but keep boresnakes handy.


Im gonna one up you . . . Sorry hahaha

I use Otis kits almost exclusively too, but I keep a Hoppes boresnake in my Otis kit (along with the Otis "worm" and patches).

I find a healthy dose of both works well, if I've shot a lot I do a quick preliminary cleaning at the range before I get home, then I really go to town.

I dont know which one works better really, and I don't care much to find out, being both objects are completely different by design, I expect completely different results out of each.

1000+ rounds and she still looks and functions like brand spankin new.

All I know is when IM done cleaning MY rifle, that shit is CLEEAAANNNNN!!!!! And thats all that matters to me