I don't think its necessary.
But thousands swear by it.
There's been a couple of barrel makers that think it's a good idea. That's 'cause lots of people clean barrel wrong and wear them out too fast. So they'll be able to sell more barrels that way.
Bore snake? Personally, I think they're one of the best jokes or myths in the firearms industry since someone claimed rimless bottleneck cartridges lay in the bottom of the chamber when fired.
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