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Boresnake 14 24.14%
Bore brush 22 37.93%
Both 22 37.93%
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Old September 21, 2012, 12:40 AM   #1
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Boresnake vs. bore brush

Which is better?! YOU decide!
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Old September 21, 2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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Old September 21, 2012, 01:12 AM   #3
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I got a bore snake stuck in a barrel. Hell to remove. Won't do that again.
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Old September 21, 2012, 01:33 AM   #4
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Old September 21, 2012, 02:33 AM   #5
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Only way to do that is to use the wrong size. Look at the package. Look at the color. Read the bore size on the package. You can't get a correct snake stuck in a barrel unless you are doing something wrong or you are too weak to pull it through and you only think it's stuck instead of really being stuck.
Bull. I had a brand new (second time being used) boresnake get stuck halfway down my shotgun barrel. As Baylorattorney said, it was hell to remove. A google search of "boresnake," "viper," and "complaints" will yield a bunch of experiences of the "improved" Viper boresnake breaking. A search for the two terms "boresnake" and "stuck" will show many more of the normal boresnakes snapping.
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Old September 21, 2012, 06:08 AM   #6
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Both have a purpose and place. I can't say that one is better than the other.
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Old September 21, 2012, 06:39 AM   #7
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Steel Chicken shooter- You are dead wrong. I got one for my 223.What a pile of junk. The only good thing about it is ease of carry.
Used it maybe 3 times and gave it to some guy with an AR.

They get stuck a lot. Only way to be sure it won't get stuck is to pre-clean your barrel and at that point,,why use it then
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Old September 21, 2012, 07:12 AM   #8
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I have one for 9mm, .45 and .40 it's been over 3 years. Never had an issue.

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Old September 21, 2012, 07:15 AM   #9
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I suspect the problem crops up more when used in longer barrels such as rifles and shotguns...not so much in pistol length barrels.
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Old September 21, 2012, 09:30 AM   #10
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The only one I had an issue with is the .22 bore snake. I had to tie the pull cord to a door handle and grab the upper and pull like hell to get it through the barrel. The 9, 40 and 45 and 12 gauge work fine.
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Old September 21, 2012, 09:58 AM   #11
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I guess in steelchickenshooter's world, nylon cords never break. That was how a friend of mine had a boresnake stick in his rifle barrel.

Since he told me about that, I ceased using snakes. He, like BaylorAttorney, described a very unpleasant time removing the obstruction.
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Old September 21, 2012, 10:49 AM   #12
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I'm not sure where on the spectrum the Otis kits fall, but I like them. They pack easier than rods, and don't get dirty like the snakes.
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Old September 21, 2012, 12:04 PM   #13
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I have no problems with mine. They work just fine, though certainly not perfect or indestructible. I like using them in rifles better than rods/brushes/patches. YMMV.
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Old September 21, 2012, 01:00 PM   #14
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I found it easier to place CLP in front of the brush and just after.
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Old September 21, 2012, 05:59 PM   #15
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I use bore snakes in rifles such as my M1 Garand and M1A so I don't have to clean them from the muzzle. The others I use a rod and brush
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Old September 22, 2012, 12:02 AM   #16
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Boresnakes do everything I want them to do, and I've never had a problem with one getting stuck. Of course, I use only the proper size ones for the gun I'm cleaning.

If I'm cleaning out a lot of fouling, I use a conventional brass brush and solvent, but for the most part, the bore snake with some eezox added keeps the bore clean and rust free.
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Old September 22, 2012, 12:06 AM   #17
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Boresnakes are good for a quick "debris removal" at the range, or while hunting.

Proper brushes and disposable patches are for a proper cleaning.



And... I hope you weren't trying to incite a riot, since this is the new "9mm vs .45" topic.
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Old September 22, 2012, 12:34 AM   #18
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Ditto to what FrankenMauser posted.
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Old September 22, 2012, 12:37 AM   #19
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Yours broke?

That's strange, I've had mine for 3+ years and I never even felt like it was close to breaking or wearing out. I use the same one for 9mm, 38 special, .40 cal. I suppose only in handguns as my muzzleloader would be too loose.

I wish there were more bristles on mine, my favorite feature is that I can repeatedly floss back and forth with the cloth portion if everything has been loosened up first and the bore comes out shiny.
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Old September 22, 2012, 08:28 AM   #20
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Brush.
Why?
Every time I've used a boresnake I can get more crud out afterwards with a brush.
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Old September 22, 2012, 08:22 PM   #21
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I use both. I have a lever action rifle that the bore snake enables easy cleaning from the breach, where a brush doesn't allow.
I tend to use the bore snake as a quick cleaner & the brush for a more serious cleaning session.
I have bore snakes in .17, .22 & .30 caliber. The .17 bore snake is the only really tight fitting bore snake that I own, & it does sometimes feel like it may break in my .17hmr. To alleviate the problem I crimped the wire brush part of the bore snake with pliers & this made it a bit easier to pull through.
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Old September 23, 2012, 01:53 AM   #22
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Boresnakes are like using wood dowels for slugging a barrel. They work great until they break.
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Old September 25, 2012, 03:59 PM   #23
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Patch worm ... small, multiple calibers, cheap, easy to store or transport.
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Old September 25, 2012, 10:45 PM   #24
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I make a bore snake, impossible to stick in the barrel, there is something that can be said for cleaning the barrel from one end to the other at the same time, it beats the patch on the end of the cleaning rod.

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Old September 26, 2012, 03:32 AM   #25
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I straddled the fence on those bore snakes a long time. I didn't want one for serious cleaning, just a quick removal of loose debris, cobwebs, and whatever else may have found it's way in there. I feel like I cheated the odds- I buy one caliber smaller than the rifle it's intended for, ie: .17/20 cal for .223 rifles and pistols, 7mm for .30 cals, and .40 for .45's. I never expected to use one for serious cleaning anyhow, so they serve my purposes.
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