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Old July 9, 2007, 11:55 PM   #1
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Bore Snake or Bore Brush??

Is the Bore Snake the best to use on cleaning your barrell? I have used a brush with a ram rod all my life but the more I read about the Bore Snake I seem to think it might be better, I'm confused!! I can't think that a brass bristled brush could mar the rifleing or any of the cut lans because the barrell's are steel and I have gone through alot of brass bore brushes because they were worn out.

Question #2. I would like your opinion on cotton mops and wool mops? I have always used cotton patches but am considering bore mops instead because they seem to hold together better, I'm still confused with all the technoligy or today. I am from the old school when it comes to cleaning guns but I always finish off with a silicone wipe of the outside and an oily patch in the barrel. Thanks for any and all opinions!!!

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Old July 10, 2007, 07:18 AM   #2
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A rod and a good bronze bristle brush is as good as it gets.
The bore snake is a good item for the tool box at the range. But, it can't compete with the rod and brush, along with solvent/bore paste, for a good bore scrubbing.

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Old July 10, 2007, 09:04 AM   #3
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Martyn4802 is spot on with his reply.

I use a snake at the range and a good rod and brushes at home for my centerfire rifles and pistols. Any rifle or pistol that can leave copper fouling or lead deposits should get a good brushing and cleaning on a regular basis.

My .22s get a few passes with a bore snake and then they are lightly lubed. .22 ammo leaves so little lead that I have found little to be gained by the whole bore brush/ cleaning rods and strict cleaning routine for rimfires.
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Old July 10, 2007, 10:16 AM   #4
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i use the boresnake when im with the military in the field because it saves a lot of time and problems but when we get back and with my own guns i use the proper tools
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Old July 10, 2007, 12:46 PM   #5
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Mike Jones is right about cleaning 22 Rimfire barrels. I do the same as he does. They don't need the bore scrubbing centerfires do.

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Old July 10, 2007, 12:52 PM   #6
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I use a bore snake on my .22 caliber weapons. Its simply easier to use.
I works great. I still bush a brush on everything else.
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Old July 10, 2007, 01:39 PM   #7
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I like Boresnakes.

They work fine for me.
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Old July 10, 2007, 04:08 PM   #8
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Another in agreement with Martyn...snake at the range, brush for really cleaning.
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Old July 10, 2007, 05:48 PM   #9
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Yes, different tools for different jobs.

Boresnake - for very light minimal cleaning - all it does is take the powder & some residue out of the bore. Not a bad idea to do, but was never intended for intensive cleaning - if you put a solvent on a boresnake, it will eat it up.

For real actual cleaning, you need to put solvent in the bore, and scrub it with a brass or nylon brush - this is what gets out the copper & lead fouling (which cannot usually be seen with the naked eye, by the way).

So, if the question is one or the other, forget about boresnakes.
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Old July 10, 2007, 06:22 PM   #10
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I basically agree with the majority here on Boresnakes. I like 'em at the range, but patches and brushes rule the roost in my house for cleaning.

I personally don't like the mops unless I'm cleaning shotguns. In my experience, the mops tend to accumulate grit and gunk that I want out of the barrel...
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Old July 11, 2007, 10:43 AM   #11
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I've never been a fan of Bore Snakes or mops. I prefer to use bore brushes and jags from Kleenbore. I think they make the best brushes available. They're much better than the Outers/Gunslick junk at Wal-Mart.

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Old July 19, 2007, 02:48 PM   #12
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Cleaning Systems

I like the hybrid (Otis cable system). I can pull just a patch through at the range, without breaking down the gun, then use the brush at home. It is particularly good for my semi-auto rifles and revolvers because it goes from chamber to muzzle and the muzzle doesn’t get beaten up with a rod.

I cringe every time I think about the way I used to bang the rod against the crown of my barrels. The front edge of the rod never seemed to join the brush or jag perfectly and the overhang would hit the crown.

I have extra cables so I can keep a brush on one cable and a patch holder on the other. Cleaning goes much quicker when I don’t have to swap back and forth.
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