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Old July 10, 2010, 02:03 PM   #1
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I was cleaning my gun after a day of shooting, and I ran a brush through the barrel, then a patch with cleaning solution. I then ran a dry patch through and of course, the first patch is always filthy. I had an old bore snake, so I figured I would test and run it though once. I then ran another dry patch through and I couldn't believe how clean the patch was. I've always read that you should use the sticks, patches, etc., and avoid bore snakes, but I think Im sold on them. They seem to clean well, and it takes a heck of alot less time. Is there any reason why i shouldn't switch to bore snakes?
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Old July 10, 2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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The advantage of the bore snake is:

convenience & you have a Looong patch to absorb with.

How long did you sit between the wet patch and dry?
Usual cleaning for me after a match ( 88 rounds) is to wet the bore then drive home (3-40 minute) the brush and five more wets, do the chamber abd gas system. the dry the bore.

If new to me firearm the fresh strong cleaner and overnight it or plug and fill for over night.
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Old July 10, 2010, 02:47 PM   #3
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Is there any reson I shouldn't switch to bore snakes?
Only if you like taking longer to clean your guns Seriously though, I've switched over and haven't looked back, but I do keep my rods around, because while the bore snake is great for cleaning, I think it's less so for putting a protective layer of oil into the bore before storage, and for that I still use a conventional rod and patch. Heck even use the snake to clean the magazine tube on my .22s, works great!
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Old July 10, 2010, 04:57 PM   #4
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i use snakes in my rifles and rods and patches in my handguns
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