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Old 01-23-2014, 11:55 PM   #1
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I am reading the instructions on the bore snake and it makes no mention of oiling the snake, like you would with a rod and patches.

Are you not supposed to oil a bore snake? Should I oil it up before I run it through? Or should I use the bore snake to clean and rod/patches to oil?



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Old 01-24-2014, 12:34 AM   #2
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I use mine as a cleaner only. Often put some Hoppes #9 on it, and run it through a couple of times. If you want to oil the inside of the barrel, I would use a patch.



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No, don't oil it. Oil after, if you have to (fo long term storage?) The snake is for cleaning only. Wash it in soapy water periodically. To apply oil you will need a cleaning rod (or a wood dowel) and a patch.

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I wouldn't use a bore snake anymore than I had to. When the army issues steel cleaning rods they issue a guide to go with it. Nylon rope will cut a barrel faster than a steel rod.

I used to have a block and tackle that came off a tugboat. Instead of using cable I used a 1 1/2" nylon rope in it. In less than ten years the rope cut through the pulley system.

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I use bore snakes quite a lot, have one for every caliber I own. Been using a bore snake on my .270 Ruger M77 for 10 - 12 years now, still puts venison in the freezer.

YMMV, that is why there are dozens of cleaning systems to choose from.

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I sometimes use cotton clothesline to clean smaller bore

rifles. It soaks up fluid nicely, and also picks up dirt well.

Use string for a leader, soak the line in ATF, once it is

in the barrel, you can use a back-forth motion to help

break loose crud. Then use the same method with solvent.

be careful not to expose the stock or exterior of the

rifle, extra rags are important.

I prefer this on rifles where the chamber end can't easily

take a cleaning rod, like a Garand or Mini. The cheap

manila fiber rope, or clothesline is disposable, once it gets

dirty.

Then do a quick follow-up with a jag and a rag, and you are

ready to oil.

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Fiber rope. Good thinking! I figure you can tie a knot and squeegee the bore. Getting one at the Tru Value today.

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I just used my bore snake a second ago to clean a barrel on a gun I just got I usually hit the first brush section with oil and right where the snake turns fat with oil and run it through once and it usually does the job . Unless your bore looks like a cave with stalagtites and stalagmites with crap growing in it I wouldn't use bore cleaner. But every once in a blue moon I'll put a few drops of that on too before I run it through with oil.

I love me some bore snakes. I'd like to shake the hand of whoever invented them .

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I use a bore snake after every range session, before I put my pistols or rifle away I run a snake through them followed with a light oiled patch of miltec1 or Essox.



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