Bore snake question

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by monteros, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. monteros

    monteros New Member

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    I have never used a bore snake before. Just bought one and they seem like a great option, but the question I have is regarding cleaning the actual bore snake itself. I'm assuming that there will be build up on the snake over time. Am I wrong and it never needs a wash itself? Or do you just run it through your washing machine on occasion in washer bag or something?
     
  2. Argyle_Armoring

    Argyle_Armoring New Member

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    You answered your own question.
     

  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    A bore snake is handy for a quick cleaning, does not replace a thorough strip and clean.

    Yep, bag 'em and wash every now and again.

    I have a bore snake that is compatible with each caliber I own.
     
  4. monteros

    monteros New Member

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    Awesome thanks guys! I actually enjoy braking down and cleaning!
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I've never used a boresnake, instead I have an Otis cable bore cleaner and just pull a patch through for a quick clean.
     
  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i like this a lot coupled with a one piece poly rod makes cleaning SUPER easy.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/115057/jp-enterprises-bore-guide-ar-15-556-nato-223-remington

    little on the pricey side but worth every penny if you like your ar15. bore snakes are an ok last resort type thing maybe stuff one in a storage compartment or bottom of a bugout bag but its not even close to using a proper cleaning rod and bore guide. i liken bore snakes to using TP after you use the toilet then put it back on the roll for later...
     
  7. monteros

    monteros New Member

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    Nice, I like that!
     
  8. myname

    myname New Member

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    I wash my boresnakes in a pail with some TSP and hot water. No doubt any good strong detergent would do the trick. I'm just not that wild about putting nasty lead and chemical laden things in our home washing machine.
    When I do a complete cleaning on any of my rifles, I will put some patches through the barrel with strong copper killer and let it sit for a while. Then pull the bore snake through after I get a relatively clean patch pulled through. I put a good bit of preservative oil on the tail of the bore snake first. Before I go shooting rifles, I always run a bore snake through to clean out any excess oil.
    Bore snakes can also be effective as a broken shell extractor.
    Works for me.
     
  9. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    How do you use a bore snake as a broken shell extractor?
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Pull it muzzle first it might pull the broken case out.
     
  11. myname

    myname New Member

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    Yes exactly. Run the bore snake muzzle end first to use for broken shell extractor. When the brush in the bore snake gets to the broken shell casing it will likely pull it out. At least it worked fine for me, on a broken 223 shell.
     
  12. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    Nice, thanks guys! I love bore snakes.