Bore Snake

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by JLRTech, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. JLRTech

    JLRTech New Member

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    This is, no doubt, a silly question... I have been cleaning my Henry Big Boy 45LC in the standard way with brush and patches.
    Bought a bore snake, and the directions mention no solvent. These things aren't used DRY, are they?
     
  2. bamashooter68

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    I have used mine dry and with cleaning solvent. Whichever way you want to use it is fine. Just wash it and let it dry and you are good to go for the next cleaning.
     

  3. JLRTech

    JLRTech New Member

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    Thanks! Got the bore snake because the Henry has a pretty tight seal on the chamber, not much dirt accumulates other than in the barrel. Complete strip & clean each time seemed like I'd be causing excess wear. So, I'm thinking snake after each shooting session and full clean every 200 shots or so. If I'm thinking wrong, someone correct me please!
     
  4. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    That's pretty much what I do with my .243, I don't think I've REALLY cleaned it in a few months. I also doing take very manny rounds with my for it though so I don't really need a major clean after each shoot.
     
  5. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    I love me some bore snakes, handy little tool to have...

    I'll always leave a thin coat of oil in the bbl after cleaning so before I use the gun again, I'll dry it out with a boresnake...with the wire brush taken out...so yes, sometimes I use it dry...

    I still prefer the rod and patch/mop/brush system for deep cleaning but for a quickie I dab a little oil on my snake<---(Free Freudian slip for the next one in this thread...:D)
     
  6. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    Bore snakes cleaning your barrel with a dirty towel. I would get an otis cleaning system over pulling a dirty rag through my gun. The main reason while I will never use them is what to you think happens when a cloth coated in dirt, copper, powder, carbon gets pulled through your chamber? It scrapes that stuff off in the chamber. I have high quality rifles and use high quality products to clean them.
     
  7. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    I will use a "Clean" bore snake out in the field while hunting just to clear the bore of any dirt/dust from walking through the thick brush,etc. But that is the only use I have for them.
    For cleaning any rifle,I will only use the original method-Rod/Patches/Solvent/Oil.
    For clearing a bore of unwanted particles in the field,a bore snake works great.
     
  8. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I have one for my rim fires and use the hell out of it. For the most part it will do more than enough to keep it running just fine. It's about as close as my 22's get to a cleaning till they get around 1K rounds through them. Then I'll take them down and clean them.

    The method seems to work pretty well. I can hit pretty much anything I'm aiming at out to a little over 100 yds. And all but one of my 22's has untold thousands of rounds of bulk ammo spit out of it. Figure it it keeps me hitting golf ball targets at that range I'm in pretty good shape ;)
     
  9. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    I usually put a few drops of ballistol on mine
     
  10. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    I put a patch with solvent on the end
     
  11. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I use a rod and brush with hoppes #9. I use a boresnake instead of a patch. I throw mine in the washing machine every now and then.
     
  12. kalboy26

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    I usually run it through dry a couple times, then put a couple drops of solvent and the end near the string, and then a couple drops of oil at the distal end. That way it gets oiled too. I love the bore snakes though, only tear down my guns completely after a few shooting trips now.
     
  13. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    Hmm. I take Ballistol and spray it directly in the barrel, wait a bit, then bore snake it twice. Looks beautiful after, clean and shiny. I wash the snakes from time to time in a mesh bag.