Snake or Rod?

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by 12fretter, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. 12fretter

    12fretter Member

    Is there a preferred method for bore cleaning? Because of the corrosive ammo for a Mosin Nagant, I was thinking the boresnake would clean better than pads and brushes. Those are fine for all my other firearms, I would suspect, but the big gun gets dirtier than most because of the nature of the ammo.

    Any opinions?
  2. vincent

    vincent New Member

    I use both on the Mosins just to be sure...

  3. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    cleaning rods over snake. i see the snake as a field expidient type of device. one that is easily tucked into a backpack on a hunting trip not for serious cleaning especially with corrosives.

    you get the salts on the snake and your just pulling the salts up and down the bore.

    the best way to clean out corrosives is VERY hot but not boiling water a little bit of soap in a buck stick the muzzle in the soapy water pull rod back and forth with a soft nylon brush or a worn or undersized bore brush. this will pull the hot soapy water up into the bore washing out the salts. the heat makes it dry instantly without rust.

    then run some dry patches and clean as normal with a proper brush solvent and oil.
  4. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter Active Member

    I use this method: soak the snake in your liquid of choice (I like CLP or Remington Bore Cleaner). Pull it through until it is inside the length of the barrel, then let it sit for a few hours. THEN I run it through a few times, THEN I use a brush, then a patch. Patch comes out clean after just a couple times.
  5. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Well-Known Member

    The Snake is something you use when you can't do it correctly.

    The soapy water technique reminds of black powder shooting. Should be effective though.