Using a bore snake to clean

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Beezer, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Beezer

    Beezer New Member

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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?
     
  2. Fred_G

    Fred_G Member

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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.
     

  3. Mercator

    Mercator New Member

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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.
     
  4. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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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.
     
  5. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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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.
     
  6. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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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.
     
  7. Mercator

    Mercator New Member

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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.
     
  8. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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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 .
     
  9. Steel_Talon

    Steel_Talon New Member

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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.