Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Gunsmithing


Reply

Bore Snake... A better way to clean???

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #8  
Old 12-08-2011, 10:15 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: NY, #50 on the all time best States to live in! and droppin' fast! :)
Posts: 366
Re: Bore Snake... A better way to clean???

I'm with royinidaho on this one. Unless you pull the thing straight out of the bore, you are not doing yourself any favor. This is one of those things one should do the right way EVERY time. Why risk the crown of your barrel to save a minute or two. Get yourself a good bore guide and a coated rod and do the job right.

another thought. When one uses a boresnake, How do you determine when the bore is clean? How does one see the dirt and crud on the dark colored fabric? A white cotton patch won't lie.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-08-2011, 10:29 PM
Edd Edd is online now
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Tulsa
Posts: 1,221
Re: Bore Snake... A better way to clean???

I carry a kit I put together with a few items I bought from Otis.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-08-2011, 10:33 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Texas
Posts: 5,616
Re: Bore Snake... A better way to clean???

I personally find it a good tool to have in the field.

It will not clean as well as a good solvent and rod, but I use them a little different than
some and they realy work for me.

I have one for every rifle that I hunt with and I use them to clean the powder fouling after
each shot. (When I shoot something I like to drag the bore snake through the bore so it
is free of the powder fouling that is rough on the barrel when a shot is fired on top of it)
and it is ready to use again if need be.

I dont use any copper solvent on them I'm just trying to keep the barrel as clean as possible
in the field.

The next time you are at the range, shoot one shot, and use a clean dry patch to push through
the bore and look at it. You will see all of the powder fouling that one shot causes. the snake
will remove 90% of this with just one dry pull through the bore.

Powder fouling is mostly carbon and very abrasive so I try to keep it to a minimum by using
the bore snake.

In bad weather it is a good idea to pull one through the bore before going hunting and then
place a finger glove or balloon over the muzzle.

Just the way I like to use the bore snake.

J E CUSTOM
__________________
"PRESS ON"
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-09-2011, 06:18 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Thunder Basin, WY
Posts: 1,788
Re: Bore Snake... A better way to clean???

My opinion on boresnakes is to only use them for a "quick clean" in a prairie dog town........maybe. Or as previously stated, in an emergency situation where we've got something in the barrel and we don't have a rod with us.

There's really no way IMO to get a snake completly clean and free of fowling/abrasives once it's used, short of alot of soaking and/or washing. I certainly don't want to be dragging a dirty snake through the bore in the hopes it will pull out some fowling........it's probably leaving just as much old crap as it's removing.

As long as we don't use a cleaning rod like we're sawing wood in a lumberjack contest, and so long as we use a bore guide and excercise care near the crown; I firmly believe that brushing with solvent and nylon brush, and swabbing chamber to muzzle with clean patches, gets our barrels the cleanest with the least abount of damage.

Just my .02 cents.

OHH, PS:

I've got one of the ASI barrels on my AR-15. I did not follow the recommended procedure of "snake it clean", and it never shot to my expectations with any brand of factory ammo tried, but In preliminary load testing it showed some extreme potential at 200 yds with Varget and Sierra HP's.
Attached Thumbnails - Click to View Larger
Bore Snake... A better way to clean???-ar-15-varget-200-yds.jpg  
__________________
Aim small = Miss small
SBruce

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-15-2011, 04:48 PM
B23 B23 is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Spokane, Wa.
Posts: 966
Re: Bore Snake... A better way to clean???

I've read to many threads about them breaking off as guys were pulling them thru and not being able to get the remaining piece out of their barrel.

I've read multiple times on different gun/shooting forums about guys in full blown panic mode cause their bore snake broke off inside the bore and they can't or don't know how to get the remaining piece out.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12-15-2011, 05:22 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 20
Re: Bore Snake... A better way to clean???

Bore snakes are great if you just want a quick easy swab of the barrel but I think if you want a good cleaning you have to use a brush and patch.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-08-2012, 07:59 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 20
Re: Bore Snake... A better way to clean???

Quote:
Originally Posted by B23 View Post
I've read to many threads about them breaking off as guys were pulling them Thur and not being able to get the remaining piece out of their barrel.

I've read multiple times on different gun/shooting forums about guys in full blown panic mode cause their bore snake broke off inside the bore and they can't or don't know how to get the remaining piece out.
I just experienced this problem. My snake got stuck and the line broke I couldn't get the remainder out and it took two gunsmiths to finally clear it. Unfortunately this event screwed up the accuracy of my rifle. It used to shoot .50 MOA groups and now it's shooting 1.5" MOA groups. I don't think I'll be using a snake in a long gun again.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Bore Snake... A better way to clean???
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do you hunt with a clean bore? deermaster Muzzleloader Hunting 24 04-15-2014 05:21 PM
Bore Snake...any problems with using? bbush Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics 12 06-16-2011 06:08 PM
clean bore shots ? zookman Long Range Hunting & Shooting 2 01-25-2011 07:00 PM
Is the bore clean ? cva54 The Basics, Starting Out 6 11-30-2009 03:17 PM
Is a bore snake good enough? Troutslayer General Discussion 5 06-06-2005 08:29 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC