This is a discussion on Bore snake or brush within the Maintenance forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; I recently purchased a ruger ranch .223 and with the gun shops reccommendation I also got a bore snake. The snake is sized for .223 ...
I recently purchased a ruger ranch .223 and with the gun shops reccommendation I also got a bore snake. The snake is sized for .223 or .22 rifles. I dont see why I cant use it on my .22 MK-II either. My question is do I still need to use a bore brush if there are no signs of fouling that the snake did not remove. I sure makes the job easy. I put a little hopps solvent on the head of the snake, run it threw a few times and then run a lithtly oiled patch with my rod down the barrel.
For what it's worth, I use the snake at the range for a quick clean. When I get home, the gun gets a good cleaning with jags and brushes. I have a snake for every gun cal. I own but I don't feel that they clean good enough to be put back in the safe without further cleaning. I could be wrong, it's happened before!
I actually use the snakes dry to keep any accumulations down during the session. I know two people who swear by the snake as a bore cleaner and they have bee shooting trouble free but, like the Doc, I clean my guns with brushes and jags. If you like the results you are getting with the snake then there is no need to go any further.
I prefer to use a cable type cleaner rather than a bore snake. Otis and Patch worm are two examples. Bore snakes are good for a quick but not great cleaning job. I found the foaming bore cleaners to be better than the bore snakes.
I agree with the 3 posts previous to this one! Adding to what they have said...when you think about the bore snake seems like a good idea, right? But aren't you dragging crud and debris thorough the bore that accumulated from the previous pull through? Think about that one for a moment!
The foaming bore cleaners really do work well...along with jags and patches! The Otis cable, jag, and patch system is what I use on my M1As for a thorough cleaning. Yes, I have several boresnakes in many calibers for a quickie clean.
When they do, just wash them in warm/hot soapy water. Then I rinse thoroughly, then spin them in the washing machine. Rinse them again, and spin again. Then hang up to dry. Good as new
Thanks Varmiter, I forgot to put that part in my post. I shoot a LOT of lead and have found that if I run the "snake" with some Kroil of Gibbs through the gun before I leave the range, by the time I get home, all the lead and crud comes out really easy with jags and brushes..
I look to the middle ground. I run a wet patch or two through the bore and hit with a brush. Then I finish up with the snake. It's a bit quicker than running 20 clean patches through to clean things up. A clean patch or 3 at the end checks my work.