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Old February 13th, 2011, 07:10 PM   #1
 
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Boresnake or not?

I would like to try out Hoppies Boresnake to rid an M1 carbine bore of copper fouling. The configuration of this gun allows access to the breech of only a 2 inch long opening in which to feed the snake down the bore.

I'm wondering if a boresnake will work in my case. Hope some of you boresnakers will give me your opinion, lest I waste $25 on one.

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Old February 14th, 2011, 05:52 AM   #2
 
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i use a bore snake on my 10/22 and love it. just drop some Hoppes #9 on the snake run it down the bore a few times then add some oil on the tail end of it and run that down a few times and boom your done. I love mine. really does work. but that dont replace the cleaning that it needs with a jag and a patch.. Hope this helps for ya..
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I use them at the range for a quick cleaning, but always do a more thorough cleaning later. This way I get the fouling out before it cakes in.
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A Bore Snake is a quick “Better than nothing” type cleaning. It is NOT going to clean copper fouling out of a barrel unless you wear it and your arm out pulling it through over and over. You need to find a good copper solvent and read the directions on it and follow them to the T. That is the only way to get rid of copper fouling for real.
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I love bore snakes.. I have one for every ccaliber I have less .45...
They are worth their weight in silver and should only run you about $15-17..
You could get the "Viper" bore snake that has 3 brushes instead of 2, and that will run your about $25...

As far as getting the copper out goes the bore snake might not cut it...

Go grab your self some wipe out, or patch out solvent (or get them both!) let it sit in the bore over night and then run your bore snake through it a couple or 10 times... wash your bore snake (hit it with gun scrubber or brake cleaner or something like that and then dry.. mop your bore with the patch out or (fill your barrel up with wipe out) and let it sit over night and then run the bore snake through it a couple more times and you should be good to go..
Clean your bore snake and then use it regularly to keep the fouling down...

With the wipe out or patch out you should never need a brush again. Check out the Patch worm.. cheaper than a bore snake minus the brushes...
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A Bore Snake is a quick “Better than nothing” type cleaning. It is NOT going to clean copper fouling out of a barrel unless you wear it and your arm out pulling it through over and over. You need to find a good copper solvent and read the directions on it and follow them to the T. That is the only way to get rid of copper fouling for real.
+1 on this post!

And I also agree with the post that precedes it. I use my boresnakes dry and at the range for in between cleanings. Copper and lead fouling require greater and more precise efforts to achieve maximum results.
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Some good replies already. Thanks much. "Wipe Out" solvent seems a good tip. That, with the Bore Snake (or Patch Worm) or brushing to follow seems like a good plan for me. I'm remain indebted to this forum and it's friendly and knowledgeable inhabitants.

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I use bore snakes for field cleaning and "in between" complete cleanings. Packs easily and does the job
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I like Patch worm the best.

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I love my boresnakes, especially for my shotguns. i always have on in my pack when im out, they have saved the day more then once from snow or mud in the barrel that otherwise would have ended the day for me.
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I bought a bore snake for my 20 gauge and love it for quick cleanings. I plan on buying more.
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In a move to support our troops stationed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, H****s has donated over 5,000 cleaning kits with boresnake to United States Marine Corps servicemen and women. In the dust and dirt of Iraq and harsh and gritty conditions in Afghanistan, keeping their service rifles clean is nearly a full time job for our soldiers.

The H***’s BoreSnake Soft-Sided Gun Cleaning Kit allows soldiers to quickly clean the bore of their weapon and get it back in to service. The BoreSnake’s one-pass design loosens large particles, scrubs out the remaining residue with a bronze brush and then swabs it spotless with a cleaning area that is 160 times larger than a standard patch. The patented product is also small and lightweight for easy transportation in the field.
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When deer hunting it packs light and would be handy if an accidental bore obstruction occurs. Never know when you may lose footing in hill country.
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I keep a boresnake in the stock compartment of my Bushmaster. Don't leave home without it!
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I love bore snakes.. I have one for every ccaliber I have less .45...
They are worth their weight in silver and should only run you about $15-17.
I too have one for every caliber I own. They are handy in the field, and stow nicely in a "BOB". (Bug out bag)
They may not be the best cleaning method available, but they sure are convenient, and beat the heck out of having nothing.
-Bruce
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