Bore Snakes....

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Bore Snakes....

Post by jrudicel » 03 Jan 2009, 17:13

Just curious for those of you using Bore Snakes... I picked one up today thinking it would be alot easier ,and maybe better, than using the rods and patches etc. I didnt notice that I grabbed one for a .22,.223, 5.56 RIFLE and not handgun. Any difference other than length? Should I get the pistol one instead for any reason?
Lastly, instructions dont say anything about putting any cleaner or oil on them. What exactly is your cleaning proceedure as far as cleaners and oil etc while using the snake as well as on the rest of the gun? Thanks alot guys!

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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by jmz5 » 03 Jan 2009, 17:19

The pistol version is just shorter, I have a couple and use them from time to time, but I prefer to use my otis cleaning kit most of the time.
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Post by stg2ahn » 03 Jan 2009, 18:01

Pistol ones are still long enough for rifles like mp5s, cx4s and keltecs; or regular pistolsl.
Get one, you won't regret it.

2 runs thru the barrel and your barrel will look brand spanking new.

remember that if you use a rod, it can damage your bore, unless you use a dewey rod.
Dewey rod or a plastic rod is much safer on a bore.

I hate those cheapo brass rods, they bent easily and aren't durable.
You still need rods to pop out stuck casings sometimes.

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Post by Rapier1772 » 03 Jan 2009, 19:54

What about using cleaners? I haven't put any cleaner on my snakes as yet, I didn't think they needed it. They clean by surface contact right? About 200x more surface contact than a swab isn't it? I use the snakes but always do a full tear down & thorough cleaning with swabs at the end of the day anyway, leaves a fresh coat of Hoppes inside the barrel.
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Post by Grantness » 03 Jan 2009, 20:18

I spray the front 1/4 of my bore snake with a little bit of CLP or Hoppes Elite, then on my last rast run through (usually 3rd or 4th) I apply just a wee bit of gun lube near the end of the snake.

If you're gonna be using cleaners (and really even if you arent) it'd be a good idea to clean the thing (i believe there are instruction included) either by hand or in a washing machine after a dozen cleanings or so.

Oh, and I prefer the rifle snake because its longer... therefore you get more cleaning surface area per run.

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Post by jrudicel » 03 Jan 2009, 20:34

Thanks for everyones input! Appreciate it.

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Post by MrSlippyFist » 03 Jan 2009, 21:25

I found the pistol one to be too short for rifle barrels. But that's most likely because I'm not allowed to have the fun short barrels that everyone else gets. I would recommend getting rifle length and using that on all weapons that it will fit, the more snake going thru your barrel the fewer times you have to run it thru.
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Post by sharp » 03 Jan 2009, 23:32

I usually run a wet patch through the bore first just to clean any particles out and get the bore a bit wet, then run the snake through. When the snake gets too dirty, I'll clean it by putting the snake into an old sock and throwing it into the washing machine.

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Post by bobapunk » 04 Jan 2009, 07:44

I snake the barrel 3 times and then run a patch of CLP or Hopps or Birchwood Casey Synthetic oil followed by 2 or 3 dry patches to remove any excess oil. I have a whole kit of swabs and brass brushes that I hardly ever use. Bore snakes are just better and faster.

BTW, I use the .223/5.56 rifle snake with my FsN pistol.
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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by gw45acp » 04 Jan 2009, 11:15

I use a rifle length Bore Snake for my P22, USG and PS90. I mainly use mine at the range to make cleaning a little easier when I get home. I also have them for 40, 44 and 45.
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Post by Cyberfly » 05 Jan 2009, 08:24

I use a rifle bore snake for both the pistol and the PS90. I use Rem Oil simply because it can be used as a cleaner and a lubricant and it has Teflon. It's not as thick as Hoppes oil and the PS90 Manual made it pretty clear that the carbine really needed a minimal amount of lubrication. I do use a gun oil for the FsN though and the RemOil to clean it. Lots and lots of Q-tips for the cracks and crevices of the FsN where debris and dust can get to.
Gotta love that bore snake though. After I broke the rod that my FsN came with, that bore snake became my best new friend! :thumb:
I usually spray a gob down the barrel, run the bore snake through once or twice, then spray the snake down (about a quarter) and run it through another time or two, and call it done.
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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by DarkWater » 05 Jan 2009, 09:19

does it make sense to get the otis elite kit? I saw some website that had it for ~ $85, very close to what most other sites sell the P90 kits for...
so far I have been just using my boresnake, which has been working beautifully. maybe get another one - one for the dirty work, and one for the final cleaning?

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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by jmz5 » 05 Jan 2009, 09:23

I have the $40ish version, it works great.
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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by Cyberfly » 05 Jan 2009, 09:24

Otis Elite? Is that the kit that cleans everything from the .17 to the .50? They sell something like that at Wal Mart for like $42. I almost got one last night, but passed it up.
Ya only need one bore snake. I can't imagine needing two unless you are shooting TONS of Wolf ammo or something.
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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by jmz5 » 05 Jan 2009, 09:25

This is the exact one I have.

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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by Wollychop » 05 Jan 2009, 09:30

A bore snake fits nicely in the little cleaning kit area on a PS90 along with a little bottle of CLP.

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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by DarkWater » 05 Jan 2009, 09:43

cyber, yeah, the elite kit seems to be the one size fits all kit. jmz linked to one that has the basic setup for all bores, but the elite kit has bunch of other stuff.

As all I have right now is the boresnake and the kit that came with the FsN, I'm wondering if I want to plunk down the cash and get the full kit as that should give me everything I need for future additions...or just get a cheapy kit and save the money for some EA ammo...

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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by Cyberfly » 06 Jan 2009, 13:08

Oh, that's not the one I found at Wally World. Nope. That one was in a 12X16 metal case and had the screw together rods, t-handle, snake, brshes, oil, lube, patches, transmission repair kit, auto lift, jack stands, the whole nine yards! :D But I thought it was high at $42!
It was very smiliar to this one online, only larger; http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product. ... id=4939699" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I just can't find it online. They only had one in the store and I wasn't going to plunk down that much for a cleaning kit. Especially when Vitially uses Mobil1 to lube his firearms! :p
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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by Grantness » 06 Jan 2009, 13:13

who has a link to those felt cylindrical thingamajigers that attach to the end of a cleaning rod?

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Re: Bore Snakes....

Post by tdevince » 06 Jan 2009, 13:17

Is this it?

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