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    Using a Boresnake

    Is a Boresnake best used on a dry weapon? How do you use? Any difference on a revolver.

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    You can use it with or without solvent. I usually dip the brush part in solvent and the bores dry by the end. Be carefull you dont scratch the finish on the outside of the gun.

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    Yup. With or without solvent. With or without oil.

    At the range during long sessions, I occasionally will send a bore snake through my rifle @ ~75-100 rds or my pistol @ 100-250 rds (depending on the gun), with Militec-1 oil drops placed on the "brush" part, if cleaning, or on the "brush" part and another 2" of the snake, if lubing the barrel. Sent through a final time, dry, it leaves the barrel nice and bright, with a very light oil on the interior. Light Militec-1 grease on the moving parts. At the range, the CZ P01 seems to last forever without a cleaning, whereas the Kahr PM9 requires cleaning much more frequently to avoid finicky behavior. The bore snake can really help, here, keeping various guns working well through long sessions. Works just as well whether the barrel is hot or cold.

    At home during the normal cleaning, session, I generally just use the rod and patch method, with Break Free CLP until clean, then either patch or bore snake with Militec-1 oil. Light Militec-1 grease on the moving parts. Every other cleaning or so, a full "bath" in the Break Free may be warranted, so it all gets spotlessly clean.

    This works very well, I think. Enough cleaning to keep them spotless, in the bore. Enough cleaning to keep them working slick at the range.

    The other day, I saw a full-auto Calico 100rd rifle that had been stress-tested to 10K rds without (I believe) any cleaning at all. The barrel had gotten very bad leading (crappy bullets) and had extremely bad powder deposits. One rod and a half-patch through the barrel grabbed much of the leading. A bore snake with Break Free CLP was sent through a few dozen times, followed by soaking overnight with CLP. (Haven't heard, yet, whether it's gone through a full ammonia-based de-leading cleaning, but I'm assuming so.) Anyway, the bore snake helped quite a bit. Even grabbed some of the smaller lead chunks, most all of the powder residue ... and this prior to overnight soaking to break up 10K rds' worth of failure-to-clean.

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    You can use it with or without solvent. I usually dip the brush part in solvent and the bores dry by the end. Be carefull you dont scratch the finish on the outside of the gun.
    If you don't have time for the full breakdown and cleaning these work great!
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    I use it between trapshoot events.I use it dry and when I put my
    shotgun up I'll put couple drops of oil on it after 325 rounds.

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    I use mine on my .22 while at the range. I tend to burn up a lot of ammo, so it will start to jam after a few hundred rounds. A couple passes with the boresnake and I'm back in business! I just use it dry, no problems yet.
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    I just bought my first boresnake! Seemed to work great for my range session.


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    I LOVE the boresnake...um, you know what I MEAN!

    I've only been shooting for a few years, how long had this wonderful invention been out? Years? Decades?
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    Snakes can be used either way.. and they sure do save time on the old patch method!
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    I find em great for a fast cleaning. However I use brushes and patches for a through job.
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    At the end of each range session. Boresnake w/ CLP fore and aft of the bristles. 3 or 4 times. Then another few without the CLP to take out the excess.

    Then when home within the next day or 2, I do a full cleaning.

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    I use mine on my shotgun, cleaning agent on first part, light oil on trailing end. One pass my gun is ready for next time.

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