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Just picked up a Hoppes Bore Snake today for bore cleaning my AR15 and especially my Marlin 60 .22 rimfire.
 


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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Just picked up a Hoppes Bore Snake today for bore cleaning my AR15 and especially my Marlin 60 .22 rimfire.
 


I have for my shotgun, it works great.
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Use them for all my rifles & shotguns.  Do a pretty good job for cleaning in the field or at the camp; quick to use so tend to clean more often.  Put them in the washing machine when they get really dirty & I'm ready to go.  Do a good job on hunting firearms.

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The bore snake is a great way to clean pump and automatic rifles (and revolvers) without messing up the crown.  Just feed it in from the action side of the barrel.  I use them and like them.
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Thanks, fellas.
 
Ya'll use them dry or with solvents?
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I got one for my AR as well.  A bit tough, initially, to pull through the bore.  I guess that's normal though.  I was told to use it dry, but I would also need a good cleaning with solvent at times.  
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How dose it work on the second pass? I don't have one but I have thought are your pulling the same stuff back thru the barrel on the second pass. I know you would wipe it off or spray it heavy but can you really get it clean enough to drag thru the barrel 2 or 3 more times with out scratching it? 
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Never had a problem BD, can use several times - unless the bore is really bad.  Use a little Hoppe's on the bristles to help clean out the powder residue.
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Originally posted by Dogger Dogger wrote:

Never had a problem BD, can use several times - unless the bore is really bad.  Use a little Hoppe's on the bristles to help clean out the powder residue.
 
Cool Thanks for the info. I have never used one so It was just a thought I have had about them. I have no doubt about it now.I will have a few for my toys.
 
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Have one for every caliber handgun, shot gun and rifle I own.  Their not as thorough as a rod and brush, but they are excellent for field use or in between cleanings.

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They are good when shooting PDs. Just a quick pass and you are back to shooing. It is a lot faster than breaking out a rod and sovent. The length of the snake picks up the fouling before it gets to the end unless it has been used a lot. The tail is the last to get dirty.
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I use them dry and have them for all my shotguns and rifles. They are the only way to go in the field for me.
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I have them for all of my rifles.  Use them in the feild, or at the range for a quick cleaning, and then do a thorough cleaning once I get back for the day.  Seem to work fine dry or with a little wet.
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

They are good when shooting PDs. Just a quick pass and you are back to shooing. It is a lot faster than breaking out a rod and sovent. The length of the snake picks up the fouling before it gets to the end unless it has been used a lot. The tail is the last to get dirty.
 
That's where I use them as well -- shooting PDs.  They have so much surface area that most of the grime collects toward the brush end of the rope, but after awhile they will get pretty dirty.  One word of caution, though -- don't leave it out where a dust-filled breeze can contaminate it, as it can pick up sand/grit that will stick to it that's hard to remove from the woven material.  If you then pull the grit-coated snake through the bore, it can scratch your bore, since sand (silica) is harder than the steel.
 
I think it's a good idea to occasionally put it in the washing machine to flush out all the grime.
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Thank you, Gents!
 
Worked real well on my semi auto .22. Also gave it a couple of tugs through my AR's barrel too.    
 
 
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I only have one in .30 cal for an M1a since most of my rifles can be cleaned from the back I am more comfortable with a solid rod.  Snake seems handy enough. I have used a tico tool for shotguns for years and while it is old and dirty it does remove enough build up inside the barrel and add a fine coat of oil to protect the barrel.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

They are good when shooting PDs. Just a quick pass and you are back to shooing. It is a lot faster than breaking out a rod and sovent. The length of the snake picks up the fouling before it gets to the end unless it has been used a lot. The tail is the last to get dirty.
 
That's where I use them as well -- shooting PDs.  They have so much surface area that most of the grime collects toward the brush end of the rope, but after awhile they will get pretty dirty.  One word of caution, though -- don't leave it out where a dust-filled breeze can contaminate it, as it can pick up sand/grit that will stick to it that's hard to remove from the woven material.  If you then pull the grit-coated snake through the bore, it can scratch your bore, since sand (silica) is harder than the steel.
 
I think it's a good idea to occasionally put it in the washing machine to flush out all the grime.
  Just throw it in the washing machine?  I was wondering how to clean the thing.  That is easy enough. 
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

They are good when shooting PDs. Just a quick pass and you are back to shooing. It is a lot faster than breaking out a rod and sovent. The length of the snake picks up the fouling before it gets to the end unless it has been used a lot. The tail is the last to get dirty.
   I second the great use for PDs. in the field. I use a little solvent before the brush.  After alot of firing though I recomend going back to your rod, as a good nylon or bronze brush is needed for the heavy cooper fouling. I find them the most handy on semi-autos. Wink
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