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View Poll Results: Which is better?
Boresnake 33 31.13%
Bore brush 34 32.08%
Both 39 36.79%
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Old 09-20-2012, 9:38 PM
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Default Boresnake vs. bore brush

Which is better?! You decide.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:09 PM
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1 of the 10 noob questions asked and answered millions of times on a million different forums.

But I'll play. Brush.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:18 PM
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OTIS Flex Rod+Nylon Bore Brush>Boresnake.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:22 PM
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OTIS better than Snake, which is better than brush.
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I never had a snake because reports were never good except from boresnake itself. So i vote for brush, thats what im used to and believe in.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:45 PM
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At home I use a mop, brush, and jag setup with a carbon fiber cleaning rod. In the field or range I use a bore snake.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:52 PM
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Bore snake works great after the typical range session unless I am shooting lead.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:29 PM
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I use both the Otis kit and bore snake. For 22s, I mostly just use the bore snake. I also run a bore snake through at the range after a session because I know sometimes I don't have time to immediately clean the gun, but I eventually get back to the gun for a complete cleaning with the Otis.
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I have both but prefer the brush/old way
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:41 PM
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i use both ... pass the bore snake 2 times then the brush for old times
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:44 PM
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After I finish cleaning the bore with the Otis kit, I finish it off with one pass with the boresnake.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:59 PM
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Try pushing a stuck case, cartridge, or acorn (you just dropped your .475 Linebaugh under the old oak tree) out of your barrel with a bore snake.

Rod, nylon brush and patches pushed through bore in one direction removes fouling from the bore, repeated passes from bore snake runs the crud back through. I use three solvents, (Bore Tech Eliminator, Cu+2 Copper Remover and C4 Carbon Remover) and a bore lube, the bore snake is not conducive to that regimen. Can't really get a barrel clean until a clean white patch shows no sign of copper blue or carbon grey/brown. If you need to use JB Bore Paste, well need I say more?

Sorry, the bore snake is snake oil. Of course the bore snake can be used as a garrote if you want to bump off a librarian without disturbing the reading room.
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The snakes are really handy and will remove most of the crud with a pass or two, especially if you do it at the range while everything's still hot. But I find that at some point there's buildup that's going to require some combination of quality solvents and a rod to remove. "some point" varies depending on caliber, etc. but basically if you see your accuracy start to degrade or see streaking in the barrel that's not being removed by the snake then do it the old fashioned way.

I tend to get ahead of it by using the snake after every range visit, but using a rod if I'm really cleaning it. Seems like a good balance of efficiency and quality.
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Unless you use lead/non-jacketed bullets exclusively, then bore mop and patches only. So neither.
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Gun=brush paintball= bore snake aka squeegee

Nothing gets crud out like a metal brush
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:55 PM
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The snakes are really handy and will remove most of the crud with a pass or two, especially if you do it at the range while everything's still hot. But I find that at some point there's buildup that's going to require some combination of quality solvents and a rod to remove. "some point" varies depending on caliber, etc. but basically if you see your accuracy start to degrade or see streaking in the barrel that's not being removed by the snake then do it the old fashioned way.

I tend to get ahead of it by using the snake after every range visit, but using a rod if I'm really cleaning it. Seems like a good balance of efficiency and quality.
That's pretty much how I do it. Run the boresnake through before leaving the range in case I get lazy and wait a day or two before giving it a full cleaning.
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I use both.
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At the range, I do a couple passes with a boresnake after I'm done shooting to minimize build-up. Once I get home, I do a proper cleaning with a brush and patches.
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For the past 10-15k rounds I've fired I just clean with a boresnake and re oil.

My guns can still shoot one hole groups and function fine.


I'm over the "clean it til it's spotless" routine.
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Snakes are good for inbetween cleanings. For true cleanings, use a brush, "jag and patch" and a BORESCOPE. Of course, once you have a borescope on hand, you'll see that boresnakes do not get a bore clean at all. They just remove the major fouling. Also, with a boresnake, you have to keep putting the dirt, which has accumulated on your snake, back through the barrel. This can not be good for the barrel unless you think that scrubbing yourself with wet dirt and sand will make you "clean".
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Boresnake works great in my 12g. I dont know how I could get it any shinier or cleaner looking. I guess all cleaning routines have thier place.
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What about the Viper bore snakes from Hoppes. I have them in 12ga 9mm and 22.
They have three sections of metal brushes incorporated into them.
I love them.
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I looked at these and could not justify any good reason to use them for cleaning, however, I can see them used for applying lubrication to bores instead of using them for cleaning but then again, a saturated swatch of cloth will do the same thing.

I'm sticking to a traditional method of cleaning.

Now with shotguns, I suppose there's a good use for them there.
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Both. I use bore brushes for a quick swipe and go. Especially if I will be shooting that same gun again and don't want to clean it (usually applies to .22lr).

For real cleaning it's a cleaning brush and jags.
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well all three of them are pretty much tied.. i wonder what that means...!?
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Just tied it up completely. Bores name for range use, brush rods and jags for real maintenance/cleaning:
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I would stick with an old fashioned brush instead of boresnake.
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Nothing beats a good old fashined rod with jag and brush.

The bore snake/otis are good field expedient kits though- small, easy to carry, and better than nothing. Neither will clean/scrub as good as a solid Dewey rod.

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