I was just wondering about gunsnakes for cleaning rifle bores. I have been using them and they do seem to work. However i am definatly not a clean freak. Anything to look out for? also how do you clean the snake? or do you?
I am still using a rod and patch to clean my firearms but I do have a bore snake for every caliber that I have and that is what goes with me in my pack when I head out into the sticks. I personally don't think that they could even come close to cleaning the bore of a rifle as well as the traditional way but when you need to clean some dirt or dust out of the barrel while you are out in the field I think that they are just fine.
As for cleaning them I think that they tell you to just clean them with soap and water.
I use them almost exclusively for cleaning all my rifles, especially the lever actions and semi-autos where using a rod from the muzzle end can lead to far bigger problems then it's worth IMHO. I've used Bore Snakes on used rifles I've bought and have seen improvement from one cleaning to the next in accuracy.
The exact same concept for cleaning has pretty much replaced rod and brush cleaning for military weapons (personal weapons) and I doubt they were wanting to take a step backwards. How much and how often to clean has always been a subject of differing opinions among gun owners, but it's my personal opinion that many shooters do more harm than good with some of the older the practices they use which are carryovers from BP days.
I know these have been around for quite awhile now but so far I have never tried them out. I do plan to get one and see how they work as it looks like they would be useful for many situations, and anything that makes cleaning easier is always goos as far as I'm concerned.
I believe the Bore snake is great for a quick, in the field cleaning. Hey, no matter how careful you are, things can and will happen. I don't believe the snake takes the place of a good scrubbing with a cleaning rod with brush and patches.
I take a snake with me when I travel, takes minimal space when that becomes a factor.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...