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well, as we are getting closer here in WV to that favorite time of the season for us all, and no im not talking about the superbowl (though it ranks up there!) Hunting season is right around the corner, and my Bore-Snakes have come out of the cleaning box, and down the throat of my select 2 firearms for the season. The ol' .270 was still shinny! but a little oil and the .277 CAL boresnake made her shine. and the .30 cal for the .30-30. The Bore snake in my mind is the most simple way to make sure you get ALL residue and gunk out of the barrel! does anybody else use one? believe me, ive broken my fair share of cleaning rods. but this was the best investment i have ever made.....except for my RemOil....
 
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well, as we are getting closer here in WV to that favorite time of the season for us all, and no im not talking about the superbowl (though it ranks up there!) Hunting season is right around the corner, and my Bore-Snakes have come out of the cleaning box, and down the throat of my select 2 firearms for the season. The ol' .270 was still shinny! but a little oil and the .277 CAL boresnake made her shine. and the .30 cal for the .30-30. The Bore snake in my mind is the most simple way to make sure you get ALL residue and gunk out of the barrel! does anybody else use one? believe me, ive broken my fair share of cleaning rods. but this was the best investment i have ever made.....except for my RemOil....
you're going to run solvent down to clean out any oil residue before shooting, right? i never oil a bore only solvent and dry patches. i will once in a while use the expanding foam bore scrubber then solvent and dry if its had a number of rounds put down it but mostly just solvent and dry. i agree bore snakes are pretty nice. especially for the 10/22 and the ar plateform.
 

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Otis Technology

I have been using their products for years now, and they are great. They are actually located 10 miles from where i live, my girlfriend, sister and many family friends work for this company. The best gun cleaning kit I have come across
 

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I usually finish with just a tad bit of rem oil, with teflon, on a rag as my last pass. Is this a bad practice?? I haven't noticed any issues doing this that I'm aware of. Need info!
 

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I feel that the bore snakes are probably the easiest way to clean a bore. I have one in .22 cal (for .22's) and one in .30 cal. (my my .303, 7.62x54r, 30-06, and 30-30!) You don't risk screwing up the rifling or the crown with a cheap cleaning rod. With a more expensive one that isn't as much of a problem, but still always clean from chamber to muzzle... You should try some BreakFree CLP instead of RemOil....It's A LOT better in my opinion.
 

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I usually finish with just a tad bit of rem oil, with teflon, on a rag as my last pass. Is this a bad practice?? I haven't noticed any issues doing this that I'm aware of. Need info!
Its great to coat the bore with oil..just run a dry patch or something before shooting.
 
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just was always taught to never shoot a rifle with oil in the bore. i did store one that way once and after "cleaning" with a dry patch i couldn't get any kind of group. took it home cleaned it with solvent then dry, when back and was back to good. so i don't oil the bore. i do however clean my rifles a couple times a year even if they haven't been shot and clean after a shooting session.
 

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bore snakes r great but i just use them at the cabin,i would recommend a good dewey one piece rod.you dont have to worry about damaging the rifling little more exp. but worth it.for the bore hoppes#9,then i like break free @ krano oil.for my ars i actually lube with mobil 1 synthetic keeps em wet.
 

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You mean to tell me I've been wasting it in my truck? :bag: I know I've never had any rust issue with rem oil. On the outside I use a wood floor wax (yup) on the barrel/metal surfaces and wood stocks. No rust issues and wood looks like new.
 
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You mean to tell me I've been wasting it in my truck? :bag: I know I've never had any rust issue with rem oil. On the outside I use a wood floor wax (yup) on the barrel/metal surfaces and wood stocks. No rust issues and wood looks like new.
wax probably doesn't stink like the oils. may count down on scent?
 

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I never put gun oil in the barrel unless its to be stored for any length of time, wich not many of my firearms are. If you swab even lightly with oil after cleaning and go hunting the first shot (which usualy will be your highest percentage shot will be off its mark ) will be different than when it was slightly fouled. I always sight in and then run a few dry patches and maybe a dry nylon brush through if I fired more than four or five shots sighting in. I have found that a lot of rifles fire a tighter group when slightly fouled. Just my experience.
 
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I never put gun oil in the barrel unless its to be stored for any length of time, wich not many of my firearms are. If you swab even lightly with oil after cleaning and go hunting the first shot (which usualy will be your highest percentage shot will be off its mark ) will be different than when it was slightly fouled. I always sight in and then run a few dry patches and maybe a dry nylon brush through if I fired more than four or five shots sighting in. I have found that a lot of rifles fire a tighter group when slightly fouled. Just my experience.
yup a dirty barrel is more consisdent.....to a point. i allows carry a rifle that has had a fouling shot run down it.
 

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Bore Snakes are great (I have several for both rifles and shotguns), but for deep cleaning you'll come up WAY short if that's all you use. I just don't believe you can get all the fouling out unless you use some sort of solvent and even a brush from time to time. I also like using the Otis system - it's expensive but very good as all the cleaning is done from the breech to the muzzle and uses a cable instead of a rod. This makes the whole system extremely portable (it fits in a pocket). Keep this in mind, there are aggressive solvents and non-aggressive ones. Hoppe's is a non-aggressive, and you can leave it in your barrel overnight if you want (I don't think that is necessary, though.) Barnes and Sweets are examples of aggressive cleaners, and you shoudn't leave them in for more than 10 minutes or so. (Ronn) If you use these, ALWAYS finish with a light oiling as per the instructions. Once, I cleaned my barrel the night before a hunt and, after running a few dry patches through it, I thought I'd skip the oil. The next day, after hunting, when I unloaded my rifle, the bullet that had been in the chamber came out blue - I guess the slightest bit of solvent that was still in there started reacting with the brass of the case! :surprised: It would have been better to finish with the oil and then run dry patches through right then or just before hunting.
 

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I should have added that I always regularly clean all my guns the FULL method . But when its hunting season I always shoot a 1 to 2 shot fouled barrel. i too use the bore snakes nearly exclusively , and carry them in the field.
 
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after the bore scrubber i always clean it again with my normal clean method which includes hoppes and dry patches. i don't use the scrubber very often. may have used it a rifle 2or 3 or so times. i don't burn ammo up much.
 

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bore scrubber foam

this is a good product from break free.comes in a can with a tube simply shoot in down bore till it comes out other end.saves time dont have to get rod out to apply it.its good stuff
 
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