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Old 07-26-2010, 02:36 PM
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Which commandment did I break? Thou shalt ...

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Thou shalt clean thy gun .... regularly .... or suffer the consequences of really poor accuracy!

My Guide Gun's accuracy went to he!! in a handbasket recently. I always run a boresnake down the barrel after a range outting. Makes the barrel look nice and clean but man. I was over a foot vertical swing and almost as much windage. It had me scratching my head for a short while but a good barrel scrubbing put all back in order.

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Old 07-26-2010, 03:13 PM
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Nope - just remember a Boresnake is merely an expedient to knock out the mostly loose stuff. A good elbow scrubbing and foaming bore cleaners are required to get the tough stuff out.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:07 AM
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Friends don't let friends use boresnakes. Another reason not to use them. They make you lazy, they don't do a good job of cleaning the bore, and does it make since to try and clean your bore by running a previously used and dirty snake through your bore time after time? And don't tell me that you wash them in the dishwasher after every use, yah, sure you do. That's more trouble than using a rod and doing a good job in the first place.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:42 AM
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While I'll agree that boresnakes aren't going to get a barrel 100% clean, they do serve a purpose. Case in point, I sent a bunch of them to our folks in the sandbox and they seem to love them.

Something handy to have around the deer camp, for sure, or anyplace else outside of what you'd consider civilization. Same niche as my Otis (?) kit with flexible cleaning rod.

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Old 08-02-2010, 09:44 AM
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I use a boresnake during range sessions and on lever actions, where it is much more expedient and allows you to clean w/o pushing debris into your action. However, it is like running a vacuum over your floor, as compared to using a steam-cleaner...it just gets the big stuff.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:36 AM
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I must be a cleaning nazi, every single night after i go shooting no matter what the firearm i do a complete and total break down and cleaning sometimes soaking parts in solvent or maybe just cleaning every metal part with cloths and rags then drying then lube every moving part up. i even think about taking apart the trigger depending on the last time i cleaned it, a pain for most but i love having the excuse to run my hands down the barrel.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:56 AM
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stefon - I think you qualify for the title ... cleaning nazi.

I generally shoot mine till I see a loss in accuracy then they get a thorough scrubbing.
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