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    Quote Originally Posted by M700 View Post
    Speaking of insects, I read years ago about some hunters in Africa with their big bore rifles... One, a 458 Win Mag I believe, was leaning up against a tree, and fortunately someone noticed a wasp or hornet of some sort coming out of the muzzle...

    YUP! It had started building a nest inside the barrel, and the barrel was partially obstructed. The owner must have been delighted to clean it out with a rod, instead of sending a full power 500 gr bullet into the obstructed bore. Yikes!

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    I guess a bore snake could be the only snake I could truly love ....

    Yup, these wasps like round cavities and they make a sticky ball of mud with some biological juices and grit. They build their nests out of this goo in hollows and holes and rifle/gun barrels and it hardens like a brick.
    A snake isn't going to get that out .... I'll still take my rod along, but a quick handy strip with a snake will be fine if no hard crud is inside.
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    I also have them, but very rarely use them. I still favour rods and have a full set, in sections with brushes in my shooting bag.
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    They are nice in that after a while they get dirty and can be cleaned with hot and soapy water to remove the oils.
    I have them in multiple bore diameters.
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    I have been using Wipe Out or Patch Out for cleaning my rifles.Put it in the barrel and let it sit for a couple hours or if really bad over night.Push a half dozen patches through the bore and all lead ,copper and powder fouling is removed without using a bore brush.
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    Bore snakes are a great addition to cleaning with patches and solvents. I use them for quick cleanups, especially in my 22's and shotguns.
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    I like bore snakes for immediate, quick cleaning while the barrel is warm at the range. I run them dry and give the firearm a good cleaning and oiling when I get home. This removes most of the big stuff and speeds up the cleaning process at home. Some people use them for rifle cleaning exclusively and report good results. I prefer more traditional methods but won't poo poo others for doing different. Their firearm and money and I don't pay their bills.

    The point of them not being good for bore obstructions is a valid one but there are collapsible rods that one can carry in their hunting vest or range bag for such instances. The rod sections are cabled together and become rigid when the cable is tightened down. This is the one I use. There may be others. https://www.amazon.com/Atsko-SNO-SEA...9739542&sr=8-1

    The Otis kits were also mentioned. I like those for hunting and camping trips for cleaning while away from home. Busting through brush and climbing up and down hills can get things dirty. Armalite sells a kit like Otis but for AR style rifles, they sell kits that fit in the pistol grip for field cleaning with them. https://www.armalite.com/product-category/tools-2/

    Lots of options and all are good for different scenarios and conditions.
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    A great field kit. I use them all the time.
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    I've been a fan of the commercially available bore snakes for the last 15 years or so - between handguns, rifles and pistols, I think I have 8 different models. But, I think what I learned to clean a bore with about 60 years ago was probably the predecessor to today's bore snake. We used a sufficient length of old style braided fishing line with a bobby pin tied on one end for the weight and a patch of flannel tied on the other end. Since there was no bristles on the patch, we soaked it with WD-40. That "solvent" snake got used first, then the dry snake for mop-up got used. Finally, the snake with a dab of 3-1 oil got through to finish up.
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    700 and Sambane mentioned crud that a snake will not touch. Recently I place a rifle on a deer stand platform before limbing up and the darn thing same down muzzle first and had crud in it. I ended up cutting off a piece of brush and trimming it and pushing the stuff out from the breech. Just stirred up a memory is all. I read about the same incident and cannot remember if it was Capstick or Robertson.

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