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I picked up a new bore snake today for my new S&W SD9, and wow, what a difference it makes. I was using Ballistol and Hoppers along with patches and my barrel just was not looking all that great. Two pass troughs with the new snake and whoa! Looks like a mirror inside. Much, much easier and faster.

I'd been using one on my .22 rifles, but I don't really have a good way of seeing inside the bore.

Those things really work!
 

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Probably a dumb question but youre using bore brushes too right?
Good point. I love my bore snakes but I always use a brass brush first unless it's only had a couple rounds through it. And whatever you're using to clean it, let it sit for a while to give it a chance to work inside your barrel.
 

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Thats your problem right there! Even the boresnake has a brush imbedded in it. I do like boresnakes and they do a decent job, in certain guns they even produce a close to completely clean barrel but the best way is to used a rod, brush, and some patches, occasionally copper solvent. I got a Rem 700 26in barrel and my rod was too shot so for a few hundred rounds I used nothing but bore snake. They run really tight in .22 calibers and they did a great job in that gun for a while, but no matter how much you boresnake, you can almost always run a brush to kick up more residue and come out with a "dirty" patch. Also remember to wash the BS, if youre cleaning with a dirty BS occasionally, youre not going to clean as effectively with a dirty one. The copper solvent really didnt take anything out of my SR9 after 4000 rounds but after a few hundred .223s, I was getting dissolved copper so its a must for a good rifle.
 

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I'm glad the 'Snake is working so well for you! That's almost all I use for routine cleaning, too, unless/except if I have a problem fouler.

As far as brushing goes, I've often wanted to try the newer Bore Snakes (Viper, I think they're called?) that have a ton more brush bristles. If a person wants more brushing, they may be just the ticket.
 

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I'm glad the 'Snake is working so well for you! That's almost all I use for routine cleaning, too, unless/except if I have a problem fouler.

As far as brushing goes, I've often wanted to try the newer Bore Snakes (Viper, I think they're called?) that have a ton more brush bristles. If a person wants more brushing, they may be just the ticket.
Anyone have any good info on the "Viper" version? I had heard that there were some issues, but the concept of more bristles sounds good to me.

I use a reg Bore Snake on in between super cleanings of my MK's and on my rifles, but I use the Otis system on most of my higher cal pistols.
 
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