I always have the barrel vertical so the bore snake hangs in a straight line below it so no snagging or friction...and I can manage that with the barrel on the rifle and still not let the snake touch the ground...but probably would be easier done with the barrel off.Boresnakes make a lot more sense in rifles or shotguns where you can take the barrel off easily, as it facilitates pulling through (upwards) in a straight line.
Carbon and copper remover...ammonia free like the Wipe Out products...but I seem to remember in a head to head test, that the Tactical Advantage and Accelerator products of Wipe Out were more effective...Can someone enlighten me what C2R is?
I upgraded to the Hoppes Viper boresnake more expensive but vey well made and it has double the length area of brass brushes. Like you i soak the front end of the snake in Hoppes bore cleanerOne I've been reading about this evening and wanted to see if more people had an opinion on this.
Firsty, I've only ever used a bore snake on every rifle I've had, never had any issues and the barrel always looks perfectly clean after a couple of pulls through - I normally apply a few drops of cleaning oil to the first part of the bore snake so as it gets pulled through it gets oiled but then any excess is removed by the rest of it after the brush. Also I have washed them a couple of times, although a bore snake has quite a large surface area compared to a cleaning rag so surely it could be used a fair amount before it became inefficient? Most threads I've read seem to say a bore snake should only be used when you haven't got access to a proper cleaning rod but what difference is there?
On the .308 I pull the original Hoppes Boresnake through a couple of times to clean and dry any condensation in the bore after it has acclimatised when I come in.I upgraded to the Hoppes Viper boresnake more expensive but vey well made and it has double the length area of brass brushes. Like you i soak the front end of the snake in Hoppes bore cleaner
Sounds like an improvement on my standard method which I may adopt as I have two snakes including a Viper for my centre firesOn the .308 I pull the original Hoppes Boresnake through a couple of times to clean and dry any condensation in the bore after it has acclimatised when I come in.
Then I use a Viper version which is heavily loaded with CLP as a final pull through before storing.
Before I shoot I pull the dry snake through to remove any residual oil and anything that was loosened by it.