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BoreSnake Gun Bore Cleaner Review

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Hoppe's BoreSnake review

Hoppe's BoreSnake gun bore cleaner.

Michael's of Oregon

The Bottom Line

The BoreSnake gun bore cleaner is no replacement for a cleaning rod, but it can be very handy for a quick bore cleaning job, at camp or on the range. It certainly won't knock a serious obstruction loose from your bore, and using it with solvent or oil strikes me as impractical, but when used properly the BoreSnake does a fine, fast job of removing grunge from a bore. Read more of this Boresnake review to find out how it works.


  • No rods to break or sections to lose.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Can be washed and reused.


  • A separate BoreSnake is needed for each caliber/gauge.
  • No substitute for thorough cleaning with a rod, brush, and patches.
  • If used with solvent or oil, storage of the BoreSnake could get messy.


  • Ropelike "floss" gun bore cleaner with built-in brush and weighted cord.
  • Drop the cord down the bore, and pull the BoreSnake through.
  • The snug fit and large surface area means you will usually get most of the crud out in one swipe.
  • I use mine at the range, or at hunting camp when my gun needs a quick run-through.
  • Allows you to clean from the chamber end (as you should), without disassembling the gun.
  • Won't damage the crown or rifling, since it's not hard like a cleaning rod.
  • You'll need to buy a BoreSnake for each caliber or gauge barrel you want to use it on.
  • Can be used with solvent, though I don't do that with mine. Afterward, it can be washed.

Guide Review - BoreSnake Gun Bore Cleaner Review

I had viewed the BoreSnake gun bore cleaner with some suspicion up until the time when I finally bit the bullet and bought one. After all, it's so unconventional... or is it? Folks have been pulling patches through gun bores with strings for many years, after all. And what is the BoreSnake but a hefty string with a built-in bore brush?

I bought my first BoreSnake in .458 caliber (no. 24019) for use with my Marlin lever-action 45-70, and I'm glad I did. I did extensive load testing at the range with that rifle, and needed to knock the crud out of the barrel from time to time. The BoreSnake made it easy for me to quickly clean the bore from the chamber end, because I didn't have to remove the lever and bolt to use it. One swipe with the BoreSnake and I was ready to go.

I suppose some folks use BoreSnakes with solvent and/or oil, but not me. I would rather use patches for those jobs, saving both the hassle of storing a damp, smelly BoreSnake and using more solvent or oil than the job requires.

The BoreSnake is also useful at hunt camp, when at day's end the ol' popper needs a quick de-skanking, or when you've been out in the rain and need to quickly dry the bore of your thunderstick. When your BoreSnake gets too nasty for your taste, just wash it up, let it dry, and you're ready to go again.

All in all, it's a practical, useful product - but it doesn't replace the good, old-fashioned cleaning rod. So keep your rods when you add a BoreSnake to your cleaning kit - you will still use them, but not as often.

- Russ Chastain

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 5 out of 5
boresnake is great, Member garyjnewton

i use boresnake for my handguns, rifles, shotguns. it is not difficult to spray bore cleaner, and oil on the various lengths of the boresnake at one time and then feed it into the bore to clean and oil the bore in one pass. i sometimes pass it thru twice and follow it up with an oiled swab attached to a conventional cleaning rod.

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