Hoppe's Bore Snake
By: Joe Arterburn, Editorial Director, Cabela's Outfitter Journal magazine
This Field-Test Report is courtesy of Cabela's Outfitter Journal magazine.
My first exposure to Hoppe's Bore Snakes was on a black-tailed deer hunt on Kodiak Island. Everything was wet, either with salty ocean water or from rain and snow. We lived on a 50-foot Ninilchik Charters boat, motoring from spot to spot; riding inflatable skiffs to shore; hunting come snow, rain or sunshine. Cleaning rifles every evening was a must and the Bore Snake made it a snap, much appreciated after a long tiring day hiking Kodiak's mountains. Slowly, the Bore Snake's potential sunk in. Now, I use it not only on hunting trips but also at the shooting range for quick cleaning sessions that used to be tedious with cleaning rods, jags, brushes and so on. I dribble a little TM Solutions cleaning solvent on the front floss area and brass brushes and a little oil toward the end. Dropping the brass weight (stamped with the caliber or gauge) through the barrel, I pull the Bore Snake slowly through the action and out the muzzle, scrubbing, flossing and oiling in one easy pull. Cleaning helps cool down the barrel too; important for sessions on the shooting bench. I still do thorough cleaning at home with a rod, but for fast in-the-field cleaning, this is the answer. And it's washable. Available at cabelas.com.