Monday, June 08, 2015

Easy Gun Cleaning

Since we've been in this wax bullet game, cleaning revolvers is a routine chore.  When we were in Texas this past weekend, we saw that the shooters there were using a BORESNAKE, a registered, patentented device of the Hoppe's company, to quickly and easily clean the barrels of their revolvers.  Milady was asking one of the ladies how often she cleaned her revolver for best accuracy, and the gal told Milady that she cleaned after every 15 shots.

Milady then asked me what a boresnake costs, and I told her I would pick up some, and that they're about $15.00 each, depending on the store.

Yesterday, Milady got out some stiff yarn and her crochet hooks and in about 15 minutes, had crocheted this little darling.  I found her a cotter-pin to use as a weight to get the small end down the barrel.

Of course, you can click on the picture for a closer look, but that's a cotter--pin, a single strand of yarn, then a double strand, then a triple strand.  The whole thing took about 15 minutes for her to crochet, and suddenly I don't need to go to the gun shop to look for a boresnake.  Milady says that she intends to buy some rug yarn, which is more durable, for about $3,00.  A box of cotter-pins is about $3.00, and for six bucks, we can make these little devices for our cleaning needs.

Quite crafty, don't you think?  I'm really proud of her efforts.


plblark said...

That looks slick. I believe the Bore Snakes also have an embedded brush in them. I don't know if that's necessary for your needs or not.

The ability to sit down and make something from items on hand is indeed handy and economical. It's also unfortunately becoming more and more rare these days.

El Capitan said...

Yeah, that embedded nylon brush really helps cut the grit. You can probably buy 'em for less than a buck apiece, snip off the threaded post with sidecutters, and have them knitted into the snake.

Melissa said...

Love it! Go Momma!

Jerry The Geek said...

I've been using boresnakes for years,and they're really handy. What they don't do is add solvent or oil to the process. If you try to pour liquid on them, they lose their attraction. Usually, I use them in the middle of a match; they don't replace a thorough cleaning, but they get the worst of the gunk out.

Here's another revolutionary idea: Dishwasher.

Remove the grips, field-strip the gun, put the tiny parts to clean separately (extractor, firing pin & spring, grip screws, etc. and run the big parts through your dishwasher. "soap" is optional, but not necessarily recommended.

By the time the drying cycle is done, you're in business. Oil liberally, of course. And yes, the bore probably needs a scrub before you hit the dishwasher.

Obviously, this is not appropriate for all pistols; Competition "Open" guns with electronic sights come to mind.

Worried that you'll lose all that oil you've been carefully applying? Good point. Find a spray can with a light lubricant so you can soak the parts 'inside'.

And yes, depending on how much you use the gun, you do need to detail-strip the gun "about annually". If this leaves some caked-on residue, you only have to apply the same diligent attention to the cleaning as you already do on a regular basis.

John Watts said...

My son introduced these to me and I love 'em. They're much simpler than using rods. brushes, and patches. The ones I have all have an embedded bronze(?) brush.