Excellant post. You should of went for the gold and give your way step by step. There are many people out there that doesent know the proper way to clean.Gunnermhr said:my opinion of a bore snake is it's better than nothing, but not by much. Get yourself a good Cleaning rod and bore guide, a couple brushes for each caliber and you'll be way better off. A brush without solvent, or putting a barrel away with oil?? This could be a whole other thread, Cleaning and proper storage. If you ever get the chance to look in your barrel with a bore scope, not a light, but a bore scope you would be surpised. Getting carbon fouling out is difficult enough with solvent. Go to a few barrel makers sites and search cleaning. Krieger has a nice site and if you navigate your way through Dan Lilja's site he actually has a video of the inside of a barrel taken with a bore scope. It isn't to show the cleaning process but it is very interesting. Bartlein's site is the one I like the best and also the guys I buy the most barrels from. I would ignore the break-in process on factory barrels, they are generally so rough the break in process is a waste of time. Cleaning is not!!