5.56 Bore Snake
So my question was and still is how to shoot a (5.56) bore snake? I tried researching all the answers to the question asked and found some conflicting information. And another big question for someone who has been around hunting snakes for a long time. Is the PME or Perforated Carbon elbow tip really the best material for the shaft or maybe something else should be used. But what do you use the other material for?
My personal opinion is that if you are hunting for big animals such as elk, moose, buffalo, or deer the better material is going to be a PME boresnake. This is because you are trying to push the animal into a position to make it take the lure and shoot it. This is not to say that they are not good shots from other types of ammunition. They are just not as effective as a PME boresnake. So my question to you is, what do you use?
The best answer to my question would be to shoot a PME bore snake. The reason I tell you this is because they are made of a high tech carbon steel that is treated with an electrodeposition coating. When shot properly they will appear stainless. If you shoot them and they come off, they will leave a black mark on your target. The best thing about these is that they do not require any kind of special cleaning supplies.
So what can someone expect if they try to clean their 5.56 bore snakes? First, they will need a really good power washer and a really good cleanser. A power washer can take care of most anything that comes off the boresnake and a quality cleanser can take care of the non-sprayed metal that does stick. Also, anyone with experience cleaning snakes knows that nothing gets quite as much attention as the front end of the boresnake. This is where you want to focus the cleanser.
For starters, remove all debris from the front end. Start by washing off the front of the boresnake with a power washer. Then use a degreaser to get the metal clean and rinse with a degreaser. You should then rinse with the PME boresnake. Once all the metal is clean and dried, you can apply a light layer of silicon oil to help your bores shine.
Now that your boresnake is nice and shiny, you will want to pull harder on it. This can be done by using a 22 caliber pull or by simply using a flat blade grinder. Remember to only pull harder when the hole is large enough to allow you to do so.
After you have thoroughly cleaned the snake, it's time to start tightening up the nut that holds your snake in place. Using a screwdriver, start tightening the nut. When you reach the maximum possible tension, twist the head of the screwdriver clockwise. This will make the knot tighter and will ensure that the last bit of energy that went into tightening the nut will not be wasted. You will probably need to go a few turns further before tightening the nut fully. Once the nut is totally tight, attach the spring and turn the handle to wind the spring back in place.
The final step in cleaning your boresnake is to remove the spring and any other debris from the bottom of the snake. It's time to fire up the electrician's air compressor and give the piece a good run down. Be sure to leave plenty of ventilation so that any harmful fumes don't escape and that you aren't breathing in particulate matter. When you're done running your piece through this process, you will notice that your snake has pulled apart quite nicely. Cleaning your CBN system isn't that difficult and the end results are pretty impressive.