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It would take a pretty sorry barrel for a cloth string to hurt it.
I would have no concern for hurting a sorry barrel. The barrels that shoot really well would have my concern. Pulling a cloth string impregnated with lots of crud from previous usage is an issue for me. To each their own. Pull straight and centered !!!
 

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Bore Snakes are washable. I wash mine using a mesh zipper bag made for washing delicates in the washing Machine. Never damaged a barrel. I also Wash my Bore Mops the same way.
 

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I discovered that I do not have a .50 caliber bore snake a little while ago when I started cleaning the guns I took to the TN get together. I started with the .50 Beowulf and had to use a rod and brush for the bore. I don't have a 50 caliber brush either but the 12 gauge shotgun brush with Hoppes #9 did the trick.
 

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Nope, rods with brushes and patches.
 
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It would take a pretty sorry barrel for a cloth string to hurt it.
I agree, I don't think its possible to hurt a barrel with a bore snake, I also don't think its a great way to clean a barrel. Its a stop gap measure to use until you can properly clean your gun. I have been cleaning barrels without using bore guides and using coated and uncoated rods for forty years. I have never damage a barrel or crown. I also have never saw a reduction in accuracy in any of my rifles.
 

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I've heard that using the dishwasher for some firearms is acceptable.
You heard wrong !!! Do that then tell the misses you did and see what happens. And I am a rod and patches guy . Had a bore snake once can't remember what became of it . The both probably work good but will stick with my cleaning rods , got several . Now if I was going on a long hike or something of that nature then yes but I don't plan on doing that anytime soon.
 

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You heard wrong !!! Do that then tell the misses you did and see what happens. And I am a rod and patches guy . Had a bore snake once can't remember what became of it . The both probably work good but will stick with my cleaning rods , got several . Now if I was going on a long hike or something of that nature then yes but I don't plan on doing that anytime soon.
The boresnake probably works okay, but why change what has always worked well? I like my rods and loops and brushes; what's the reason to change what has worked well for longer than I've been alive? Profits for a company that didn't exist when I started cleaning guns, perhaps?
 
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