A good friend of mine in Alaska got me started on the bore snakes. Tried one and sure enough, it did the trick. Although I don't use any Break-free on it I suppose that would make it work better. I agree that it is probably not the best thing for a squeaky clean bore, but after a day chasing Elk, I like to know my bore has no rocks or small children lodged in it. Now about that weed-whacker trick, I like it! considering if one gets tangle-footed and drops his muzzle in the mud, it would get through the crud easier than a snake. It's natural coils would easily fit in a pocket and a few patches in a baggie wouldn't cause any distress.
New to this board, and liking what I read from it's members.