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I have the 8' one with weighted ends and a loop in the middle. How is this used? There does not appear to be any way to attach anything to the rope in the way of brushes or patch holders.

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Why would I need the rope if I had the cleaning rod and attachments?
A bore snake is a quick and efficient way to do a quick cleaning of the bore. Soak it with cleaning solvent toward the front portion that you will pass from breech to bore. Often, a bore snake will have a built in brush at about the middle.

IMHO, it is not a substitute for a proper cleaning when using corrosive ammo, but fine for a .22 or even a handgun shooting commercial ammo.
 

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Shyquester,
I think he may not be referring to a modern "boresnake" but an old cleaning device, as he describes, that are sent with some milsurps. I received one with, as I recall, a Turk Mauser.
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Shyquester,
I think he may not be referring to a modern "boresnake" but an old cleaning device, as he describes, that are sent with some milsurps. I received one with, as I recall, a Turk Mauser.
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Louis, you are probably correct, but would this not be the same basic device as a modern boresnake, perhaps without the integrated brush? Either way, I submit not a good substitute for a proper cleaning if corrosive ammo has been used.

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Shyquester,
I think he may not be referring to a modern "boresnake" but an old cleaning device, as he describes, that are sent with some milsurps.
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I know how and when to clean a gun. I have almost as much cleaning equipment and devices as I do holsters and slings. I am interested in how the rope is used in a Mosin.

The Mosin came with a cleaning rod and attachments including a brush and a patch holder. There is also a bolt tool and an oil can and a tool pouch. And the rope.

The cleaning rope is very long, and it has weights on each end that are not threaded. The twisted rope has a loop in the middle. Both weights would not fit in the barrel next to each other, but would one after the other. If the rope were folded over and a patch put through the loop it would be very tight to pull through a .30 caliber barrel.

Does anyone really know how to use this piece of Mosin equipment?

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That sounds to me like a Yugo mauser rope, not a Mosin thing. I think it is intended to cut down on the wear from cleaning rods. The Swiss used a similar thing IIRC. Is your oil bottle brass by chance?
 

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The British issued a Pull Through with a brass weight at one end and an oiler with all the Lee-Enfields. The issued a longer 2 man one for cleaning Bren and MG barrels. The one you have sounds like one of those. They issued a funnel for pouring boiling water though the barrel for cleaning the corrosive cordite ammo they issued for years. They used flannel patches for regular cleaning and a brass wire gauze for removing heavy rust deposits. Someone on the Lee-Enfield forum may have more info on how they were used for cleaning.
 

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They are not the same as a bore snake. Boresnake expands into the lands and grooves as it is pulled through. The 'rope' is nothing more than thick 'grass string' that just lays there. The technique was to put a patch in the middle 'loop' and pull it through. The sting allows for the circular motion as the patch travels through the barrel.
While not as effective as a cleaning rod, I would guess it would suffice for a field cleaning. Under battlefield conditions it would be much quieter too.

It is my personal belief that the bore snake is perhaps the greatest cleaning implement ever designed for a firearm. If one does not have a bore snake, then one is working way too hard cleaning one's weapons.
 

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When shooting surplus ammo my very last step in cleaning is to use the bore snake. If there is any junk left that the patched jag did not get the snake gets it. I'ts all I use on my Garand or anything else I cannot clean from the breach.
 
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