Overland Park, KS 66214
The Bore Snake Viper utilizes the same one-pass pull-through technology and compact storage size of the original Bore Snake with the addition of an extra cleaning brush for a total of three, providing 50 % more cleaning power.
The Bore Snake Viper has a cone shaped bore guide on the leading end to allow for easy insertion into your gun's bore.
The pull cord on the Bore Snake Viper is attached directly to the brushes for superior strength. The area to apply lubricant on the Bore Snake is clearly marked in bright orange.
The Bore Snake Viper is available to fit .22 - .30 caliber rifles, 9mm - .45 caliber hand guns and 12 gauge shotguns."
This has to rank right up there with one of the scariest looking packages that any company has offered for gun cleaning products! Unless you suffer from ophidiophobia however, you'll probably really like it. It really grabs your attention.
I have used the Bore Snake for cleaning various gun bores for many years. I have regarded it as a "range item" for my shotguns and as a prelude to a full "deep cleaning" http://allaboutshooting.com/articles.php?tPath=39 of shotguns, rifles and pistols at the bench.
Hoppe's #9 bore cleaner, from this same company, has been a staple for me for as long as I can remember because it works, it's very reasonably priced and widely available. When I want to thoroughly clean a bore, its my go-to item.
When I'm in still target shotgun competition, shooting sporting clays, trap or skeet, many times I dry-brush my choke and the bore to remove plastic and unburned powder residue.
When I read some information about the new Viper Bore Snake, I decided to give one a try and see if the claims made of "...50% more cleaning power" were something that I could visibly observe.
Since what I shoot mostly are shotguns, I decided to try the 12 gauge shotgun model.
No better way to try it out than to go to the range, starting with a clean barrel and burn some powder. I had some new shotshells to evaluate and also 3 prototypes of a new turkey choke design to try, so that gave me all the incentive that I needed.
I took a Benelli SBE, a Browning BPS and a Mossberg 935 to the range. The tight bore of the SBE and the overbored barrels of the BPS and 935 would provide a good test of the versatility of the 12 gauge Viper Bore Snake.
I fired 10 rounds each through the guns. I removed the barrels so that I could get a good look at the fouling and be better able to evaluate the performance of the Viper. There was moderate fouling in each, some visible plastic and unburned powder residue. Next I reinstalled them and began the cleaning process.
I started with the SBE and gave it 3 pulls through from the chamber to the muzzle, followed by the BPS and then the 935. I removed the barrels and performed the same inspection as before the process.
Both the SBE and BPS barrels looked to be free of the material I'd seen before the process. The 935 was a bit different however. It was certainly much cleaner over all and the last 6" - 8" of the bore, near the muzzle, was free of the steaks of gunk that had appeared there before the cleaning but the remainer of the .775 overbored barrel, near the chamber area had some residue left.
Frankly, I'm not sure my attempt to clean the 935 was a fair test of the Viper. That barrel is in reality a 10 gauge bore for the most part and I could feel the Viper slide very easily until it encountered the last few inches toward the muzzle.
The 12 gauge sizing is just not large enough for the major length of this barrel. A 10 gauge Viper, not yet available, might well do the job much more thoroughly. It did however remove the fouling that is most likely to degrade the patterns near the muzzle and in the choke tube.
I really like the new design. The "bore guide" is a nice feature that helps to prevent the snake from becoming caught on parts in the chamber. I don't ever use lubricant on any Bore Snake, so the portion marked on the Viper for this purpose is not an advantage to me but if you use it for oiling your gun as well as cleaning, it would be of benefit.
Now to answer the question I'd posed to myself after reading the promotional material. Does new Viper provide "...50% more cleaning power" than the original Bore Snake. Well, my "test method" is a little subjective but it's the only way that I know to test that claim.
I "deep cleaned" the bore of the SBE and returned to the range the next day. Same shells, same choke and shot 10 more. I removed the barrel, looked at the residue, replaced it and then...pulled one of my older Bore Snakes through the bore from the chamber to the muzzle, 3 times. I removed it and took a look. It looked pretty good but I'd have to admit, the Viper seemed to do a better job.
That's pretty understandable since there is 50% more "brush" area to the Viper than to the original Bore Snake. More brush area equals more "scrubbing" effect, followed by the flossing action