I finally received some email on my first review of the Otis Ripcord. You may access the review from the ‘Product Reviews’ page, but I can give you the bottom line. The ‘one and done’ line is just a marketing line.
One person suggested that I spray the barrel or treat the Ripcord with some solvent before running it through, then I would only have to run a couple patches through to soak up all the solvent. Another suggested using a Bore Snake instead.
Well, how about all of the above? Actually, that is pretty much the starting cleaning procedure for my AR-10. Just before leaving for vacation, I did an ammo evaluation and shot all 20 rounds. Before leaving the range, I field-stripped the Sig 716 and sprayed the barrel with some Ballistol. After a small wait, I ran the Ripcord through a single time. When I returned home, I treated a .308 Bore Snake with FireClean and then ran that through.
According to RipCord and Bore Snake fans, I should have a squeaky clean barrel. Well, here are the first four patches after the above treatment.
This is considerably better than a single pass with the Ripcord as in the prior review, but it’s still not ‘one and you’re done’ and not even ‘two and you’re done.’
I do like having the RipCord in my range bag so that I can get a head start on the cleaning process while I’m at the range. And, I have nothing against Bore Snakes. They are, however, just tools and not magic wands. Use them with the proper expectations and you will have a smooth and easy cleaning process. Just don’t buy into the ‘one and done’ hype.
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