Searching For That Ultimate Recipe
I have talked about this subject in previous posts such as Barrel Maintenance Bore Cleaning, Barrel Cleaning Marathon Or Sprint, Rifle Cleaning Never A Boring Topic and I have also used a few cleaning solvents such as M-Pro 7 and BoreTech Eliminator following their regimen in the search for the Holy Grail of Fast Bore Cleaning.
Personally I would like to have my rifle bore, chamber and exterior cleaned within the hour and stored away for the next range visit rather than making cleaning a weekend project.
Now here I am once again trying out another bore cleaning possibility. It’s really a combination of two products. Firstly I use Forrest Foam to get a start on the carbon and copper fouling before following up with a complete patch and scrub clean using BoreTech Eliminator.
As a precursor to the video below I have left Forrest Foam in the bore for approximately 24hrs. I am breaking the rules a lot here as it is suggested that 15 minutes is an adequate amount of time to leave the foam in the bore for normal fouling and maybe a little longer for severe fouling. Forrest Foam is non toxic or ammonia based, but as always a ventilated area is highly recommended whenever you use any type of solvent.
There is possibly no need for a follow up cleaning once Forrest Foam is used and patched out. I have read a few usage reports published online from the Finnish Military and the Finnish 300 m rifle shooters of the project team “Atlanta -96” stating that their barrels where cleaned as good, if not better than when other more toxic solvents are used with the patch and brush regimen.
Bore Scope v Eyeballing
To determine how clean my bore is after a cleaning, I really would need to get my hands on a quality Bore Scope. This would allow a 360 degree picture along the entire bore to determine if there was still carbon or copper fouling present. Unfortunately a quality Bore Scope such as the Hawkeye is out of my price range. Currently I can only eyeball the bore from the muzzle end to see if there is any dull untidy surfaces as the bore should be quite shiny and smooth when cleaned. The old fashioned eyeballing will not allow you to detect if there is fouling on the lands and grooves especially in the centre of the bore as it is further from the eye and light source.
The BoreTech Follow Up
As the ‘doubting Thomas‘ I didn’t just stop my bore cleaning once the Forrest Foam was patched out. I followed up with my BoreTech Eliminator cleaning regimen. Using this ‘two solvent‘ cleaning regimen I didn’t find much of a time saving but I do believe that applying Forrest Foam as an early starter before leaving the range is something worth considering as it begins the process of breaking down the carbon and copper fouling as you travel homeward bound. You never know you might just save yourself a few cleaning patches and a bit of elbow grease.
This is why we have to trust in the clean patch popping out off the barrel to declare the end of every bore cleaning regimen. ‘Not forgetting that if a brass jag is used then it can still produce signs of copper fouling as the solvent reacts with the brass‘.