Boresnake vs Otis Ripcord


The bore snakes are great I’ve been using them for a long time. I got my first Otis Ripcord and I got to say it’s pretty awesome it brings a feature set that the boresnake does not offer, the ability to add different cleaning tools to the Ripcord is a big Plus! Is anybody else using the Otis ripcord I’d like to hear your thoughts and opinions?


I prefer the boresnake. I gave the otis away. It wasnt bad but im just use to the boresnake.


I use them regularly after every outing with my guns. Very convenient vs. older cleaning kits.

My makeshift cleaning & maintenance go bag. I have a decent cleaning kit when I feel the need for serious break-down cleaning…


@Wildlife, the ability to add a tool to the Ripcord to help dislodge obstructions is a really nice feature to have, that’s the the main difference distinction between the two products.



I have a bore snake for my 9mm, it works well, but I still find myself reaching for the rod most of the time


hahha, wait, which one? Yes, I was young.


@Tactical_Reviews, sometimes it’s not always convenient and you need something portable when you’re out in the field or at the range.


Youre still young ,TR.


I’ll go ahead and get me one for the gun I’m currently working on. Once finished with it, I’ll need to sight it in & test some new ammo for it. I’ll give the “Ripcord” a whirl then and let you know what I think. Appreciate it, thanks!.


@Wildlife, I’m confident you’re going to like it quite a bit, the fact that you can add all your other rods and brushes to it makes it stand out from the competition.


When I go deer hunting I carry an MTM Case-Guard wallet with 9 rounds (plus four in the magazine) and it has just enough room for a Boresnake.

The multiple cleaning heads is a good idea . . . but I have a couple one-piece cleaning rods for home use and the Boresnake is just for “casual” cleaning in the field or camp.


@Stumpkiller, I’m not familiar with the MTM case Gard is it a means of carrying extra ammunition

if you have time I’d be interested in taking a look at the MTM product you’re talking about.


Sure. Not as attractive as the leather case but it slips nicely in a coat pocket.


Got 2 don’t use either.


I have both bore snake and rip cord use at the range. Both work well.


Why don’t you use them?


Just easier for me to use the traditional cleaning rod. When I bought one for my 22 rifle from bass pro it didn’t fit. Took it back. It said 22 on it. I mostly shoot 9 9mm handguns so the snake is too much trouble.


I’ve had the same problem with small caliber bore snakes. Got one for 22/223 and I could swing the dang guns around the room. Cleaning rods work fine for me.


I had a .223 boresnake. Ripped it in half going down the tube if my AR-15. That was an absolute PITA to remove. I had to get a set of pliers and pull it piece by piece from the front.


I usually keep a boresnake in my 22lr case. Gives me the opportunity to clean it out in the field if need be. As for the ripcord, I can see how it appeals to some, but just not my favorite.