Pull the trigger on one of Huntego Limited’s CleanShot shoot-thru bore cleaning cartridges and that’s it; your 12 gauge bore is clean. With different layers of scrubbers and patches and 9,600 psi of outward pressure, it’s supposed to remove carbon, lead, plastic, and other fouling and debris.
First I needed a dirty barrel, and my over-under graciously provided two of them.
Okay, so taking cell phone photos of the inside of a chrome-lined barrel on a sunny Texas day proved extraordinarily difficult. I think the third photo is the most telling, as you can easily see the lead and plastic skid marks in the bottom barrel. They were both very dirty, full of bits of carbon, paper, unburned powder, lead, plastic, and whatever else.
I loaded a CleanShot in each chamber and pulled the trigger. I was surprised by the amount of boom and thump they produced. It isn’t as loud or as powerful as a 12-gauge birdshot load, but you will want ear protection and, as Huntego makes clear, treat it just as you would live, deadly ammunition.
And voila! The bore was clean. And even harder to photograph to show it. Actually, I was truly surprised just how clean and shiny the bores were — legit mirror clean. Other than a couple little flecks of unburned powder or cleaning medium, it was flawless quicksilver chrome.
Running a clean patch down both bores didn’t show much. Some dust from firing what Huntego says is a uniquely clean-burning propellant or possibly just some loose carbon that the CleanShot broke free, but didn’t wipe out the front. Impressive at any rate, as this patch would have come out jet black prior to the CleanShot’s passage.
I couldn’t have done much better if I’d broken out the cleaning kit and solvent, used some elbow grease and done it the old fashioned way. Then again, the old fashioned way wouldn’t have cost $5 ($2.50 per CleanShot times two barrels).
According to Huntego’s Twitter feed, we’ll be seeing their product in Walmart stores very soon.
Specifications: Huntego CleanShot Shoot-Thru Gun Bore Cleaner
Caliber: 12 gauge 2-3/4″ (more shotgun calibers and possibly pistol and rifle calibers planned)
Firearm: for both smooth and rifled bores
Lethal: Yes. Treat like live ammunition.
100% Gun Barrel Safe
MSRP: $2.50 per round
Ratings (out of five stars):
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It really works!
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It’s really easy!
It’s really expensive!
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It’s really cool! But you have to be willing to trade a couple minutes of your time for $2.50 per bore cleaning.