New From Hoppes: Improved BoreSnake and BoreSnake Viper Den

How sad is my life that I can happily spend it writing about Hoppe’s improved bore snake and bore snake “viper den”? OK sure, the Maker’s Mark 46 may have a little something to do with it. But my life is better knowing that their BoreSnake now includes a T-handle. Kinda like a Hurst shifter. Except for guns. That’s it. That’s all I got. Press release:

The BoreSnake and BoreSnake Viper Den showcase that the original, fastest bore cleaner on the planet has a new and improved home.

The BoreSnake now includes a T-handle for easier pull through of your firearm and a reuseable carrying case that you can keep in your range bag or backpack to protect your BoreSnake during transport.

A one pass solution, BoreSnake uses an integrated bronze brush to scrub out carbon fouling, while the tail clears the barrel of loose debris with a surface area 160 times larger than a standard patch. The original BoreSnake is back and better than ever at an MSRP of $16.99-$19.99.


  1. avatar Dave says:

    The handle sounds pretty nice, actually. It seems like a better idea than wrapping an end around my hand and cutting of circulation.

    1. avatar Mystickal says:

      I usually stick a cleaning rod, multi tool or folded knife through the loop to make my own handle. This handle will make it too big to carry in the buttstock of my AR. Would probably make a decent addition to the range bag though.

      1. avatar JasonM says:

        I’m assuming the T-handle will attach to the other end, to make it easier to pull it through. In the picture, it looks like it clamps on the brass weight. I cut the loops on the follow end open, because they occasionally catch on something in fixed barrel guns, and have no useful purpose I can determine.

        With longer barrels, that huge surface area turns into a lot of friction, so the hand wrap technique can hurt. I have an improvised T-handle (i.e. I wrap the black cord around a small hammer) that I use for rifle length barrels, but a purpose built item at a decent price could be more convenient.

    2. avatar AdamTA1 says:

      I bought my first boresnake 5 or 6 years ago as a Hoppes kit that came with the boresnake. Hoppes #9 cleaner and lube and a mat that folds up into a “carrying case”. It also came with a t-handle that I used once and then realized it was easier and faster to just wrap it around my hand and pull the thing through.

  2. avatar Geoff PR says:

    “OK sure, the Maker’s Mark 46 may have a little something to do with it. But my life is better knowing that their BoreSnake now includes a T-handle. Kinda like a Hurst shifter.”

    A Hurst shifter? Next thing you know, you’ll be hitting eBay for vintage Crager mags for your Benz. (Just don’t hop-up the rear end. Unless it’s an AMG).

    As a younger and more obnoxious twerp than I am now (*if* you can believe it) I was a Jack man exclusively. Then I got a taste of Maker’s Mark.

    I fell in *love* with the taste. Very nice stuff, indeed.

    Oh, yeah, the BoreSnake Viper Den. Nice snake pattern on the fabric weave…

  3. avatar BlazinTheAmazin says:

    Gotta love that Makers Mark. Also a big fan of the bore snakes. Ran one through an old 22 I ain’t cleaned in a coon’s age and it almost got stuck ha!

  4. avatar No one of consequence says:

    Hoppes boresnake or Otis ripcord? Or one of the newer brand-x imports from Amazon?

    I’ve become somewhat partial to the Real Avid Bore Boss, which has an integrated handle and storage case; but the coated-wire-and-ball end sometimes gets hung up in/on muzzle devices.

  5. avatar ACP_arms says:

    I’ve never had a problem with just wrapping the string end around my hand.

    If it sells, Ok.

    1. avatar Indy Jones says:

      same, but i would not be opposed to the nice little case/t-handle combo

    2. avatar doesky2 says:

      Wrapping the string around my hand a few times significantly shortens the excess cordage so you don’t need a wingspan like a bald eagle to pull the whole snake through. The T handle sounds like a hindrence to me.

      1. avatar ACP_arms says:

        Good point.

      2. avatar Anymouse says:

        You could wrap the cord around the T-handle.

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