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    Bore light options?

    I've used the brass drop in lights, they function as intended about 50% of the time and their life expectancy seems short even with replacing the batteries. Are there any other options?
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    AKA: GRMPS Conditor22's Avatar
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    Get a clear hot-melt glue stick, slide the end to the chamber and have a light source. You'll be surprised how well they illuminate the bore
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    Pro-Shot UV Bore Light Illuminator
    Last edited by Conditor22; 11-30-2019 at 01:38 PM.

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    I have one of those.Pro Shot illuminators. It does work but it needs assistance indoors from another light source. In a pinch, I just hold a piece of white paper in the breech. Normally I just aim a flashlight into the breech but not directly up the barrel. I have a couple freebie bendy light/laser things I got at NRA show or some other deal.

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    Boolit Master Bazoo's Avatar
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    I carry a streamlight stylus pro so, the only extra I need is a piece of white paper or a cleaning patch. The glue stick is a neat idea, thanks.

    Oops, I didn't realize this was in the ML section. My comments don't apply then.

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    I bought a 5.5mm endoscope, it has a light and a lense which give you the option of taking a pic of your bore. It uses either your phone, or pc as the camera, you can view live, take video or pics. I've also used it to check in crevices to find dropped items, it has a magnet and a hook to retrieve small items. Much cheaper than brand name scopes, and work good enough for me to find issues in my bores.

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    Boolit Master
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    Go to the fishing department and buy a green or yellow light for light floats. Fits down to .22 cal.

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    Boolit Buddy Johnny_Cyclone's Avatar
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    I've always dropped an empty, nickle 9mm or 38 special case nose first down the bore. Then I shine a flashlight down on it, or often my desk lamp. The reflection off the case base is enough to illumine the bore.
    Last edited by Johnny_Cyclone; 11-29-2019 at 11:44 AM. Reason: desk lamp

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    Boolit Master
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    Harbor Freight sells a bore scope, but it only goes down to 45 caliber. I has a 45 degree mirror attachment so you can see very fine details.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Apparently you can get arrow knocks that light up and I have heard of people using those for a bore light. Apparently they are cheap. I can't say for sure as I never tried them.

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    Boolit Master
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    You can get a bobber light, that pushes on and pulls off, will go thru a .17 bore, just drop it down the bore and it shows any pits, dirt or if it is shiny. They cost $5-6 at Bass pro, or I buy them by the dozen on Amazon for less than $3 and I sell them for $6 at the LGS, when someone brings it up or needs one and I am there. I forgot and left one on in a ML barrel and remembered it 48 hours later it was still on, just for a reference of how long they last. I keep one or two in a small pill bottle in my pocket at all times. Hope this helps.

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    Boolit Master scattershot's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Cyclone View Post
    I've always dropped an empty, nickle 9mm or 38 special case nose first down the bore. Then I shine a flashlight down on it, or often my desk lamp. The reflection off the case base is enough to illumine the bore.
    I do the same. It works well.
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