Endo-Snake Bore Scope

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  1. Killick

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  2. Killick

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    ...sounds, invasive, I know.
     
  3. Dusty Stevens

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    Without a 90deg mirror to actually see into the grooves just save your money. Theres no cheap way out if you just gotta have a borescope
     
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  4. Someoldguy

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    I agree. An endoscope is fun to play with and may help you decide why an internal combustion engine blew up or make you decide to have your duct work professionally cleaned, but they are next to worthless for evaluating rifle barrels.
     
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    Good to know.
     
  6. snakepit

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    I agree with Dusty that the 90 degree mirror is necessary to really be able to inspect the inside of the barrel.
     
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    I will disagree with others. While it does not give a great view of the metal surface (pitting, etc), one can clearly see buildup in the grooves and has helped me to improve my cleaning regiment significantly. $20 or less is worthwhile for this alone.
     
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  8. Just Say Moe

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    The focal distance is 6cm - quite a long ways. I've got one similar and it's ok for looking down a bore - don't expect alot of detail.
     
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    This shows you what to expect.
     
  10. Ggmac

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    Focal length and mirror . You can buy a similar on Amazon for $25
    And they come with a mirror , still wasted money .
     
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    I have a Lyman borescope, which, while not perfect, works well enough for me.

    For someone who is just trying to see what's left in the bore (gross opper and carbon fouling), this thing (for 1/10 the price) should do quite well.

    If you're trying to document condition of the metal down the barrel, well, I'd say that this thing focuses too far out and looks forwards rather than sideways, so it's not going to work too well for that.

    Neat little tool; for the money I may get one to throw into the range kit.
     
  12. Ggmac

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    You will NOT see anything useful . I have 4-5 of them here . I use them for engine work now .
     
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  13. EndoSnake

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    Hey guys, saw this thread in our Analytics reports and wanted to join the discussion!

    Firstly, thanks for the feedback, and for the kind words here. As far as some of the other points raised here, let me try to address them.


    Obviously, you won't get the Hawkeye or Lyman resolution, but those costs hundreds, if not thousands of bucks; we've created these specifically as a smartphone/tablet field expedient application

    we are working on the 90-deg mirror

    yes there are lower priced generic items you can get , and we actually used to sell those last year, but those come in larger diameters (5.5mm 7mm and 8mm). There are also 3.9mm "ear pick otoscopes" popping up but those still won't work on your 5.56 due to the way they're designed

    we kept seeing again and again a lot of comments and requests from the 5.56 community like yourselves to get them something, so for 9 months we've been back and forth with the manufacturer to make something that works, and this is how the current 3.9mm was born. It is a little bit more expensive because we had to find the right CMOS chips to fit an inspection tube that small, which was no easy feat

    some reviews we received:

    instagram.com/p/BvIBz6yHjLd/
    instagram.com/p/Bu-IV7nHBmB/
    instagram.com/p/BtUuSKxnlKG/



    Happy to answer more questions!
     
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  14. Texas10

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    Watching the videos there seems to be conflicting information about focal distance. Is it 3cm or 6cm?

    I have several endoscopes and find them quite useful for chamber, throat or muzzle inspections and are very capable in revealing carbon rings, copper in the bore, chamber and neck condition. No they are not capable of detailed inspection of lands and grooves. That takes a genuine bore scope, at a genuine bore scope price. But for those not having or wanting to spend that kind of coin, these WILL tell you everything you need to know about your cleaning methods especially in the chamber and throat area.

    IMOP, no one who regularly cleans a rifle should be without this, or something like this. Simply relying on patch color is like driving with a blindfold on.
     
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  15. EndoSnake

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    Double-checked, and for the 3.9mm EndoSnake model it's 3cm.
    For 5.5mm and up it's about 5-6cm
    Hope this helps!
     
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    Gotta try one of them 3.9mm jobbies. 3cm focal distance is just about right for a look-see in the chamber and throat.
     

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