Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Range Reviews: Bore Tex Muzzle Protectors

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Bore Tex Muzzle Protectors

Large on a 12 gauge, Medium over a 22 Hornet with burlap and tape camo,
and the Small over a sporter weight 30 caliber barrel.

Good ol' Dukkiller introduced me to Will Evans the founder and President of Pro-Tex Outdoors, the manufacturers of Bore Tex muzzle protection caps.

Will started testing and development of his product in 2007 after repeatedly observing the difficulties that hunters sometimes have with stuff getting in their barrels, and the occasional blockage by mud, dirt, snow or ice.

They come three to a pack, and the tube is recyclable!

I've used black electrician's tape to protect the muzzle of my rifles when wading waist deep in the Everglades, but these caps are certainly more convenient. BORE TEX caps are flexible, extremely durable, will not rip or tear from normal contact with hard surfaces. Extreme temperatures, light, moisture and dirt have no affect on these durable muzzle caps. They are available in the textured matte black, or the new hi-viz blaze orange.

New Blaze Orange Color!

They are even designed to be shot through if the need arises. And the softer, more flexible material they are made of makes it a cinch to remove in a hurry, even after being shot through. You might ask, "Albert, why would you need to remove the cap after you shot?"

I am glad you asked.

Let's say you're in the US Army, and say you are posted in Afghanistan.  Let's say for further illustration, that you are a rifleman, not a REMF. You want to protect your muzzle, but the issue muzzle cover is made of a pretty stiff plastic.  Even though you can shoot through it with ease, it is a bear to remove in a hurry. And you know as well as I do that a covered flash suppressor doesn't work. The Bore Tex muzzle protector will come off easily even after a magazine of 5.56 has blown by it.

My main motivation for using them is to protect the bore from stuff creeping in there while I have the firearm sitting around.  When I am hunting, habits instilled in me by the military have so far kept me from ever dropping or plugging a muzzle.  But... for those that have found themselves in a situation where this kind of thing happens, Bore Tex is cheap insurance against a blown up barrel.

You can order them direct from Will through his company Pro-Tex Outdoors.  At $9.99 (and shipping included!) it's a bargain!

Pro-Tex Outdoors / Bore Tex

Albert A Rasch
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Before I get finished, let me cover my rear and say I got them for nothing, and nobody pays me for writing about stuff. How's that FTC? You happy now?

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Tovar@AMindfulCarnivore said...

Interesting item. My uncle hunts much of the time with a blackpowder muzzleloader and, particularly on damp days, uses a small balloon over the muzzle to keep moisture from sneaking down toward the charge. A balloon, of course, isn't half as rugged as these protectors. But it will stretch around the hefty maw of .54 caliber octagonal barrel.

jes said...

Albert, have they run any accuracy tests with them on, as compared to without them on? I use the balloon on my muzzleloader, as well, but usually don't bother with modern firearms, since they are so waterproof.

One thing to remember, though, when you say you leave one on to keep the bore clean...Don't! (unless it's for a short time, like a day) the bore of a rifle "sweats", from normal differences in temperature, and humidity, and if you leave the cover on, you leave that moisture in the bore, and subsequently, it rusts. I had it happen and learned my lesson. Stay well, amigo!

Albert A Rasch said...

Thanks Fellows,

Bion, you know you are absolutely right, and I forgot to mention it on the post. I saw several M16A2s with rusted flashhiders from REMFs leaving their issue muzzle protectors on. There was one that was so disgraceful, that I ziplocked a card to it saying:

Thanks guys!

Unknown said...

Bion, we did test the accuracy with the cap on as opposed to off. If you go to we have a video demonstrating one of the tests. In the video the bullet holes in the target are touching. With single projectile firearms there is a minimal to no loss in accuracy. With shotguns the cap does cause the pattern to spread faster. Thanks for the comments. Will Evans

Unknown said...

Bion and Albert, let me preface by saying you should always take the best care of your firarms, clean them after trips to the field, and store your guns in a dry place. With that being said we were worried about corrosion when developing the caps so we manufacture them with an internal coating that prevents corrosion on the end of the barrel. I am ashamed to say I know from experience it works. I left my rifle in the case too long after returning from deer hunting in bad weather last season. Bad gun ownership on my part I will use fatigue as an excuse. The outside of the barrel had accumulated rust except under the cap. The cap acted the same way masking tape does when painting a room. I will post a picture on the website and would gladle email a copy if you're interested. Thanks again for the comments I should have put that picture up a long time ago. Will Evans