A good bore light?

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Larry (Omaha)

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Looking for a good drop in bore light. One that is battery operated without a wire obstructing the view. I have used the small disposable ones, but I don't like the yellow/lime color it gives off. Where can one get a decent drop in light for 45 cal and larger that gives a bright, non colored light?
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Like you, I did not care for the disposable light. For a while I used a cheap key chain light that easily disassembled and reassembled using only the AAA battery, light and spring on the battery to hold the bulb against the positive terminal. I then used a disassembled pin light from Simpson LTD, free with order (otherwise $7 each) it proved to be a pain as it got stuck in a patent breech plug. I am currently using a Streamlight Nano. I chucked it up in the lathe and cut the bell shap off the end, so that it is straight across. Best bore light ever! If you don't have a lathe you might be able to chuck the light in a drill and use a file to remove the bell portion of the light.
 

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I go one better than Nit Wit. I glued a small mirror to the end of a short section of gasline hose. Send it down the barrel and shine a flashlight on it to see see the bore. If I really want to get a close look at the lands and grooves, I have a "endoscope" I picked up on evilbay cheap. It works super, and reveals any minor pitting or rough spots in the bore. I record the images on my computer, and use them for reference if for some reason I start to have accuracy or loading problems.
 

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I glued a small mirror to the end of a short section of gasline hose
I go a but more than Nitwit, but not as fancy as this...
I use foil, shiny side out, around a 9mm or .223 cartridge case, dropped down the bore, and a flashlight. It's shiny and flat like a mirror, and I can usually find either one of those pieces of brass and some tinfoil.
 

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I use a button jag, remove the patch spike and polish the face to the point where it becomes a mirror. Trim the length to be slightly longer than bore diameter so that it can't tip over and jamb, then allow it to slide down the bore till it's at full depth. Shine a lamp down the bore and the reflected light will reveal most problems.
 

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I use small lights used for fishing line bobbers. They are available at fishing supply stores. the one I use is made by Thill and they come in different colors. Just drop em down the barrel. They really lite it up. Good luck
 

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A peice of aluminum of the right diameter, chuck it up in a drill
And polish it up and drop it down bore and shine a light in the muzzle.
 

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Looking for a good drop in bore light. One that is battery operated without a wire obstructing the view. I have used the small disposable ones, but I don't like the yellow/lime color it gives off. Where can one get a decent drop in light for 45 cal and larger that gives a bright, non colored light?
Thanks
Flintlocklar :idunno:
Try led fish bobber lights they come in different colors and will fit the smallest bore.
 

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I use this tiny torches that come attached to a pair of tweezers off eBay. Just take the tweezers off. Good for .45 and above and only a couple of dollars each.
 

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I use a Streamlight Stylus REACH a lot. I have several of them, purchased locally at uniform shop. I have two or three of the small ones and one of the 18" ones. Keep one in range bags, reloading bench, black powder box. You can get them on Amazon.com as well.
I use it with these gizzmos called Alum Brite.

I got them from The Possible Shop. You can order them in a number of calibers starting with .32 caliber and going up. They are mirror polish on the one side. Altough, you will have to order something else or you'll pay $10.00 minimum shipping fee for a $3.05 item.

I liked that fishing bobber gizzmo as well! I have a light made by Traditions, but it doesn't fit smaller than .50 caliber.
 

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Here is a picture of the .58 caliber Aluma Brite and the Traditions Bore Light in my black powder box. You can see the brass bore light, and the Aluma Brite sitting above it in the Traditions pack just above the dead-blow hammer. I miss typoed the Aluma Brite in the post above. Called it Alum Brite. I must be getting old, or my keyboard is getting sticky, or maybe a little of both. I guess I could proof read these posts huh? Nay, that's too much like work. ;)
 

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Hey, put Alum Brite down your bore, it won't be bright for long huh? :)
 

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I use this tiny torches that come attached to a pair of tweezers off eBay. Just take the tweezers off. Good for .45 and above and only a couple of dollars each.
Hey thanks for the idea! I just ordered one for $1.45 for my .45. I bought the Traditions light off Amazon but it is just for .50 cal and up. With my Amazon points it was free!
 

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Here's a bore light I find works very well. Found this at O'Reilly's Auto Parts. But you can probably find it online also. Easily fits .32 caliber and larger. It gives off a very bright white light. The tiny holes on the side allow the light to glow in both the vertical and horizontal. And it has a hole in one end to attach a thin wire or nylon string (works best) allowing you to raise and lower the light at will. Think they are about $10.00 and you can get replacement batteries. For the smaller calibers, you can remove the pocket clip.
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