Shoot your Shotgun Bore Clean!… No, For Real, Huntego Shells Do Just That


There is a new cleaning company on the scene flipping conventional wisdom on its head. The idea of “shooting” your gun clean might sound idealistic and fictitious, but it is something that now exists as a result of Huntego. They make a shotgun shell that can clean your gun if you shoot it. A more complete and better explanation of the product is stated on the Huntego website:

CleanShot is a patented high-velocity bore cleaning device utilizing approximately 9,500 PSI of outward pressure to power scrub, trap particles and wipe your bore clean. Designed to be used in the field or at a range, CleanShot allows shooters to maintain their firearms with minimal cleaning equipment, effort and mess.

Watch for yourself in this video below.

Seems like a magic trick to me, and likely most of us, who are accustomed to pulling a Boresnake or pushing patches with a ramrod. If you are wondering how effect these shells are at cleaning your shotgun bore, this is the answer:

Based on indoor range and outdoor evaluations, test procedures show products removing upwards of 95% of the contaminants.

If the next time I shoot clay pigeons or go upland bird hunting, I can skip the patch pushing routine for an extra couple shots downrange, sign me up!

Curt Whitworth is the inventor of these wonder shells and is based out of Michigan. Currently, the Huntego website lists only 3 dealers of these shells in the US; all based out of Michigan.

The shells can be bought online in 2-, 4-, 6- or 8-Packs at a price breakdown of $2.50 per shell. Here is a final video showing a “Patch Test” of a Huntego Cleanshot bore versus one that was not cleaned with their product.

So there you have it! Shooting your shotgun clean is now a “thing.” Now, if we could just get Huntego to make some handgun and rifle cartridges…

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • DanGoodShot

    At $2.50 a pop, I’ll stick with my big fat bore snake.

  • Blake

    Excellent idea, but at >$2/shot it’s for “emergency use only”. For general cleaning I’ll stick with the boresnake, & when we’ve had problems with dirty shotguns it wasn’t the bore, it was the semi-auto action guts or the gas system that needed cleaning.

    Perfect for the rich & lazy however :-).

    Anyway my favorite shotgun is a Ruger over/under, which works great even after hundreds of rounds.

    • Some Rabbit

      Seriously, it’s a shotgun. Of course you should clean your gun regularly but how much soot in the bore would it take to seriously affect the accuracy?

    • derpmaster

      A friend of mine rigged up one of those long metal garden sprayers with a longer tube and a 360 degree nozzle. Works wonders for shotgun barrels, gets like 95% of the gunk out with a couple of passes. Of course you have to dry and lubricate afterwards but I’m really surprised no company has thought of making a product like that.

      • Seth Hill

        Set the system up using a pressure washer as the basis of the pump, offer single and double wand systems, and have it set up that it doesn’t start spraying until you start pushing the barrel(s) down over the wand(s) and turns off when you lift the gun off the spray wands.

    • Shaun Connery Oliver II

      Yep. Boresnakes always pay for themselves. Good idea in theory from Huntego, but a little bit more expensive for those kind of shells.

    • gunsandrockets

      Give this product five years of pressure from competitors in the free market, and we might see the price drop to more reasonable levels.

      At $2.50 per round, I’m inclined to buy zero of them.

  • Dickie

    Absolutely love it.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    Little did we know that these inkblots on the cleaning patches are an online Rorschach test for gunowners!

  • Rick O’Shay

    You’d have to be lazy AF to buy these.

    • Independent George

      I am lazy AF!

      I also don’t own a shotgun. But if I did, I’d order these online, because I’m too lazy to look for it in stores.

      • int19h

        FWIW, you can get a 20ga Mossberg that’s under 6 lbs.

    • Edeco

      I’m indolent as heck 🙂

      • Theo Brinkman

        I don’t know how you’d manage to fit it through a .22 barrel, but I’m sure that if you manage to do so, the barrel would be *very* clean.

  • adverse4

    Because I am too lazy to run a bore snake thru it.

  • codfilet

    Is it really necessary to clean a shotgun barrel anyway? I’ve never noticed them getting very dirty.

    • Shankbone

      Yes, cleaning a shotgun’s barrel is necessary. When and why is dependent on how the gun was last used, intended storage, environment, etc. Like, during waterfowl season, I might not clean my shotgun until Sunday afternoon because I will hunt Sat/Sun mornings. Now, if I shot a Remington, I’d oil it down every 10 minutes while sitting in the blind, just so I wouldn’t have to watch the shotgun rust away in my hands.

      • Dealing with contamination is one thing. But from normal shooting the bore itself shouldn’t need cleaning but once in a blue moon.

        For me the action parts, the chokes, and the chamber are the only things I clean on my shotguns with any regularity.

    • derpmaster

      If you shoot cheap shells, they get filthy after 100 rounds or so. Premium shells like AA’s will keep your barrel cleaner because they use more expensive powder.

    • Nick

      I’ve gone a few weeks without cleaning my O/U shooting 100 shells a week with no issues. They were just cheap Federal bulk shells and I didn’t notice much dirt or buildup when I finally cleaned it, I just felt guilty about not cleaning it for that long. My 870 on the other hand gets an annual cleaning at best and I have yet to experience any issues.

  • Haulin’ Oats

    I really want this in 5.56 at a price thats the same as regular FMJ. Strap on a blank firing adapter and hammer away till your ar is clean.

  • Swarf

    Wait. You’re supposed to clean a shotgun?

    /Mossberg 500

    Meh. Wake me when they’ve built something that will shoot clean my Mosin after running corrosive surplus ammo through is.

    That I would pay $2.50 a round for.

    • Nashvone

      I’ve got an old J. C. Higgins bolt action 12 gauge. The owners manual says that if Sears shotgun shells are used in it the gun will never need to be cleaned. From the appearance of it when I took it apart, the previous owners took them at their word.


    $2.50 is 14 birdshot shells.


  • Bierstadt54

    I am always interested in new tech. Three problems, though:

    1) My shooting club would not be too enthused to have spent cleaning rounds littering the place. Neither would I. Same issue for hunting.
    2) Running the Boresnake is the quickest part of my cleaning session after shooting. If I do not clean a gun after handling it it WILL rust.
    3) Cost over time. $2.50 is not much, but it adds up – a boresnake is also fast, plus it is reusable and can actually be used in the home.

    I am sure some people will try these but to me it seems like a well-intentioned but gimmicky idea.

  • Raptor Fred

    Not buying until I see a Ballistic Gel Test.

  • Pistolero

    So this test proves that these things get the bore cleaner, but not totally clean. In other words, I still have to run patches through the bore if I want it clean. I have therefore not eliminated any steps.

  • Wow!

    Wax slugs. Saved you lots of money. That said, with shotguns the bore really doesn’t ever have to be cleaned, just lubricated to prevent rust. It uses a fast burning powder like handguns and instead of metal to metal contact and rifling (well with smooth bores) it has a plastic wad that slides down. The real maintenance is in cleaning fouling from the action (which no one ever seems to do) or the gas system.

  • Borris Biggins

    I have to agree with the others, at $2.50 a pop, no pun intended, I’ll stick with cleaning patches. I realize cleaning a shotgun’s bore is essential, especially when patterning because I have seen my turkey loads open up in as few as three or four shots without cleaning. They don’t open up a lot mind you, but the spread opens and of that there is no question. However, at $2.50 to clean it when you can clean it almost as fast with a a few passes with a rod and patch? Gonna have to pass until the price comes down to no more than a buck a shot, then I might give it a go.