View Full Version : Homemade cleaning patches??

Uncle Ben
April 1, 2008, 03:01 PM
Does anyone use old T shirt cutouts or anything similar instead of store-bought patches? Just wondering if there are any good alternatives to save a few bucks, or whether I should just stick with the real stuff...


April 1, 2008, 03:03 PM
Does anyone use old T shirt cutouts or anything similar instead of store-bought patches?

For years old t-shirts cut into squares were all I used to clean my guns with. I mostly use store bought patches now but will still whip out an old t-shirt if the mood strikes.

Uncle Ben
April 1, 2008, 04:47 PM
I guess that's all I needed to know:) Thanks!

Bailey Boat
April 1, 2008, 05:18 PM
I go to the local fabric store and buy cotton flannel by the yard. It's usually about 2.00 per yard and is about 40" wide. I then purchased one of the circular roller cutters for cloth (9.99) and can cut them any size I want. I shoot mainly shotguns so I have a special size for each of the 4 gages. Same principal would work for rifles and handguns, a size for whatever caliber you shoot......

April 1, 2008, 05:28 PM
i just recently bought a pack of gun patches made from cut up cloth.

so im am sure cutting up old cloth is fine

April 1, 2008, 05:31 PM
I buy a bundle of cheap terry cloth towels from Cosco and cut them up to use for cleaning my shotguns. They work much better than the patches offered commercially and are significantly cheaper.

April 1, 2008, 06:41 PM
For my rifles I buy Butch's patches.

April 2, 2008, 05:23 AM
I buy 100% cotton flannel by the yard at the fabric store and cut patches from it. Works much better than old "T" short material.


Jack Reevez
April 2, 2008, 09:13 AM
Uncle Ben..

Old cotton t-shirts work great.
I use a strong tissue paper to saturate with solvent to clean the bores. Afterwards i use old cotton t shirt rags ( and patches made of it) to clean and they work great. Just make sure they are clean before using them to clean ur firearms.

Uncle Ben
April 2, 2008, 09:20 AM
Great ideas everybody. Thanks for the input.

April 2, 2008, 05:45 PM
Quality paper towels work fine, too - like Bounty brand. I tear them up into small pieces to thread into the bore loop, or end of the jag. I use them for 95% of the cleaning then finish with a cloth patch for a final thorough scrub. they work just as well as most patches, and better than some.

April 3, 2008, 04:04 PM
Walmart has t-shirt remnants in a camo plastic bag for 2 bucks or so... Big bag for the $... Some random sizing going on so have some scissors...

April 3, 2008, 09:18 PM
I routinely relegate old T-shirts to the cleaning kit box once the arms give way. Sit happily in front of the TV cuttin' up cloth into various sizes. I've gotten very good at estimating the perfect sized patch for my various calibers.

April 15, 2008, 09:12 PM
I've tried using cut up t-shirts in my rifles but they don't seem to have the necessary elasticity - they just ended up getting crammed in the barrel when I use a spear jag. The blue shop towels, however, seem to work okay.

I use shop towel for patches in my 12 and 20ga with no problems.

Anyone know what material Hoppes, Gunslick, Outers etc. use for commercial patches. I'd like to buy in bulk and cut up my own.

April 17, 2008, 09:52 AM
The patches I buy are just scraps of t-shirt material and they seem to work better than the Hoppes, Outers, etc type of patches - more absorbent and less apt to tear.

April 21, 2008, 10:44 AM
I ran out one evening so I snatched a roll of my wife's leg waxing material. :D

I'm not sure what it costs though so it might not be an economical solution. I usually use old bed sheets.

April 21, 2008, 10:58 AM
I usually use old bed sheets.

Same here, along with recycled t-shirts. My wife finds me sheets for $.50 at the Goodwill.

April 21, 2008, 11:50 AM
Quality paper towels work fine, too - like Bounty brand.Yup, that's mostly what I use. Not so great for small-bore rifles, but it's really all you need for most pistol cleaning.

April 21, 2008, 06:00 PM
Good ones work great. Cut strips then fold to get proper fit. Really will absorb excess solvent and oil. Glad to see I'm not the only one using these johnKSA and Kamerer.

April 21, 2008, 06:23 PM
over the years I have used old bed sheets that my wife had decided to discard.broke down and bought a cheap pair of scissors to whittle the sheets down to size. you all take care.

April 22, 2008, 10:25 PM
The trick is to get your neighbors tshirt off the clothes line... Much cheaper! Crap.. I hope he isn't a member....

April 22, 2008, 11:22 PM
Inspetor, I'll be in my hide waiting next laundry day. You belong to me now!

Does anybody know to cook Inspectors? Boiled, fried or stewed?


April 23, 2008, 03:15 AM
I use pure cotton wool-just wrap it around the cleaning rod:cool:

April 23, 2008, 05:48 AM
Any type of cloth that will fit down the bore will work fine......even paper towels in a pinch with shotguns. :)

April 23, 2008, 11:03 PM
50 cal? Thats right.... Tampax baby! They need longer strings on them thangs:eek:
Dang! I knew I'd get busted swiping laundry:D

April 24, 2008, 10:56 AM
I'm a paper towel guy myself and it works just fine...