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Old April 1, 2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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Homemade cleaning patches??

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...

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Old April 1, 2008, 03:03 PM   #2
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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.
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Old April 1, 2008, 04:47 PM   #3
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I guess that's all I needed to know Thanks!
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Old April 1, 2008, 05:18 PM   #4
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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......
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Old April 1, 2008, 05:28 PM   #5
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i just recently bought a pack of gun patches made from cut up cloth.

so im am sure cutting up old cloth is fine
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Old April 1, 2008, 05:31 PM   #6
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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.
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Old April 1, 2008, 06:41 PM   #7
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For my rifles I buy Butch's patches.
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Old April 2, 2008, 05:23 AM   #8
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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.

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Old April 2, 2008, 09:13 AM   #9
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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.
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Old April 2, 2008, 09:20 AM   #10
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Great ideas everybody. Thanks for the input.
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Old April 2, 2008, 05:45 PM   #11
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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.
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Old April 3, 2008, 04:04 PM   #12
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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...
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Old April 3, 2008, 09:18 PM   #13
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Glad you asked this question.

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.
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Old April 15, 2008, 09:12 PM   #14
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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.
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Old April 17, 2008, 09:52 AM   #15
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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.
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Old April 21, 2008, 10:44 AM   #16
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I ran out one evening so I snatched a roll of my wife's leg waxing material.

I'm not sure what it costs though so it might not be an economical solution. I usually use old bed sheets.
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Old April 21, 2008, 10:58 AM   #17
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I usually use old bed sheets.
Same here, along with recycled t-shirts. My wife finds me sheets for $.50 at the Goodwill.
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Old April 21, 2008, 11:50 AM   #18
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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.
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Old April 21, 2008, 06:00 PM   #19
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Paper Towels

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.
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Old April 21, 2008, 06:23 PM   #20
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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.
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Old April 22, 2008, 10:25 PM   #21
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The trick is to get your neighbors tshirt off the clothes line... Much cheaper! Crap.. I hope he isn't a member....
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Old April 22, 2008, 11:22 PM   #22
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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?







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Old April 23, 2008, 03:15 AM   #23
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I use pure cotton wool-just wrap it around the cleaning rod
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Old April 23, 2008, 05:48 AM   #24
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Any type of cloth that will fit down the bore will work fine......even paper towels in a pinch with shotguns.
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Old April 23, 2008, 11:03 PM   #25
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50 cal? Thats right.... Tampax baby! They need longer strings on them thangs
Dang! I knew I'd get busted swiping laundry
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