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    DIY Cleaning Patches

    I know that everyone isn't as cheap as I am .... just my 50% of everyone, but I've been cutting my own cleaning patches routinely for the last 15 years or so. When I was a kid (more than 15 years age) that little piece of flannel tied to one end of a piece of old braided fishing line, a bobby pin on the other end, was the original "bore snake", poor man, bore cleaning tool. Now it's fancy cleaning rods and fancy, store bought patches. I can't remember how many times I ran out of commercial patches over the years and hand cut a few pieces of "T-shirt" material in a pinch. It finally dawned on me that I had one of them sewing/pattern cutting sheets and a roller knife in my office stuff used for cutting mapping paper to a specific size .... duh ... it was perfect for cutting old T-shirts into 2x2" squares for cleaning patches. Since then, I've cut thousands of those 2x2's and never have run out of cleaning patches. Still a half dozen old t-shirts piled up waiting for their turn. Well, today I was moving a knee-busted pair of old faded denim jeans out of the way that were waiting to become "cut-off's" and thought to try using the cut off leg material as a cleaning patch. Instead of my usual 2x2" patch, since even the old denim was thicker than t-shirt material, I tried a 1x2" patch. No doubt that denim may leave some end threads, BUT .... amazing difference in ability to remove fouling. The 1x2" patches fit the .357 barrel perfect, and just fit in the slot on my patch jag, but no doubt will be less than a perfect fin in the .44/.45 barrels. The effectiveness difference is enough to look for a bigger slotted jag.

    I'll know more after a few more different barrel cleanings, but first experience with denim patches was enough to make me considering breaking out the cutting board and roller knife.


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    My old white underwear works great for the cleaning of barrels along with twine!

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    Hey, Surveyor—
    Just used denim patches yesterday in 3 long guns. Glad you caught on!
    They do work GREAT! I follow up with a lightly oiled cotton patch and it’s good to go.
    Shiny bores trip my trigger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun56 View Post
    My old white underwear works great for the cleaning of barrels along with twine!

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    Mine are only white when they’re still brand new from the store.
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    I've been using WWII GI patches for decades...........Yeah, I had that many of them!

    When I ran out, I bought some synthetic patches at a gun show.....I didn't know they were "plastic" at the time!........they MELTED when Hoppe's #9 was applied to them !.........

    That was was 20+ years ago, and now I use my late wife's pinking shears to make "Bore Specific"patches out of old T-shirts............In COLORS, too!

    Mr. Surveyor, when it comes to gun cleaning, I'm probably Cheaper than you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomray View Post
    Mr. Surveyor, when it comes to gun cleaning, I'm probably Cheaper than you!
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    I've got a giant tub of damaged cotton pieces from my wife's work (they were going to throw them out). I cut them to fit whatever I am cleaning, and there is still a huge amount left. I may never use them all.

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    Thanks for all of the good posts about "economical" cleaning patches. And here I thought that I was the only one. Also the same thinking is used for muzzle loader patches.

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    I can't remember ever buying a cleaning patch or a patch for a round ball. There is a patch knife for cutting and trimming in the necessary bag.
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    Yeah, it seems that most of us have used old t-shirts, "tiny whities" and flannel shirts for lots of years .... if given enough time to sit and cut patches. But, the big surprise to me was the huge difference in cleaning abilities of denim material for bore patches. Who'd a thunk it ...

    From my first/only use, plain old denim seems to be about at effective as the high dollar, commercial, birchwood casey "cleaning cloth". Now I have to see if it will rub the "coon eyes" off my wheel gun cylinders


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