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Do you make your own gun cleaning patches? What do you use?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by johnstein11, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. johnstein11

    johnstein11

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    I've just been using bulk patches from walmart and academy. However, I was wondering if it might be more economical to use old tshirts, socks, rags that are clean.

    Anyone else do this and are some materials better than others?
     
  2. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

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    I just use old t-shirts. I have a box I put them in just for cleaning use.
     


  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

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    Scraps and rags are free but vary in absorbency and thickness which makes wrapping a jag aggravating.
    A friend does fancy quilting. A yard of cotton flannel and a few minutes on her cutting board let her present me and her husband with a big supply at low cost.
     
  4. 4 glocks

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    I just use bulk packages. But when cleaning a shot gun I use paper towels with a patch in the front. Patches are cheap for the price of 1 gal. of gas I can clean a gun 20-30 times.
     
  5. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    I have purchased material from stores to use. Cut to size for different calibers. Cheap way to get patches. :supergrin:
     
  6. Green Dragoon

    Green Dragoon

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    for my Brown Bess musket, (yes I shoot one), I make my own.

    For all my modern firearms, I buy them.
     
  7. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

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    I only cut patches if I run out. Then it's 100 percent cotton. Quality patches are pretty inexpensive from Brownell's. Patches for the rough stuff, cotton t-shirts or other rags for wipe downs.
     
  8. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

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    Old bed sheets, T shirts, socks and old shirts. Pretty much any old cotton cloth.
     
  9. Butcher

    Butcher NRA Life Member

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    Buy microfiber towels at Walmart. They're washable/reusable. Use them for wipe down. Q-tips for tight spaces, and patches for the bore.


    Posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
     
  10. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    For my AR15 I use store bought .22 patches as it can be tough to get cut up pieces of tshirt to fit the jag and barrel just right.

    For shotguns I use old tshirts and socks cut up.
     
  11. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

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    I don't use cotton rags because much of the material is, 'polished' and varies in absorbency and thickness. I buy the largest packages of bulk cleaning patches that I can find - and in the largest size patches - and then I cut them to fit for each caliber. (Wal-Mart is NOT the best place to buy bulk patches. Suggest you try Amazon or elsewhere on line.) ;)
     
  12. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I like the GI patches but old T-shirts work in a pinch.
     
  13. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    store bought for me......
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2013
  14. ctfireman

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    For $3 the bulk Walmart ones are fine. Cut to size & that's it.