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 Post subject: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:16 am 
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Stumbled across this the other day, thought I'd pass this along. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdRwp2P8YAI

Now... why didn't I ever think of this. :)



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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:24 am 
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LOL... that's pretty cool. and I thought that I had a pretty good system. I paid my daughters a nickel for each patch that they would cut using my old T-shirts. :)

My daughters are now going to be out of work. :) Actually, they no longer want to be bothered with my employment plans.
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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:38 am 
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Maybe we should make this a sticky..... So simplistic it's ridiculous.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:48 am 
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I like it. If cheap paper towels end up leaving lint you could always step up to the blue shop towels on a roll, but then it would be more expensive.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:19 pm 
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waste of time, even though it is cheaper. Here ya' go. Tear a paper towel in half, then scrunch it up. Spray with your favorite cleaner, in my case WD-40. Insert it into the barrel and push it through slowly. Do the same with another paper towel in the second barrel. I use a 42", 1/2" wood dowel from Home Depot as my rod, cost me $2.50. Then finish off with some clean dry 1/2 sheets. That's it...

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:24 pm 
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Even using blue shop towel rolls you can get scott rolls 12/case for 35.00. That would make probably 10,000 or more patches. That same 35.00 will get you a bag of 500 SHOTGUN PATCHES. That Idea is so rediculously simple that it's well, rediculous, lol. Thanks for posting!


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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:17 pm 
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Go to any fabric store and go to the remnant table and find some double sided flannel, even single sided flannel works fine. Who cares if it's 'jammie print cloth. Pooh bear, Dr. Sous, airplanes, dollies, you name it it doesn't have to be white to work for cleaning patches. I use my wife's roller cutter and whip patches out in jig time and a buck and a half worth of remnant cloth makes a ton of patches. Fold it over and use a scissors works fine too. Patches do not have to be perfectly square or cut straight. If you just must have some knit T-shirt fabric, you can find that too. Heck it isn't that much money to just buy fabric of the roll instead of remnant.

I wouldn't screw with paper towels for a second. Just one more you tube video that isn't worth the bandwidth.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:39 pm 
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Old tube socks. Between my wife and I, I have several plastic grocery bags of them. They are fluffier and thicker than T-shirts. I keep a sharp pair of scissors on the bench and when I need some patches I just cut strips across the bottom section. Split them open and cut them to size. Nice clean, fluffy patches. Don't have to buy anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:47 pm 
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Or you could just get one of these and use it just short of forever! :lol:

http://www.outers-guncare.com/products/ ... tools.aspx

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:22 pm 
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Cleaning patches?

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:43 pm 
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Cool idea, but would you dare clean a $3000+ Over and under with this cheap method?

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:25 pm 
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Cool idea, but would you dare clean a $3000+ Over and under with this cheap method?


Cheap ... What does that have to do with anything. :?

If it works it works, what difference does it make what it costs.

By the way the blue shop towels would probably work better than regular paper towels. You can get those at Wally world for a whopping $2 a roll.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:30 pm 
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Having used paper towels for a long time. Almost like Slugo.

I tear a sheet into 4ths, fold over twice and stuff it into the barrel. I got a blunt jag many years ago. The 1/2"wooden dowel would work.

I spray the chamber and forcing cones with WD-40 twist a chamber brush in and out. Push a wad of paper towel through.

Spray more WD in the barrel, run a bronze brush through and back about 10 times. Push another wad of paper towel through.

Remove choke tube clean threads choke and barrel where the choke sits, replace choke tubes, another wad of paper towel through the bore.

If gun is not to be used for awhile, a woolly mop with oil is used to coat the bore before it goes in the safe.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:24 am 
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I don't know about you guys but I seem to have a steady stream of worn tee shirts and skivvies that fit the bill just right. So much so that I cut a square for solvent and another with oil and after I use them, off to the trash.


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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:28 am 
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I still finish up with a cotton flannel patch. I"m anal.
But re rags in general, Seamus turned me on to Rags-in-a-Box. They're awesome. Better than the blue ones, even, although I have both kinds around the place.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:03 am 
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I've also used quality paper towels for years. I never thought about making one of those cool dispensers though!

I also use patches made from rags from old tee-shirts, etc. I don't like buying patches, because they are too small, expensive, and not particularly effective.

The better paper towels from Bounty, etc. work just about as well as cotton. Sometimes I start off with paper towel patches and end up with tee shirt patches.

I also like to wrap the front end of a bore snake with a paper towel or tee shirt patch with CLP on it. This gets a out 98% of the crud off and helps the bore snake last a lot longer between cleanings.


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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:47 am 
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Go to surplus stores and get 2 by2 gause squares fo 2 dollars. 200 in a pack.Open them up and they are 4 by 4.With a plastic jage it gives you 4 patches useing the corners.The holes in them catch plastic and powder real well.The next patch you use folded to 2 by 4.Use the top half then put a little oil on the bottom half and finish with that.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:59 am 
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First thing I thought of seeing the video, is I'd never cut a roll of paper anything with a good kitchen knife! It was almost as bad as fingernails on a chalkboard!!!

I found for the 10, 12 and 16, an old tube sock, over a cleaning rod, with WD40 sprayed on it, works just like a tico rod.

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:02 am 
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But ... wasn't that dude's shotgun clean :wink:

I use a bore snake myself. Flame away 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Make-it-yourself gun cleaning patches.
PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:58 am 
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If you can't figure out how to make your own cleaning patches, then who cuts your meat for you at the supper table? Same with ball patches for a muzzle loader. When I got my muzzle loader a year and a half ago I sat down one night with a t- shirt I'd outgrown and cut it into patches. Then I stacked them up in a jelly jar I got from mom, put a couple spoonfuls of lard on top the stack and put the jar in the microwave for a little while. Next I put a lid on it and put it in my black powder tackle box. Got enough patches for a long time of shooting.




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