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#6542952 - 11/14/16 10:50 AM Gun cleaning question for serious shooters
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Do over-the-counter cleaning patches offer anything that makes them perform better than those you can make yourself from old cut up T-shirts?

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#6543035 - 11/14/16 11:29 AM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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They're supposed to be lint free.
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#6543060 - 11/14/16 11:42 AM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Originally Posted By: Texan Til I Die
They're supposed to be lint free.


I can buy lint-free wipes for my eyeglasses. Still, plain old cotton seems to work just as well.
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#6543075 - 11/14/16 11:53 AM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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Cut up a white t-shirt and cut patches to fit your bore. Dont worry with all of that over the counter stuff their just trying to make money.
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#6543307 - 11/14/16 02:24 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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oh crap guys buy the patches, if you got time to cut little circles and squares from an old t-shirt. you need to get out more.


I guess it could be good therapy confused2
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#6543368 - 11/14/16 03:04 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Buzzsaw]
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
oh crap guys buy the patches, if you got time to cut little circles and squares from an old t-shirt. you need to get out more.


I guess it could be good therapy confused2


This.

They're so cheap, I buy a bag every two years from Academy. I've got plenty of other work to do beside cut bore patches.
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#6543390 - 11/14/16 03:14 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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Typically use the patches you can buy. Old t-shirt will work fine. I like using the old t-shirt patches for cleaning my muzzle loader better.
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#6543481 - 11/14/16 04:09 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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Not all over-the-counter cleaning patches are the same. While some are true, cotton patches, others seem more like soft, thin paper. And even the cloth patches are usually cut to "fit" a range of calibers. When you cut your own, you get something that works better for a single caliber.

Granted, the topic is somewhat light. Still, I'm interested to know if the more serious shooters are very particular about what they push down their barrels to clean them.
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#6543508 - 11/14/16 04:21 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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I've got a set of brass jags that are caliber specific, apply one patch, with the spike centered in the patch. I'd rather the jags were plastic, but they are not. I've broken many plastic ones anyway. Anyway, the patch completely covers the jag, so I'm not reap worked about damaging the barrel. I'm going to shoot it out before I damage it by cleaning.

Which reminds me, the 6.5 Creedmoor now has 250 rounds down it. It should have sped up by now, and I think I'll clean it, just to see what I see. That barrel was installed last month.
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#6543530 - 11/14/16 04:32 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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I pretty much stick to Pro Shot, used Sinclair too but I think they are Brownells now. buy 1000 a wack,
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#6543580 - 11/14/16 05:09 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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I use the "Bag of Rags" sometimes seen in the paint department in hardware stores. What you get is a plastic bag full of clean white T-shirt material rags. - This is very inexpensive compared to buying patches or cutting up T-shirts.

I use a office-style paper cutter, the kind with the curved blade with a handle to cut the rags into 1" or 2" strips.

Then I cut the strips with scissors while cleaning. Different lengths folded for different thicknesses, as required.

Cut a 2" piece off of a 2" strip, then quarter that and you have four .22 patches, etc. etc.

Inexpensive, versatile, easy to use.

I would feel silly now, paying what they charge for pre-cut patches.

Un-cut, the "Bag of Rags" rags are very good for stock finishing projects, wiping a gun with oil, etc.. I always keep a couple of bags of them around the shop.


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#6543594 - 11/14/16 05:16 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: charlesb]
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Originally Posted By: charlesb
I use the "Bag of Rags" sometimes seen in the paint department in hardware stores. What you get is a plastic bag full of clean white T-shirt material rags. - This is very inexpensive compared to buying patches or cutting up T-shirts.

I use a office-style paper cutter, the kind with the curved blade with a handle to cut the rages into 1" or 2" strips.

Then I cut to strips with scissors while cleaning. Different lengths folded for different thicknesses, as required.

Cut a 2" off of a 2" strip, then quarter that and you have four .22 patches, etc. etc.

Inexpensive, versatile, easy to use.

I would feel silly now, paying what they charge for pre-cut patches.

Un-cut, the "Bag of Rags" rags are very good for stock finishing projects, wiping a gun with oil, etc.. I always keep a couple of bags of them around the shop.


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#6543642 - 11/14/16 05:50 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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I use tactical patches on a high speed short throw carbon fiber cleaning rod with titanium jags. Only way to go.

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#6543687 - 11/14/16 06:23 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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Is that the rod with the Timkin thrust bearings that are teflon-coated and packed with whale oil?
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#6543759 - 11/14/16 07:08 PM Re: Gun cleaning question for serious shooters [Re: Texas Dan]
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Try a bore snake and forget about patches..

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