Cleaning patches???

earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 2,806 Senior Member
Any worries using cotton???

Been using old shirts for years. Yesterday I cut up a red one. Lint shows up clear in the bore when its red. If I run a patch through it to memove it, the red patch will deposit more lint. Very small amounts. I use a flashlight and magnifying glass to inspect.

I'm assuming it won't hurt a darn thing, even after years of storage, but heck I've been wrong before. Don't hurt to ask????
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,690 Senior Member
    Should work.
    I use white flannel; you can get a yard or so at wally world and cut to size needed.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 18,465 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #3
    Pro tip: Use a rotary cutter to cut your patches. Much faster and more accurate.


    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 2,806 Senior Member
    Looks like a pizza cutter.
    That would cut down on the lint.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,690 Senior Member
    patches are not precision items-----a scissors  is just fine
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 18,465 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #6
    Scissors do work fine - but a rotary cutter and a straight edge is faster. Heck, you can even use pinking shears!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 18,465 Senior Member
    Looks like a pizza cutter.
    That would cut down on the lint.
    Watch your fingers though!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,806 Senior Member
    That is a good idy if you plan to cut a bunch.

    Another is to get a factory patch and use it as a template fer the caliber you need.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,806 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #9
    Military M-16 patches won't work in some rifles unless I snip some off one side.

    I also cut them back fer .22 LR patches. They do leave a few 'threads' in the bore you can blow out.  Or run a cleaning tip only through it............may get it.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 18,465 Senior Member
    Naw, just blast some WD-40 down the bbl if yer worried about it! >:)
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,433 Senior Member
    I just order them from Pro Shot, 500 - 1000 at a time, 1m cost .$17.00, to cheap to warrant cutting up Tee shirts.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 39,438 Senior Member
    Even my cheap ass buys patches. 
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 2,806 Senior Member
    I have store bought patches too.

    But making my own is so rewarding.🐵
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,662 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #14
    You can keep the rewarding, but I will make them sometimes when I have extra Tee Shirts and don't have any store bought patches of the correct size. Also, i have seen patches labeled for a certain bore diameter that were too tight in my bore of that diameter, and I had to trim them.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,806 Senior Member
    snake284 said:
    You can keep the rewarding, but I will make them sometimes when I have extra Tee Shirts and don't have any store bought patches of the correct size. Also, i have seen patches labeled for a certain bore diameter that were too tight in my bore of that diameter, and I had to trim them.
    And old cotton underwear works well..........wash first..cut to size. Sometimes you need large pieces for bolts, frames and cylinder faces too.


    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 18,465 Senior Member
    Big Chief said:
    ........wash first...

    Why bother? >:)
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 1,784 Senior Member
    Big Chief said:
    And old cotton underwear works well..........

    The "color" doesn't come off in the barrel?



    Sorry early, can't help you. All of my cleaning patches look like this:

    Beware of false knowledge -- it is often more dangerous than ignorance.
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 9,907 Senior Member
    I buy them.  Easier than cutting up my t-shirts, which I wear too long anyway.  They don't leave lint.  I use old t-shirts for cleaning outside the bore.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,360 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #19
    I only use patches for cleaning the outside. 

    I use VFG Felt Pellets for the bore. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 1,808 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #20
    Zee said:
    I only use patches for cleaning the outside. 

    I use VFG Felt Pellers for the bore. 
    What he said. Except mine are felt pellets. 
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,360 Senior Member
    Ha!!

    Damn smart phone auto correct. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,521 Senior Member
    Big Chief said:
    And old cotton underwear works well..........wash first..cut to size. Sometimes you need large pieces for bolts, frames and cylinder faces too.


    Tried it, got a skid mark down the barrel....
    timc - formerly known as timc on the last G&A forum and timc on the G&A forum before that and the G&A forum before that.....
    AKA: Former Founding Member
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 1,784 Senior Member
    timc said:
    Big Chief said:
    And old cotton underwear works well..........wash first..cut to size. Sometimes you need large pieces for bolts, frames and cylinder faces too.


    Tried it, got a skid mark down the barrel....
    And a odd but familiar gun powder smell.....Hmm?
    Beware of false knowledge -- it is often more dangerous than ignorance.
  • Uncle FesterUncle Fester Senior Member Posts: 1,034 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Pro tip: Use a rotary cutter to cut your patches. Much faster and more accurate.


    At first, I thought that you meant a Dremel tool.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 18,465 Senior Member
    At first, I thought that you meant a Dremel tool.
    THAT would make a glorious mess!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,662 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    I only use patches for cleaning the outside. 

    I use VFG Felt Pellets for the bore. 
    Do you clean and re-use them? Tell me more. I hate patches.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,360 Senior Member
    No. They are one time use. But, clean a lot better than patches and I use fewer of them. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,662 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Pro tip: Use a rotary cutter to cut your patches. Much faster and more accurate.


    At first, I thought that you meant a Dremel tool. Or maybe a hole saw.

    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,662 Senior Member
    Zee satid:
    No. They are one time use. But, clean a lot better than patches and I use fewer of them. 
      I don't care if they're once use, of course it would be nice to be able to re-use but I just want something besides a patch. Patches suck. But actually patches are one use too. And I bet if you add up the cost it isn't much difference, at least not enough to where they aren't worth it.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,360 Senior Member
    Look for them on Brownells. You will need a jag as well. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,662 Senior Member
    I would guess they're caliber specific?
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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