Show your kit! lubed patch container ideas?


September 11, 2008, 12:39 AM
I was wondering about how people carry their patches. For my Hawken I carry lubed patches in a ziplock bag. Probably wouldn't be welcome at a rendezvous. I was thinking about a project to make a little leather pouch or box or maybe a skoal can size container to keep the lubed patches in. Any ideas? How were patches traditionally carried. Dry in a pouch and then lubed before use? In a lubed condition in a container of some sort?

How about pictures!!! Does anyone have photos of their patch container and other kit they can share? Possibles bag, knife, powderhorn, ball starter, sling, capper, fringed this or thats...



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September 11, 2008, 01:29 AM
I keep my patches in an Altoids tin. Just throw the empty tin in a fire to burn all the paint off then touch it up with a wire brush. Altoids tins come in different sizes so they can be used to carry caps, tools, or whatever in your possibles bag.

September 11, 2008, 08:11 AM
I use cap tins to carry patches and wads.

September 11, 2008, 08:52 AM
I carry my lubed patches in one of these ..the lid seals so the lube doesn`t dry out ..

September 11, 2008, 10:56 AM
You carry patches in your rifle's patchbox, of course!

Or if you stuck with some old gun that lacks state-of-the-art PatchBox(tm) technology in the buttstock, try a cap tin or a small ziplock bag ;)

September 11, 2008, 02:21 PM
Prescription pill bottles. Of which I have many, unfortunately.

September 11, 2008, 07:00 PM
I used old Alka Seltzer bottles to carry lube or lubed patches. Just the right size and they didn't look too out of place when I used them at rendezvous.
I usually found them when cleaning up old illegal dumping sites, but here's one on Ebay:

September 11, 2008, 07:55 PM
I tried sticking the pre-lubed patches in the leather possibles bag directly, but that leather dries them out like magic-- just sucks the Bore Butter right out of them. For one-handed retreval from the bag while on the walk, I resorted to a plastic bag, left open as its only purpose is to keep the patches off the leather, inside the leather bag.

The cap tin idea is a good one, but will require two hands to open the tin, while the remaining hand holds the rifle.

A patchbox on the rifle would be a good option, but I don't have such advanced technology. Hmm... I do have the ability to cut wood...

How many of you keep patches in the rifle's patchbox, and do you keep them lubed, or "drylubed", or lube each one upon loading?

September 11, 2008, 11:21 PM
If I am target shooting, I carry a roll of pillow ticking a little wider than the muzzle of the rifle. I tie a short strip of it to the shoulder strap of my shooting bag at muzzle height. Patch knife is in a small scabbard on shoulder strap too. Got a primer can full of grease. Dab a little on the end of the roll of ticking and squash it in.

Put the end of the strip on the muzzle. Start the ball to just below the muzzle,and cut the strip off flush with the muzzle, and turn loose of it.. You are guaranteed a perfect fit in the barrel that way. You wind up with a strip of ticking with a bunch of perfect circles cut out of it.

Pre-cut patches don't always stay centered when you start the ball. That doesn't contribute to accuracy worth a darn.

If I am hunting, I use pre-patched and lubed balls in a loading block. Stick it on the muzzle, smack the ball with a short starter, when you pull the short starter out of the barrel the loading block falls away and you ram the ball home with the ram rod.

September 11, 2008, 11:37 PM
I use a brass tinder container from DGW. Really holds up nicely and looks better than most of my other gear.

September 15, 2008, 01:45 AM
+1 altoids tin

also, I have a wood block with 10 .54 cal holes in it. I load my patch and ball into each hole, and push it through with my short starter at the range. the block has a lanyard and I hang it around my neck so I don't have to root in the possible bag.

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