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Cleaning patch dimensions?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by redneck, Aug 11, 2003.

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  1. redneck

    redneck Member

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    Need to know the dimensions of a cleaning patch for .54.
    I tried to find some at a local shop the other day and he was going to sell me shotgun patches.
    I'm probably taking my rifle up to the log cabin shop next week to finally shoot it, and get everything. I'd like to clean the bore really well and have it all ready to go when I get there.

    Anyone cut their own patches? I was just thinking that for cleaning, a cut up T shirt or something would work. I plan on getting pre-lubed patches for shooting.
     
  2. Rafter-S

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    I used military surplus cleaning patches for years. Still have a bucket full of them. They are about 1-1/2" square--I think they were for a 50 caliber machinegun.

    If you decide to make your own, I would suggest cotten flanel material rather than a t-shirt. And use a jag a little smaller than your bore (like about 1/2" diameter) with them.

    Rafter-S
     
  3. JPM63US

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    Make them!

    Go to a fabric store and find where they keep the upholstry fabric. Buy some blue and white striped ticking material for shooting patches. It must be 100% cotton - if not, you will have a huge mess!

    Then find the plain white cotton flannel and buy some for cleaning patches.
    I have also found linen material to work well for cleaning.

    About 1 1/2" inches for cleaning and 1" square for shooting.

    Shooting patches can be pre-lubed by you with an off the shelf lube from the log cabin (bore butter or similar) or use a mix of murphy oil soap and water about 50/50. Works great for shooting from a bench!

    Most important is your cleaning jag. often they are too big and push the crud down you barrel instead of pulling it out with the patch bunched-up behind it. Try chucking a jag in your drill and touch it with a file to remove a few thousands of brass.

    Cut the patches while sitting around watching TV. ML shooting is more than just shooting, making your stuff is half the fun!

    JPM
     
  4. redneck

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    Thanks guys :)
     
  5. Poodleshooter

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    Walmart-white "diaper flannel". Cut squares of 3" for patches.
    I get my pillow ticking there,too. Be sure to wash it before using it to remove starches or other weird chemicals.
    I take a miniature spray bottle of soapy water to the range. Two squirts and I have a wet patch to run down the barrel.
     
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