Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kyron4, Apr 20, 2021.
Cleaning jags can be a little tricky to use because they can cause the jag to get stuck in the bore, I mean really stuck.
And then if the rod breaks or the jag breaks off it can cause a problem to remove.
There can be some trial & error involved with selecting the right patch to use with a jag.
Some folks reduce the diameter of their cleaning jag so that it's not quite as tight and won't get stuck.
But that can also lead to a patch that's too small or thin to get lost in the bore.
So make sure that you have a patch worm in case you ever lose a patch in the barrel, then you can fish it out with the patch worm.
This is a TC patch worm or patch puller.
I prefer to use an undersized .41 cleaning jag that works with many different calibers.
However, I cut home made patches from old tee shirts and learned how many times to fold them over to get the right tightness in the bore.
Sometimes they slip off and that's where the patch worm comes in handy.
Using a slotted tip is a lot easier if you have the right attachment.
I also use a plastic slotted tip that came with a BP cleaning kit, but some shotgun patch loops can be used with a ramrod if you have an adaptor.
Then you can use the square patches of your choice.
Sometimes it's tricky to get the patches into the barrel if they're too large but you can figure it out.
FWIW here's an example of a shotgun patch loop and thread adaptor combo. :
I don't know which caliber that your gun is but if the tip is too large of a diameter then maybe it can be reduced.
They also make a smaller patch loop, but if it's too small to hold large patches then they may not clean well.
Muzzle loading allows for a lot of options.
Flannel works good too.
I dont think I have ever bought a cleaning patch.
I use square on my jag all the time.
Not sure however if they come in larger calibers, these are 45’s,
largest I shoot.
Free are the best shape !!.
I saw what you did there. Still giggling.
This takes me back to the 1970's. First patch down the tube, STUCK. Using the cleaning materials that came with my then new T/C Hawken flint lock.
Best to use a brush first, then a loose fitting patch on a slotted cleaning rod.
I have done that plenty of times and as you say there is almost no chance of loosing it at all.
With regard to patches themselves, I prefer round, as they seem less likely to stick. I often find myself with no option but square, though, and they work just fine.
make a strip then cut most of the way through so that each patch is held in a strip but easily pulled off for use.
Not trying to sell anything but those foam tips work so well it’s all I’ve used for several years now. I hold the cylinder under a hand comfortable hot water tap and use the foam tip on a short pistol cleaning rod. The hydraulic action forces water under pressure thru the nipple vent hole and completely flushes the bottom of the cylinder.
One big advantage of these over a a patch on a swag tip is these stay put on the rod between cylinder bores. I use the 357 and 45 caliber tips. I use a dry clean one for applying Ballistol to the cylinder bores and barrel bore.
The Tynex plastic brushes are easier to reverse in the bore, even when wrapped with a patch.
They don't brush the bore very well by themselves though.
I use square patches, because they're usually cheaper.
Square patches are easier to make from old white plain t shirt or cotton panties and are cheaper for most users.
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