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Decommissioned Cotton Clothing as Gun Cleaning patches?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by BerettaNut92, Jun 25, 2003.

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  1. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Member

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    I got a pair of pants that is developing holes and it looks like they're going way of the bye-bye. Would it be safe to cut it up into squares and use them as gun cleaning patches, or are the 100% cotton patches that are sold at gun stores somehow different?
     
  2. Sisco

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    Don't know about pants but T-shirts work. Local gunshop was taking donated garmets, cutting them up and selling them with proceeds going towards youth hunter safety classes. They seemd to go over well.
     
  3. HankL

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    Skunk, If the material in your old pants is mostly cotton it will hold enough cleaning solvent to do the job. If the material is too thick it will be problematic especially in the smaller bore diameters.
    Old khakis most likley would be great old jeans most likely would not.

    The only thing I use for cleaning patches are scraps of cotton flannel that are waste produced at my work.
     
  4. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I cut up old cotton garments for gun cleaning rags and patches when I run out of store-bought patches. I'd use them for patches more frequently, but can never be sure what size to make them, since thicknesses vary widely.

    If it's not 100% cotton or linen, I don't use it on guns.
     
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    I have some t-shirts that should have been turned into cotton patches a long time ago. But they are so well-ventilated that its comfortable to wear. :p

    For pants though, I know for a fact that Levis denim are terrible for cleaning guns.
     
  6. Mike Irwin

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    Old underwear and T-shirts are perfect for gun cleaning.
     
  7. Rottweiler

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    an old bedsheet will make almost a years worth of patches. Just gotta check the material, again all cotton or nothing
     
  8. BigG

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    Remember to cut the buttons and zippers off before you try to pull the pants thru the bbl. :uhoh:
     
  9. harrydog

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    I use old t-shirts and other similar cotton material for general gun cleaning, but for the bore I use MPro-7 patches. They're expensive but a package lasts me 2 - 3 years.
    They're really do clean better than anything else I've ever used. Worth it to me.
    But then again, I'm anal and always try to use the best possible cleaners, lubes, etc. for my weapons.
    http://www.mp7.com/NCpatches.htm
     
  10. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Call me cheap but I use to use old clothes. Modernly I donate my old clothes & buy patches now.
     
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