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Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by StationOps, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. StationOps

    StationOps Member

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    I have this Cabela's gun cleaning kit. I ran out of cotton patches and am looking to get more. Amazon will sell me many different kinds of cotton patches, but every brand seems to have a few reviews saying 'No, don't buy it! Lint everywhere!' From the Gun Cleaning kit thread (below), I learned about Ramrodz and the stiff cotton applicators. Would those be all I need to clean my 9 mm pistols (HK VP9 and Sig P226)? Are old t-shirts really OK for cleaning guns.

    Currently I have bore snakes that I use on the barrel, and would clean the HK with the patches, the mop and some q-tips. (Just got the Sig today, some white stuff on it the gunshop guy said to clean off before firing.)

    Is there anything salvageable from the Cabela's kit?
     

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  2. John Joseph

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    The best patches I've found were "surplus" GI cotton flannels---I think Brownell's still carries them---the fabric has just the right mount of "tooth" for cleaning,
    Much better IMHO than knit patches or synthetics.
    Running a Boresnake down the spout at the range, while the barrel is still warm, will decrease your patch consumption.
     
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  3. ColtPythonElite

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    Just cut them out of an old t shirt, bed sheet, ect. I have saved enough old flannel sheets to have cotton patches for the rest of my life....As infrequently as I clean a gun, I have enough material for a army.
     
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  4. Gridley

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    I recently started using Ramrodz and they work well for my various 9mm/.38spcl/.357mag handguns. Haven't tried them in any other size yet. Recommend you continue using the boresnake for the first pass or three.

    I've used Hoppe's patches in various calibers (.22 through 12ga) for years with no problems (and they're still my primary for everything else). I've used other brands too but I can't recall which.
     
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    flannel bed sheet-- you'll only need one for an unlimited supply!
     
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    Yes. Old bed sheets work well too. I go to Salvation Army and buy old sheets specifically for that purpose. You can get a whole lot of cleaning patches out of a king size sheet.
     
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    Old plain white t-shirts are mostly what I used. Custom cut to size :)

    -jeff
     
  9. StationOps

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    Thanks for all the info! Guess I'll go with T-shirts for a while.
     
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    T-Shirts work well but I buy most of my cleaning supplies from Sinclair. I've never cared most gun cleaning kits, mostly because of the jointed cleaning rods. They are nice to have for emergency use in the field.
     
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    I use the Ramrodz on occasion. I keep some of the 9mm and 22 in my range bag and pistol cases. Useful on the 22s for keeping the chamber clean if they start to get sticky.

    I have some cleaning swabs, similar to q-tips, but more tightly wound and in different shapes. They will not shed lint or fibers into your action. http://www.bearmetalclean.com/ they come in various sizes and shapes. Very good for tight spaces.
     
  13. Drail

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    The solution to lint is an air compressor. You need one. With a compressor you will never need to buy aerosol gun cleaners again. FWIW I have never bought patches. I use CLP, brushes and paper towels. Blow it dry buy leave a thin layer of CLP on the metal.
     
  14. John Joseph

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    Slotted tip, bronze brush, jag and mop. Extras are always nice. Try not to overthink this.
    I've used old Oxford cloth shirts for patch material---better than t-shirts but these certainly work(if you want to spend a lot of time cutting up old shirts/sheets)
    A plain pistol rod, patch loop,and bronze brush. Add an old tooth brush and a well laundered cotton diaper and you're golden.
    Add a Bore snake, mop and a jag and you're in the luxury seats.
    Personal thought---what I don't like about cleaning rods (Hoppes/Outers/Gun Slick) are the handles. The old Outers had a generous bulbous hollow black handles that worked like a dream.
    I look for them at gun shows/swap meets.
    Shotgun kit, but same handle--- ?u=https%3A%2F%2Fgiga.joesalter.com%2F21718%2F21718-02.jpg
     
  15. edwardware

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    I use a lot of patches especially .224 bore. I tend to by one caliber size larger, on Amazon, in bulk, and figure to fit a spear jag to that brand for a very snug fit. If you buy 3-5k at a time, you'll wear the jag out about the time you run out.

    One caution; the cheapest cotton jags on Amazon are from textile recyclers, and you can get mixed thicknesses. If you're running a very tight fit, this can be annoying. . .

    At the moment, I like the Birchwood Casey synthetic patches, occasionally as Add On items on Amazon.
     
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    My guns aren't finicky. They don't complain about what color shirt I use. White, black, blue, red, grey, whatever, it's all the same to them as long as the patch is cut to the right size. :D.
     
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