Patch cutting sizes?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by NY Yankee, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. NY Yankee

    NY Yankee Member

    Apr 30, 2014
    With all the information on the web now, I thought there might be a chart listing the optimal cloth patch sizes for different calibers and gauges. I like to sit and cut my own as I have a plethora of linen, flannel and T-shirt material on hand. I'll never have to buy patches again. Do you prefer squares or rectangular strips?
  2. Bwana John

    Bwana John Member

    Sep 10, 2004
    Depends on the thickness of the cloth.

    I usually try a few experimental patches to dial in the size needed, then cut just enough to get the present job done.

    Too much variants in thickness to have a set, precut size.
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  3. Hondo 60
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    Hondo 60 Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Freeport, IL
    The cotton patches I use are 3" sq.
    32 cal uses 1 patch but it's REALLY tight
    .380 - 41 mag I use 1 patch
    44-45 I use 2 patches at the same time.

    .22 uses 1 patch cut into 4 equal pieces
  4. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

    Mar 21, 2018
    Up State New York
    You can taken a large peace of patch, say 5x5 inches. put on the jag, then push it in the muzzle until it starts to get hard. Then just mark with a pen, pull it out and you can see how big to cut it. If in does not get very hard to push in double up the patch.
  5. edwardware

    edwardware Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    Depends on at least:
    1) Thickness of the cloth
    2) Stiffness of the cloth
    3) Jag to bore clearance
    4) Purpose

    I've bought commercial patches of recycled cotton, and a nearly imperceptible change in thickness is the difference between nice and tight and get-the-slidehammer stuck.
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  6. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    Same. Since the weight of cloth varies, every patch is cut slightly different when you're not buying a bulk bag of the same ones. I used to cut up old t-shirts etc. for patches, then I wearied of fiddling around with them and found a great deal on a huge bag of pre-cut ones. Now I'm set for quite some time, and I use the old socks and T-shirts as oil rags when I change the oil in the vehicles.

    Stay safe.
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  7. fguffey

    fguffey Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    I do not use square, round or triangle; that does not mean I do not make my own, no one would recognize my patches as patches. I started using the wife's pattern/cutting board and her cutting wheel. Little did I know the cutting wheel would cut the pattern board, anyhow she got involved.

    It was about the time cheap labor came available overseas, a company that designed and made uniforms for major contracts decided they could save money and compete so they closed with a warehouse full of material; It would seem there was no use for left over material so they duped the material in dumpsters. With all of this new found material I changed my method/technique for cleaning barrels, my wife was happy because I did not need her green pattern board. I did as her what is going to happen when I run out of new found material; she suggested I wash the new found material or learn to sew.

    F. Guffey
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2019
  8. George P

    George P Member

    Jan 10, 2018
    I prefer cotton flannel material. I also prefer the ones from ProShot as their quality is consistent. I use 3" square for 12 and 20 with a brass jag - really gets the bore clean after spraying with a solvent. 3/4" for .22 and 2-1/4" for 38/9mm
  9. Fyrstyk

    Fyrstyk Member

    May 31, 2019
    Central CT
    I use old hole saws that I grind the teeth off of, then sharpen the edge with a stone. I have a set that includes 3/4", 1", 1.25", 1.5", 1.3/4", 2", 21/8" 2.25" 2.50" 2.75" and 3". I put several layers (up to six layers) of my patch material on a scrap board, chuck the hole saw in the drill press on slow, and cut patches 4-6 at a time. Takes no time at all to fill a zip lock 1 quart bag filled with patches.
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  10. film495

    film495 Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    I mostly use 1 and 2 inch squares. For smaller bores, I just cut the 1" patches to size as needed, but it depends if using the push through jab, or the little thing with the loop to pull the patch through. sometimes a patch can get pushed through on top of the cleaning brush, just to do it quicker - if I don't want to swap the tool on the end of the cleaning rod or get another rod out.
  11. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Member

    Jul 9, 2012
    SC (Home), VA (Work)
    As others have alluded to, there is no set patch size. What you need to do is cut a few sizes of the particular material you want to use and see what works best for the gun you're cleaning/oiling and the cleaning rod equipment you're using.
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  12. whughett

    whughett Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Rhode Island/Florida
    I use old cotton t shirts cut twice caliber width 10 to 12 inches long. Patch is cut at the muzzle after setting the ball. Whoops wait a minute, you guys are talking “cleaning patches”. Same source old t shirts but mostly cut into cleaning rag size. 10x10. Bore cleaning is now mostly done by those nifty form bore swabs that screw onto the cleaning rod, sold on Amazon. Last forever washable with a little Dawn.
    Cleaning and bore oiling.
  13. Thibaut

    Thibaut Member

    Sep 24, 2019
    I buy pre cut, various sizes. I've use fabrics of various kinds but the pre cuts are cheap, easy to find in their package, they work and I am lazy.
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  14. Bugster

    Bugster Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    Quincy, IL
    I cut my own too and I have figured out the size I need for each caliber and I cut them to fit.
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