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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