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Too thick Hoppe .22 caliber cleaning patches.

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by rpenmanparker, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. rpenmanparker

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    I have bag of Hoppe brand square cotton cleaning patches sized for .22-.270 calibers. After using them successfully for a while I am now finding that they don’t fit in my .22LR pistols. Upon inspecting the remaining patches I find two different kinds in the bag. Some are thinner and some thicker. Obviously it is the thicker ones which jam in the barrels. Same jag as I always use. So I ordered another bag of them, and sure enough I got all thick ones. I’m betting the thicker ones work fine with a slotted type jag or whatever you call it. I use the pointed kind.

    All I’m wondering is whether anyone can recommend a thinner or smaller brand of patches that still work with .22 caliber pointed jags. I can get KleenBore from Amazon. Should I? I could trim a little material off the patches I have with a scissors, but is it worth the trouble.
     
  2. troy fairweather

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    Some sand paper or a file will size your jag to fit the thicker patches.
     
  3. Obturation
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    I cut mine from old tee shirts, so cutting a bit off isn't a terrible amount of work to me. You could just take the jag off and push it through with just the rod.
     
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  4. rpenmanparker

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    That’s a good idea. I can put it in my drill chuck and spin it on some sand paper. Thanks.
     
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  5. rpenmanparker

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    Another good suggestion. I would probably just switch to a slotted jag, but I really don’t like them much.
     
  6. troy fairweather

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    Yup that will work.
     
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    When i was a kid i would clean a 22 with a knot in a shoelace. Worked, was all i had.
     
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    Wait you cleaned your 22 lol.
     
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  9. rpenmanparker

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    Was it snowing?
     
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    At times. I only got to shoot a couple times a year back then- when i would go camping or visiting my cousins on the farm, always cleaned my dads rifle after i used it, well as good as i could at 10 years old.
     
  11. Bugster

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    I too cut my patches from old tee shirts, and I have worked out the perfect size for each of my calibers. So I cut them to caliber and store them in marked gallon zip lock bags. When patches for a caliber get low I just cut some more. I can get used tee's at the local Salvation Army store.
     
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  12. rpenmanparker

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    I was at an Academy today and found a small (60 count) pack of SYNTHETIC Hoppe patches sized for .22-.27. They are the thin ones I had been previously using. I can’t find them in bulk anywhere . The cost for the small packs is a lot more on a unit patch basis than the thicker cotton ones. Oh, well!
     
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    Buy some of the blue "shop towel" paper towels and cut your own patches.
     
  15. sparkyv

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    Trim the patches, and Bob's your uncle.
     
  16. thedean27

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    Side spike the patch.
     
  17. skeeterfogger

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    I stopped buying patches and now buy fabric remnants and cut them myself. It's way cheaper and getting the thicknesses you want easier.
     
  18. Horsemany

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    A lot of people don’t know you can adjust how tight the patch is by stabbing the jag tip in off center of the patch. Centered will be tightest. If that’s too tight stab off center and patch will be looser in the bore. Just make sure there’s enough patch to cover jag body all around so the jag doesn’t actually touch the bore.
     
  19. Ifishsum

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    Just poke the jag closer to a corner rather than the middle.
     
  20. rkittine

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    .22 LR is .222 while centerfire .22s and .22 WMR are .224. I use Cleaning Rods and Patches for .20 caliber for my ,22 LR Rimfire guns.
     
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