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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.
     
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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.
     
  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.
     
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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.
     
  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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