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Old 01-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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I have a hard time buying these even though they are a cheaper accessory mainly because i have so many old t-shirts and white clothing products I think could be cut up to serve the same purpose.

growing up with delegated chores like dusting, i dont recall ever using store bought dust rags, just old tshirts or something similar.

do any of you use a household substitute for cleaning patches or do you buy the ones specifically sold for cleaning purposes? i'd rather spend my money on ammo

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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I have a hard time buying these even though they are a cheaper accessory mainly because i have so many old t-shirts and white clothing products I think could be cut up to serve the same purpose.

growing up with delegated chores like dusting, i dont recall ever using store bought dust rags, just old tshirts or something similar.

do any of you use a household substitute for cleaning patches or do you buy the ones specifically sold for cleaning purposes? i'd rather spend my money on ammo
I really don't see why you couldn't use an old t -shirt, isn't that what the cleaning squares are anyways?
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yeah, that is what I would think, as long as you didn't use any pieces with dye or printing on them.

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I have been buying the rag bags from Walmart and other LGS. I usually have a small netted zippered laundry bag, where I place the dirty rags to wash.

Another thing is using the old worn out white underwear, t-shirts, I cut them up into required size based on caliber.

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I am not satisfied with small cut-out wads of material for cleaning. Been thinking of cutting up my cotton socks, t-shirts, and shorts. Maybe a towel or two.

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Before some one got the idea of prepackaging patches thats how guns were cleaned. Cut up old clothing or scrap material and use that. It was also common to use a piece of string with a bit of cloth tied to the end drop the other end down the barrel and pull. The bore snake isnt a new idea its how guns were cleaned before cleaning rods were common.

It was common to also use a chain to clean a gun. You had a metal chain smaller than the diameter wrap a cloth on one end drop the chain down the bore and pull. This was common turn of the century and the germans and some american units were issued cleaning chains

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I use rags for all my preliminary pulls, then finish up with patches. I have a one year old, so rags from stained onesies and bibs are plentiful.

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been quite awhile since I bought any cleaning patches. Just use old tee shirts or come home from some store that sells cloth/fabric by the yard with a piece of appropriate remanent cloth that cost me very little that I can make patches out of.

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The best "home made" cleaning patches are cut from old flannel bed sheets. Get a Fiscars wheel cutter and mat and make them any size you choose. A set of old sheets will make thousands of patches. They are better than cotton clothing since they do not ravel.

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At wal-mart in the paint area they have bags of white t shirt material for around $3, you can cut it to whatever size you need,there is a lot in one of those bags, last a long time.

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