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Location: Orange County, California
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gun cleaning question

hello everybody! I was wondering what material would be best to make my own patches for cleaning my gun out. I was thinking something like a thick cotton white cloth, but was wondering it the edges frey, will the little strings in the barrel pose any hazard? I would obviously look down the bore after cleaning to make sure I couldn't see any, but just like to be on the safe side. I dont really like the stuff I get from the stores, it seems to be too loose in the barrel and takes about 20 patches through my .223 before its sufficiantly clean. I would like to be able to add or take away material to make a snugger fit in the barrel and clean better.

Thanks for any input.

-Brian Barney

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gun cleaning question

I would suggest buying one of those "ropes". They probably have another proper name but basically are usually a 3' length of braided samson-braid cord the diameter of your calibre (.22cal in your case). You pull the whole thing through your barrel. The only drawback is you have to thoroughly clean the cord after use. (I use gasoline, but there's probably something better maybe rubbing alcohol). It does a lovely job though - I use patches for the really nasty crud, and the finish with the rope. One or 2 pulls and you're done.

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I think Saskie is talking about the "bore snakes". They do work well and are very snug especially in a new barrel.

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gun cleaning question

I cut up old cotten t- shirts ,any color .It works good and free

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My father used to use a piece of t shirt on a string with a small lead fishing weight to get the string through the barrel. After I got older and got caught up in the advertising, I offered to clean Dad's barrel the "right" way. This gun saw 25 years of shooting and cleaned only with the above but be damned if I couldn't find a drop of dirt or copper in that barrel so the old ways just might work as well as the new. Wink

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Good cleaning kits

Lots of companys have very good gun cleaning kits just gotta find the right one and they are not all the same tell them the cal and ask if they have a specific one for that rifle.

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winchester , remington they both make awesome cleaning kits

Big smile if i do say myself but thats just my preference.

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go with the Bore Snake - super freaking easy. I've purchased them for all of my calibre's (paid about $12 each)

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yep those work nice too and cheap

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jojnch wrote:
I cut up old cotten t- shirts ,any color .It works good and free

Same here.

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There are several ways you can adjust the fit of a patch to your bore. Making your own patches is not worth the time and effort. In fact, after you figure out the correct size for the patch you have to ensure the material you use is always the same thickness. There is enough variety in most material that it would drive you nuts.

Go to Brownells (http://www.brownells.com) and you can find a variety of patch sizes. Make sure you are using a proper sized jag. If you are using a slotted tip get rid of it. Jags come in different diameters depending on manufacturer. They are all within a few thousands of each other for the same caliber, but the differences are enough to affect patch choice. Sinclair International’s handbook on reloading has a size chart. Brownells can tell you the sizes via email. I may be able to dig up my copy and post it here, but I think a “friend” has permanently borrowed it. By adjusting the jag size and the patch size you can get a proper fit in your bore.

You can fine-tune the fit by piercing the patch off center. This will make a tight patch looser. You have a lot of latitude here if you have proper sized patches and jags.

I would never use a bore snake more than one pass without cleaning the snake. While fast and convenient, they pull the crud back through your barrel after that first pass.

Hope this helps.

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