Like most of you I'm certain, I love to shoot my guns. I enjoy shot after shot all day long at the shooting range… whether it is with one of my Shotguns, one of my rifles, or with my handgun… or when the crosshairs are on a big game animal in a safe shooting scenario. I love to shoot! What I don’t have the same excitement about is cleaning my gun afterwards.
Now this is not going to be gun cleaning 101 as every kit comes with its own set of directions and the internet also has a great deal of information. But rather I am going to provide how to make your own gun cleaning patches for far less than what you can buy at your neighborhood big box sporting goods store. And you can make them in 5 minutes or less!
I am not a perfectionist but when it comes to cleaning my guns I want my barrels to be perfectly clean. To do this I go through a lot of gun cleaning patches. I want the last one coming out of the barrel perfectly clean. Hoppes makes great gun cleaning products but I need to be cost conscious. Most gun cleaning patches are made from 100% cotton. One day while looking at one of my old t-shirts I noticed it was made of 100% cotton. You cannot donate old used t-shirts to Goodwill so here is what I do…
I start by cutting off the shoulders, the neck, and the bottom hem.
I then cut the remaining shoulder material and one side to have one open piece of material.
Now using a simple ruler I measure out 3”x3” patches for shotgun needs or 1 ½” X 1 ½” patches for rifle and handgun needs and cut them using a good pair of scissors. I can get about 75 shotgun patches out of a 44” (large) t-shirt or about 150 rifle/handgun patches out of the same. Be certain to trim any hanging threads so to not foul your barrel. Use them as you would any other patch.