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I love to shoot my guns. I enjoy shot after shot all day long at the shooting range, out in the desert, or out on the hunt whether it is with one of my Shotguns, one of my rifles, or with my handgun and at the end of the day; I even relax by cleaning my firearms. Having good cleaning equipment, chemicals, oils and cleaning patches are critical and expensive. Most gun cleaning patches are made from 100% cotton, So the other day I was cleaning out my closet and I was going to toss some dingy 100% cotton t-shirts. I just got finished rereading “Patriots” and I was thinking, they had to reuse and recycle everything. So as a good prepper and being frugal, I decided to cut my old t-shirts into gun cleaning patches.
So here is a how to make your own gun cleaning patches for far less than what you can buy at a sporting goods store. And you can make them in 5 minutes or less!
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.