HELP! I NEED PATCHING!

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  1. polishshooter

    polishshooter Active Member

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    I went through my "Possibles" bag to check if I have decent spare FLINTS in case I go out with the Flintlock this weekend, and no problem, I remember I bought a dozen good ones this fall at Friendship...

    But I ALSO discovered I forgot to buy PATCH material!!!:eek: :mad: :mad:

    I'm down to just enough for maybe 3 shots with the .010 I need for my tight .440 balls if I'm REALLY careful with the patch knife!!


    I hit a couple of gun shops today and all they have are .015 or larger....I can USE that with some .435 balls I have, and is what I use to PRACTICE after a few shots foul the barrel a little and I can't get the .440s down it easily, BUT my rifle is more accurate with the .440s with a clean bore, so that's what I hunt with!


    SOoooo....what can I use to MAKE the THIN patching, and how in the heck do I go about MEASURING the thickness....I can't exactly use my CALIPERS to measure CLOTH can I?????


    Heck, if I knew that last week, I wouldn't have shot last years speedloaders for a little practice!:cool:
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    polishshooter Active Member

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    Well, actually my crisis isn't as bad as i thought....I forgot about the patchbox in the side of the stock, I don't think I've been in there for 5 years!

    There were two spare flints, a small screwdriver I forgot I had, my son's nipple pick that I SWORE I didn't have (I remember now, about ten years ago I lost a vent pick and borrowed it from him, ooops!:cool: ) and 5 pre-cut patches....

    I also found a rusty old cap box at the bottom of the bag, and in it were three .440 balls and three pre-lubed patches...from the days when I didn't use the speedloaders for reloads....

    So I guess I have enough now even for a few practice shots before Saturday....

    But just in case, how DO you make patches?
  3. southernshooter

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    You need a gun cotton recipe? :D
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    No, I have enough of that for the turretted 16 inchers in my backyard, I don't shoot them very much any more though, too many houses and highways between me and the impact area 20 miles down range now...:p
  5. Polish, have you considered using silk? It's relatively expensive, but works well, or so I am told.
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    No I haven't, but do you think my wife will notice one of her tops missing from the closet?:cool:
  7. Well, Polish, if a few days later you find your favorite hunting shirt being used as a dust cloth, or to clean the toilets, you will have your answer. Women can really be subtle when they're pissed off. :D Actually, silk in the quantity you need (a yard or less) is really not all that expensive. Any fabric store--and likely even Wally World--carries the stuff. I've purchased it to use as a liner for a gun case a few times.
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  8. Shooter45

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    Polish,

    I always used pillow ticking bought at a cloth shop. One yard will make alot of patches. Wash first to remove the sizing,then cut into strips about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" wide. Then roll up.

    When ready to load, place roundball in lubed cloth, use bullet starter to seat ball, then trim cloth with patch knife. The result is a nice round patch.

    Also for cleaning, I would buy baby flannel, wash and cut into strips.

    I'm probably preaching to the choir but have always wondered why people bought pre-cut patches. :D
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    How thick is the pillow ticking normally? It can vary, can't it?

    And yeah, when I was young and stupid and just starting out I used precut patches, and carried the patch knife for "looks...":p but now I usually buy it at Friendship in strips at the desired thickness and use my patch knife.

    In fact, one of my projects is to make a new patch knife, it's tough to find one made just right, the one I liked best i managed to BREAK, :mad: and with the bevel only on one side of the knife...I have a couple of deer horn pieces, and a couple of needle files that should work nicely for a blade....
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    I can't recall the thickness ,but as I remember, some of the ticking is thicker and I bought both.

    Track of the Wolf should have patch knife blanks that should look great with an antler. I had an original Green River patch knife but it was sold to a friend along with a new hand made possibles bag when I stopped buckskinning. Also, you should be able to find the blanks at the Spring Shoot at Friendship.
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    RimfireRat New Member

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    you can use your calipers to measure the cloth. a 70 something friend of mine goes to the loacl Ben Franklin and buys his pillow ticking . he takes his calipers along. The first time in the ladies thiought he was a crazy old man .but they got used to him :D --JMJ--
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