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Using paper towels in place of cotton cloth

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by skipsor, Mar 3, 2012.

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  1. skipsor

    skipsor Member

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    I got lazy today and used paper towels, torn into quarters, to clean one of my guns instead of old t-shirt pieces that I usually use. I was surprised at how quickly they cleaned the bore.

    My question is, will repeated use of paper towels damage the bore? First I used WD-40 to soften the plastic deposits and then used Hoppe's.
  2. SPACE GUN

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    I hqave been using paper towels for over 10 years, they work great and will not harm you bore. I took a piece of 5/8 inch dowel rod and attached a plastic handle to it and use on on everything remington to K80.
  3. warpspeed

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    My favorite paper towels to use are the blue "shop towels" that come on a regular paper towel roll. They hold together better than Bounty.
  4. Uncle Screech

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    Been using strips of paper towel for a couple years now, they do a great job. I like the "brown" recycled paper ones if they are on sale, otherwise anything will do.

    Greg
  5. gdbabin

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    No.


    However, using your shooting buddies old crusty and soiled skivies may.


    You can never be too careful!



    Guy B.
  6. JH

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    It is one of the better kept secrets....it works better than cotton!
  7. wayneo

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    Viva! Better than Bounty, they're not quilted, more like thin cloth. A roll last a long time. Don't catch them on you're ejectors.

    Wayne
  8. MDMike

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    Paper towels and a 5/8" dowel rod with CLP left in the barrels for a few days. Works great.....That CLP never stops cleaning....
  9. Allen-MX8

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    I have used VIVA Paper Towels for I guess over 10 years. They are close to cloth and as someone above has said, one roll lasts a long time.

    Allen
  10. MDMike

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    Woops.....
  11. jliveng1

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    I've been using paper towel that I roll up so that it's a snug fit in the bore. Does a great job of cleaning the entire bore in less passes than using a plain patch.
  12. skipsor

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    Guy B., where do you think I got the idea?

    Roger C., I only use them in the bore, never on the blued portions.
  13. JON R THOMPSON

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    Caution when useing with rifles! A very small piece of paper towel in my hunting partners rifle made a 50 yard Elk pack into a 3/4 mile one. A very small piece stopped the bolt from locking in his 7mm Remington. A quick check would have been easier then the 3/4 mile back pack of Elk quarters.

    Jon
  14. missed some

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    I have used them inside and outside my guns. i guess my finish is better than the towels cause nothin hurt yet. but i have only been doin it for 40 years maybe the wd40 protects from the abrasive towel. i use em to clean windows too
  15. W.P.T.

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    I use paper shop towels (blue) in the bore with Clenzoil (if and when I clean it other than the bore snake) then I use Microfiber towels from Sam's Club on the rest of the gun, they come 25 in a package for $11.97, and they work great ... I then usually wipe the gun down with Clenzoil and never worry about it after that ... I use the Clenzoil on wood, leather, and my guns, the stuff is great ... I use old T-shirts when I have them, cut into big strips so they fit really tight ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
  16. wireguy

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    Does this give a clue about why we don't want to dry our shooting glasses with paper towels when we clean them?
  17. SevenMaryThree

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    I have been using paper towels as 'patches' to clean guns since basic training.
  18. Brian in Oregon

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    Get quality paper towels, because those that tear easily when wet leave bits and pieces in the gun, plus some leave nasty fuzz. I prefer old underwear and tshirts for wipes and commercial gun cleaning patches for bores, but paper towels will work in a pinch. Also, they are cheap for nasty cleanup of actions.

    As for wear in the bore, back in the blackpowder days many bullets were paper-patched. The bullet is wrapped in paper, and the paper engages the lands and grooves, not the lead bullet. A dead soft lead bullet can be used. The bores were polished clean, and the bores has a lot less fouling shot to shot than lead bullets with lube.
  19. missed some

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    Hmm i use em on guns windows and glasses
  20. cubancigar2000

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    I have used them for many years inside and out on all my guns. I dont even own any rags - I like to tear off a 4" X 4" or so piece and wrap it around a brass brush on a cleaning rod. The brush holds it well. Stick it in the breech end of barrell about 2" in and pour a little shooters choice in a scrub. When I used to get plastic buildup I would use electrical cleaner first but since I quit using the claybusters and went to DR wads I have none
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