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billt

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Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« on: November 23, 2018, 10:56:44 am »
All right, I'll admit I'm cheap. But I get sick and tired for paying $5 and $6 for a Silicone cotton / flannel gun wipe cloth. I go through these things pretty quick. It doesn't take long before they wear, then they transfer a lot of lint on to your gun. Especially on any matte finished surfaces.

So I went to a fabric store and bought 2 yards of cotton flannel quilting fabric for just $2.49 @ yard. (I bought natural color. But you can get it in any color you like). I took a pair of pinking shears and cut it into 18" square sheets. I then spray them with silicone, (or you can use your favorite gun oil or rust preventive), fold them up and put them into 6" heavy duty zip lock storage bags. You'll end up with over 20 of them for what you will pay for one from Hoppe's or Outers. And they are of better quality.

You can keep several of them at home, in your range bag, on your reloading bench, or even in the pockets of your gun cases. Then you will never be without a way to wipe down your gun. And you won't be ripped off over paying for those crappy one's they sell at the gun shop.

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Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« on: November 23, 2018, 10:56:44 am »

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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2018, 12:06:04 pm »
Good idea.

I use microfiber cloths the same way. You can get good ones for less than a buck in the automotive section of walmart. The ones that are the perfect size (about like a wash cloth) are two for a buck at Dollar Tree. They don't leave lint.

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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2018, 06:08:21 pm »
It takes a real man to admit he owns a pair of pinking shears. ;) I doubt the majority of the common masses even know what they are.
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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2018, 02:47:42 am »
It takes a real man to admit he owns a pair of pinking shears. ;) I doubt the majority of the common masses even know what they are.

They're my wife's. But if you buy the fabric from a fabric shop like the one I linked to, they will cut it for you in any size squares you like. Then you don't have to buy the shears. If you don't cut the material with pinking shears, it can ravel. It still will with the pinking cuts, but not as badly.
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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2018, 05:15:51 am »
One thing I have started doing that helps A LOT, is after cleaning, oiling, and wiping down, I allow the gun to sit for 48 hours with the muzzle down over a paper towel. (You can place it into a gun case with a piece of paper towel wrapped around the muzzle to prevent anything from soaking into the case itself). Then lean it against a corner of the room.

This allows any and all excess oil, solvent, and liquid to drain down out of the action, through the barrel into the paper towel. You'll be surprised at how much runs out. This prevents this excess liquid and lubricant from running into the action and soaking into the wood surrounding it. I even do it with AR's and other synthetic stocked weapons. Then after 48 hours, store the weapon normally.
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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2018, 10:01:32 am »
I just cut up 4 yards of cotton flannel material I bought yesterday for $13.00. It yielded a total of 45 one foot square wiping cloths. I have 36 heavy duty 8 mil zip lock bags coming next week, so I can individually treat and package them. 45 treated gun wiping cloths at $5.50 each would run $247.50. These will most likely last longer than I will.

I'll treat them with different oils and rust preventatives. Then mark them on the bags. You can put motor oil in a trigger spray bottle to apply it. It works pretty well. Then allow them to soak it up for a few minutes. Then fold and package them, and you're good to go.
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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2018, 12:21:56 pm »
One of the things I miss about the funeral home is the freebies.  Go ahead and insert any casket joke here you wish.  Many hospitals and nursing homes use a flannel like sheet - Not flannel, but not smooth cotton either.  Once back at the funeral home, I would toss these sheets into the laundry bag with all of our linens.  When they came back from the laundry service, I would take these home and cut them up for any number of uses, and gun wipes was one of them.  Just like many of you, varying sizes stuffed in zip lock bags and sprayed with different products for easy use.
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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2018, 11:32:39 pm »
Are varying sizes of people stuffed in one size casket? A guy in basic training said he worked at a funeral home and told me something gruesome about that. Of course he could have been full of crap.
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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2018, 04:41:25 am »
The standard size casket varies by just a few inches in the interior.  There are oversize caskets available.  There are some tricks to getting a body to fit if needed, but nothing gruesome.

While there is some disrespect in some business places, the majority of morticians treat the body as if it were one of their family members.
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Re: Do It Yourself Gun Wipes
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2018, 05:26:40 pm »
Thanks Mike. That's what I thought.
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