I can’t say enough good things about Southern Bloomer Mfg. I love their patches and customer service. It doesn’t get any better.
Southern Bloomer patches are made from a soft cotton knit…like t-shirts and underwear material…soft and absorbent. That’s funny because that’s how Southern Bloomer Mfg started…they made panties and night shirts for the Federal prisons. One day they took the scrap material from production and made cleaning patches from them. The rest is history.
Cotton knit patches work really well for cleaning guns and just about anything. The cotton knit is very absorbent so it holds a lot of cleaner or oil. It’s also lint free and tough. They won’t fall apart when cleaning a gun barrel and actually help scrub it clean.
So how hard is it to make a good cleaning patch?
…you might think it’s very easy but I’ve used many patches and some flat out suck. Some don’t hold oil or cleaner and some leave lint inside the barrel. And then some tear when putting them on the end of a jag.
Southern Bloomer shotgun patches are tops. They’re nice and big and make cleaning a shotgun quick and easy. I usually only have to use 3 or 4 and my shotgun bore is shiny clean. I use the 3 x 3 size for my 12 gauge. You get 500 to a bag which will last you a long time. Here’s a link to buy them online…Southern Bloomer Shotgun Patches 3×3/500 bag at Amazon.com
I really love Southern Bloomer Mfg.
Patches are not patches!
I’ve tried many over the past 30 years and most fall apart and leave lint on your gun and in your barrel. Gun cleaning rags are the same way…some are good while others not so good.
Southern Bloomer gun cleaning rags are AWESOME!
The very same quality that goes into their patches, goes into their gun cleaning rags. The “Classy Rag” is 12″ x 12″ which is the perfect all purpose size for gun maintenance. I typically use more rags than patches when cleaning my guns. I use a rag to do all my gun cleaning except for the bore. It’s just easier to hold a rag than a small patch.
The “Classy Rag” is a cotton knit that is very absorbent, does NOT fall apart and scrubs metal surfaces very well. They actually make cleaning more efficient.
Here is a link where you can buy them online….Southern Bloomer Classy Rags at Amazon.com
The Best Gun Cleaning Patches
So what are the best gun cleaning patches? Round? Square? Cotton? Cotton Knit? Flannel?
There are a ton of cleaning patches to choose from. I have tried quite a few in the past 30 years. My favorite gun cleaning patches used to be M-Pro7 patches. They were thick and coarsely knitted. They really scrubbed the bore and removed not only carbon but also lead fouling. I still have some but they have not been available for a long time.
There are 3 or 4 different shapes when it comes to gun cleaning patches…round, square, triangle and hexagon. I have used them all and cannot tell the difference. All the various shapes work well.
So what makes a good gun cleaning patch?
- Lint free
- Structural integrity – Doesn’t fall apart
- Tightly knitted
Gun cleaning patches have to be lint free…well they don’t have to be but I hate lint left in the bore and chamber, so I won’t use a patch that leaves lint everywhere. A good gun cleaning patch has to be strong so it doesn’t fall apart when you push it down the bore. It has to stay put on the jag. A coarse and tightly knitted cotton patch will scrub the bore better than fine knit. And it has to be absorbent. A good cleaning patch will soak up cleaner or oil and hold it while it get pushed down the barrel. I have seen some patches where a drop of oil sat on top of the patch. Not good.
Here are the gun cleaning patches that I like.
- Southern Bloomer (cotton knit)
- Professional’s Choice (cotton flannel)
- Birchwood Casey (cross weave pattern)
- Pro Shot (cotton flannel)
I personally really like the Southern Bloomer patches. These are what I have been using for the past year or so. They are really soft and absorbent. Their story is quite interesting too! Shop Gun Cleaning Patches at Amazon.com.
Southern Bloomer Patches