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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-06-2015, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Spit Patch

Dumb question O know, but when yinz say "spit patch", are you literally referring to a dry patch with "spit" added as the lube ? or is there really someghing out there called a spit patch. Often wondered

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Re: Spit Patch

Take UN-lubed patch (if you mess this up, I promise you'll only do it once! lol), put it in your mouth. Work spit into it while measuring and dumping the main charge. Once the charge is in the barrel, remove patch from mouth (make sure there's no grains of powder on the fingers going for the patch! lol), and load it under a round ball.

Works pretty well, but you will wind up spitting out patch fibers from time to time. Don't inhale the patch, either, obviously.

The other option, recommended to me by a member here, is to use Hoppes 9+. I've found this to be less messy, easier to load, and accurate. Great for range sessions where using a fat-based lube is messy, using spit patches is tedious/irksome to spit out the patch fibers and such....the Hoppes 9+ route for me works much better.

It smells like good ol' Hoppes, but is more "foamy" when you shake it, and it's super slick. I put a patch over the mouth of the bottle, thumb over the patch, give it a shake or two, then remove the patch from the bottle and use my fingers to make sure it gets all over the patch. The Hoppes will evaporate off your fingers fairly quickly with no residue, which means you're not a greasy messy by the end of the range session. Always a plus!
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Re: Spit Patch

cabela's spit patch for 50 cal muzzys...pack of 100 costs about 8 bucks...
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Re: Spit Patch

Ok, so what I'm getting here is, a "spit patch" is simply a moistened patch (by any moistening method, be it solvent based or saliva), and it differs from the patches that are based in a "grease" product ?

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Re: Spit Patch

It's just an unlubed patch that you moisten with spit. Same patch could have lube on it.

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Ok, so what I'm getting here is, a "spit patch" is simply a moistened patch (by any moistening method, be it solvent based or saliva), and it differs from the patches that are based in a "grease" product ?
Spit patch is just that...patch with spit.

Some will clean with a spit patch, too. I take a bottle of isopropyl alcohol to the range for that purpose, although the Hoppes would do the same thing. In a pinch, though, the spit-soaked cleaning patch has cleaned more than a few barrels so the shooting can continue.
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Re: Spit Patch

the patches from cabela's are lubed with an oil...you actually could clean the flintlock with them...
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For obvious reasons, don't use spit as your patch lube when temperatures fall below freezing.

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Re: Spit Patch

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Ok, so what I'm getting here is, a "spit patch" is simply a moistened patch (by any moistening method, be it solvent based or saliva), and it differs from the patches that are based in a "grease" product ?
The term is exactly what it says. It is an unlubed patch to remove fouling, using spittle.

However it has evolved into spit, water, lube, or whatever you choose. I dampen patches with water and put in a baggie in my pocket. Take one out, squeeze out excess, once down, once back. Ready for the next load. In a pinch or if I forgot the wet patches, I will use the lubed ones I carry.

Additionally, a damp patch, with whatever treatment, can have a second purpose, and is a good practice if you have a lot of fouling ... to help put out an errant ember you might be dumping black powder onto!

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Re: Spit Patch

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the patches from cabela's are lubed with an oil...you actually could clean the flintlock with them...
You keep mentioning this. But how about providing a webpage link?

Most common swabbing of the bore is with ....

Blue Windex
isoprophyl alcohol 70%
Windex with vinegar
Windshield washer fluid
pre-lubed bore butter patches

Use a small spray bottle, often found in the big-store samples shelf, where small samples of hand soap, shampoo, toothpaste....etc... exist.
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