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Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

Just curious what others are doing...feel free to post your reasoning for one or the other.
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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

I currently use pre cut because it's easier but I just got a patch knife and am going to try cutting at muzzle.
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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

pre cut
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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

Cutting at the muzzle places the ball in the center of the patch. This is suposed to make it more accurate? I could not say this is true because i couldn't hit the same place twice anyhow>>>>>>

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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

I bought an old arch punch about 35 years ago to make precut patches. You can make hundreds in a matter of minutes simply by folding the material and punching out the patches on a piece of wood with a hammer.

Willyp - It's easy enough to center a ball in a precut patch too. Hitting the same place twice, well that's going to take a little more practice on your part.

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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

Shelf prices on arch punches these days, if you can find one of appropriate diameter are north of $50. I think I'll try Rusty's pipe idea, unless I can find an arch punch at a flea market or the like for cheap. I use patches that come out around 1 5/8" in diameter. I can find appropriate diameter punches online, to the tune of $70+. Not gonna happen, lol. I could drop to 1 1/2", which I'm sure would be fine, and they are somewhat cheaper, coming in at $40-$50, but still....pretty pricey for patch cutting.
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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

Speed or nostalgia? A woods walk I'll cut, loading the first shot to hunt with, cut. Reloading either depending on circumstance. If you want real fast cut patch and lube, than one thread in 4 corners to hold patch in ball. Coned muzzle of course. Don bruton has a video on loading, its quite chock full of info.

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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

I make my own precut patches with an arch punch like Acorn20. If i run out of precut i will cut at the muzzle and for me it make no differance in the accuracy.
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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

Found the arch punch i use on flebay for around 20 bucks if i remember right.
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Re: Patches: precut or cut at the muzzle?

BlackBruin, sort of both, lol.

For the range or a woods walk, I'd kinda like to cut, but for hunting, I'll almost certainly use pre-cut. Was really curious if there was a heavy preference, and it seems pretty evenly split thus far.

For hunting, I've taken to carrying a loading block with two patched balls in it, and two RMC powder tubes in my bag with pre-measured charges. These are for a situation where a deer may be down but not dead, and I want to reload with all due haste. I also carry a shot bag with 6-10 balls in it and a baggie with a few precut/prelubed patches, a measure and a horn. If I'm in no hurry, then, I load out of those supplies and save the two "speed loads" for "emergencies."

For a woods walk, which I have yet to do but hope/plan to as the weather gets better, I figured I'd carry a shot bag of balls, my horn and measure, etc. But was up in the air if I wanted to cut at the muzzle or carry precut patches.
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