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Online goingoldskool

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Linen patching?
« on: August 08, 2021, 08:18:27 PM »
Has anyone used pure linen for patching material?  I was wondering if it was better than cotton???
You experience and/or thoughts.
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Rodd

Offline Rob DiStefano

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Re: Linen patching?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2021, 06:07:30 AM »
Been there, done that a number of times with a variety of linen cloth swatches/weaves, and found no appreciable difference whence compared to cotton pillow ticking.  Any patch cloth is just a vehicle for the lube, and it's the lube itself that's most important.
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Re: Linen patching?
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2021, 07:29:14 AM »
Thanks Rob! Now I don't have to clutter my brain with wondering about it...

Offline dhaverstick

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Linen patching?
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2021, 08:38:57 AM »
I've used both linen and muslin with good results.

Here's a funny story about me picking out some cloth to make patches from. When I first got into trad muzzleloading, I had a 50 caliber rifle made and I was learning all about its care and feeding. Through much shooting, I determined that it liked patches that were .015" thick the best. So when I started running low on patches, I went to Walmart to look at their linen selection. After the nice lady pointed me to the bolts of cloth I needed to examine, imagine the look on her face when I whipped out a set of digital calipers so I could measure the thickness of her wares. She, of course, asked what I was doing and after I went into a rather lengthy explanation, she just rolled her eyes and walked away. That was well over ten years ago and I'm still cutting patches out of that square yard of cloth.

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Offline Kurt

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Re: Linen patching?
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2021, 11:33:15 AM »
You linen users should try some good silk :D
Also if you shoot a ring tailed bullet use silk thread instead of your Wife's sewing machine spool stuff :D