Do you clean your rifle on your work bench? If so do you also
cover up the stuff on your work bench with towels and newspapers before
cleaning your rifle? If so here is a simple to make Patch Catcher
which will keep the cleaning material drips and spray off the stuff on
your work bench clean without covering
with everything with newspapers and towels. I tried just using
plastic bottle on the end of the rifle, however each time the cleaning
rod came out the end of the barrel it would knock the bottle off.
This easy to make patch catcher is better than duck tape, holds the
bottle on the bore center line, and may
be your for less than $2.00. If interested in making one of your
own my directions follow.
All that is needed to make this patch catcher is the following:
A. One - 1-1/4 x 3/4 PVC SCH. 40 Reducing Bushing (There seems to be
with more plastic than others. I found one that was all solid
on the 3/4 inch end. Solid in the area that will be used for
drilling and tapping a hole for the retaining screw.
B. One - 1-1/4 PVC Coupling
C. One - One Liter Pop or Soda Bottle (The one with the big top)
D. Some Epoxy Glue
Step One - Cut the coupling in half. (On left in Picture above is half
of the normal coupling)
Step Two - Shorten the
reducing bushing. The large opening
portion on the non threaded end may be removed to make the whole unit
shorter. This was done using a table saw. Held the
bushing while cutting with a small piece of 3/4 inch pipe.
Pictured below is the shorten coupling, shorten reducer, and bottle cap.
Step Three - Glue the shorten coupling (half) to the shorten reducing
Step Four - Glue the bottle
cap into the assembly.
Step Five - After the glue
hardens, drill a hole in the bottle cap cap
using a 7/8 in. high speed wood drill. Easy to center up in the
hole from the threaded side.
The 7/8 inch hole was just to small
for my .922 inch barrel so I also drilled the bottle and threaded
portion larger using a 15/16 in high speed wood drill. I used the
back edge of the larger drill making the second cut to stay centered in
the hole and threads.
Step Six - Drill and
tap a hole in the reducing bushing for a Nylon
10x24 screw. This screw will hold the Patch Catcher Unit on your
barrel without marring the barrel. I also added a little Pine
Wood Derby Race Car Wheel to
the end of the screw to make it easier to turn.
Finer points of bottles used as patch catchers. Standard and most
common soda or pop bottle has a 13/16 diameter opening. This
opening is somewhat small and used patches do not want to come out of
the bottle very easily. I had a patch catcher that used water
bottle with a 15/16 inch diameter opening and it worked okay, however
the patches would not fall out of the bottle without some hard
shaking. Main problem with that uint was the water bottle had an
uncommon size cap and was discontinued. So after running out of
water bottles the Pepsi Bottle with the larger top appeared. The
larger pepsi bottle cap has a 1 3/16 diameter
opening and the patches fall out very easily.
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Revised November 19, 2003