Cheap Bore Snakes
Don't want to spend the money on a bore snake (which basically is a glorified shoe lace) to clean the barrel of your gun or the cylinders of you revolver? Here as some cheap alternatives.
Bore Snakes Using Shoe Laces
Use an old shoe lace to clean the barrel and cylinders of your
.22 caliber revolver or the barrel of your
.22 pistol. Pick a "fluffy" one with a diameter that closely approximates the diameter of your barrel and cylinders. Use as you would a bore snake. If it's too thin, try tying a few knots (the more the better) in the shoe lace to make it thicker (at points) and provide better cleaning.
Make Your Own Bore Snake
Get an old cotton t-shirt or cotton cloth and cut into thin strips about 1 inch wide and 4 feet long. Trim one end to remove enough material such that it will fit through the barrel or cylinder of your gun and push it through with a cleaning rod. Pull the remainder through to clean the barrel/cylinder. Experiment with different dimensions to provide the best cleaning. The best thing about these is that they are free and washable. Include them in your gun cleaning kit.
rope or string
Go to the hardware store and find a some cotton rope or string that closely approximates the diameter of your barrel and cylinders. Use as you would a bore snake.
Pipe Cleaners to Clean Your Pistol
You have to buy them and they may be hard to find in the right size but many people use pipe cleaners to clean the barrel and cylinders of their guns.
Bore Snakes made from rolled up paper towels
When there is nothing else around try using wads of paper towel as cleaning patches for your gun. Tear off a small piece of paper towel, wad it up and shove it through the barrel of your gun with the end of your cleaning rod. It works (sort of).