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I have been using tow for a while for cleaning and for use as wadding in my guns and quite enjoy it. But I am about out and am curious where our members are buying their tow for good prices? Thanks in advance!

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I made my own tow from hemp(??) cord by unraveling it after cutting off short pieces. Easy to ignite with steel & flint.
 
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I use the old sisal baler twine. Just unravel it and use it. It is getting harder to find now that so many farmers have went to the plastic twines. You used to able to get it by the piles just for asking.
 

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Does tow actually have advantages over a patch or wad or do people use it just because it’s traditional? Good reasons either way!
 
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I do prefer tow made from flax fibers. Finding it can be difficult. The use of hemp, jute, sisal or manila twine will be almost as good as flax tow.

A pound can be purchased from the Woolery. A pound would probably last for most lifetimes and grand children might still be using it.

 
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I do prefer tow made from flax fibers. Finding it can be difficult. The use of hemp, jute, sisal or manila twine will be almost as good as flax tow.

A pound can be purchased from the Woolery. A pound would probably last for most lifetimes and grand children might still be using it.

I agree 100%! For 'real' flax I buy mine from the Woolery. Generally the best price for the real thing. Otherwise I buy sisal rope and separate and cut the fibers. It works awesome as wadding but not as good as real flax for cleaning. For cleaning with a proper worm you need good flax.
 
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see if this link works. I have ordered from this company with no issues.
 
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I have purchased flax from these folks. Good people. www.flaxforsale.com. I purchased it in the bulk not by the strick. Tow works for me. After water flushing I put a small bit on a tow worm and scrub the barrel with it. It offers some light abrasion. And if you want it can be washed, dried and used over again. Have Fun.
 
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