I use the tampon and the Q-tips. The former is center pierced by the swag; the latter are inserted--after halving--in a pre-drilled wood dowel. Another and especially for the smaller stuff is to right-angle one of those straw cleaning brushes then turn the end on itself so no metal touches the chamber. I've also used an arrow cut off. First with the feathers left on then when they're gone the nock will work, but looses the cotton--or cigarette filter--that's pinched between the ears. Sounds like your shipping is similar to mine. Good luck.