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Old 12-13-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Anybody using one just for cleaning pistols and parts? I'm considering one after doing a trigger job on my XDM and seeing how much gunk is down in the internals.

If you use one, which one and are you happy with it? I'm not thinking of a huge one due to cost.

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I'm wanting one too. I spent 4 hours cleaning the cosmoline out of my uncles new Mosin. In 30 minutes I could have it done with a ultrasonic and then spend some time cleaning the parts that don't fit. I think harbor freight has some small models for under $50 that can fit things like pistols and small rifle parts in.

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I stole my wife's jewelry cleaner. Bought it harbor freight couple years ago and she hardly used it so I stole it fair and square. I just started using it and have it filled with hoppes right now. Works really good on all the small stuff. I have put bolt assemblies in, barrels, and other small parts. I think I am going to try balistol next see how that works.

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I'm wanting one too. I spent 4 hours cleaning the cosmoline out of my uncles new Mosin. In 30 minutes I could have it done with a ultrasonic and then spend some time cleaning the parts that don't fit. I think harbor freight has some small models for under $50 that can fit things like pistols and small rifle parts in.
The way I do my mosin's when I get new ones is get a couple of smaller aluminum pans from dollar store disassemble the mosin and put the small stuff in the pans and cover with mineral spirits. I then put the barrel and receiver assy in a 3" PVC pipe with a cap on one end and fill that with mineral sports and let it sit while I finish up on the small stuff with a brush and such.
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Yes, take out the old spring or anything to be replaced, then clean, then assemble. This way you maximize the parts exposure to ultrasonic cavitation.

That said, a trigger group rarely gets soiled to the point where a powr wash with Gun Scrubber won't do. But you know what you asre dealing with.
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The way I do my mosin's when I get new ones is get a couple of smaller aluminum pans from dollar store disassemble the mosin and put the small stuff in the pans and cover with mineral spirits. I then put the barrel and receiver assy in a 3" PVC pipe with a cap on one end and fill that with mineral sports and let it sit while I finish up on the small stuff with a brush and such.
Yeah I take those aluminum pans, fill halfway with hot water and simple green, then scrub all the internals down. For the barrel I hung it from a ladder over a garbage can and covered it all in brake cleaner then sprayed CLP all down the barrel and in the hard to reach places, then take a toothbrush and scrub down.
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Yeah I take those aluminum pans, fill halfway with hot water and simple green, then scrub all the internals down. For the barrel I hung it from a ladder over a garbage can and covered it all in brake cleaner then sprayed CLP all down the barrel and in the hard to reach places, then take a toothbrush and scrub down.
The beauty of the pipe and mineral spirits is you just let it soak I also sometimes tie a string and move it up in down in the pipe a quick spray with brake clean and presto clean.
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I stole my wife's jewelry cleaner. Bought it harbor freight couple years ago and she hardly used it so I stole it fair and square. I just started using it and have it filled with hoppes right now. Works really good on all the small stuff. I have put bolt assemblies in, barrels, and other small parts. I think I am going to try balistol next see how that works.
So you're basically just breaking the pistol down to parts and putting them in? How does it do on barrels? I would assume that I would want to remove wood grips.
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I have also been interested in one of these. Seems to me that it'd be way easier and less messy than spraying sh!t. Check out Grizzly.com, they have several of these US cleaners of varying sizes, small ones are reasonably priced.

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