Ultra-sonic cleaner

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by aandabooks, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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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.
     
  2. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Nobody have an opinion?
     

  3. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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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.
     
  4. ctshooter

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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.
     
  5. ctshooter

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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.
     
  6. Mercator

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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.
     
  7. zaitsev44

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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.
     
  8. ctshooter

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    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.
     
  9. aandabooks

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    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.
     
  10. clr8ter

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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.
     
  11. ctshooter

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    It does good on barrels. I put the barrel in turn it on and when the timer shuts it off I run a brush through it a couple time then back in for another cycle. Wipe it down run patches through it and presto clean barrel.

    I would pull the grips off. But at the same time I don't put the frames in. Mine don't typically get that dirty. Kind of anal about cleaning after shooting.
     
  12. Mercator

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    Careful with the frame if you have tritium or fiberoptic sights. A time or two won't do harm, but in the long run it's controversial. Even regular sight paint may fade. Barrels, bolt assemblies, anything all-steel are the best candidates for an ultrasonic jacuzzi.
     
  13. ctshooter

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    +1. I don't personally put frames and or slides in just small metal parts and barrels. Bolt carriers and such as well take the dip.
     
  14. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    Many of my pistols have fiber optic sights. Maybe the barrels and the lowers would be best. I always thought I did a pretty good job cleaning guns but when I broke down my xdm to put a trigger kit in my fingers were black by the time I was done. I'm apparently getting a lot of gunk in the lower assembly.
     
  15. John_Deer

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    Even after 500 or 600 rounds there is nothing in my guns that can't be removed in seconds with CLP powder blast and compressed air. WD40 and CLP powder blast both remove cosmoline very easily. WD40 will not damage the wood finish on your rifle.
     
  16. Fisherking

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    I have the RCBS one and love it . I use it with vinegar water and dish detergent for cleaning my brass . I use the Hornadies parts cleaner for ..... gun parts . It smells like pine soil .... humm but it works well .
    Make shure u dry and lube all your parts to keep the rust off.
    If u get one u will be suprized at all the cleaning u will be doing .
    F.K.
     
  17. Fisherking

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    WD-40 will leave a hard residue on guns I don't recomend WD-40 on guns . That's just me . I have taken apart too many guns that were all shelacked up with stuck fireing pins and slugish bolts because of WD-40.
     
  18. desiel

    desiel New Member

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    I got a super deal on the large hornady cleaner that i can put a 16 inch upper in. I love it but have learnd a few things. I have heat on mine and hotter is not always better. Brass solution is for brass and brass only. Nickle plated brass turns black so i tumble it now. The steel solution will eat aluminium and is for steel only so watch your frames and inserts. So to shorten this i love my ultrasonic cleaner never had brass this clean or firearm parts with so little effort just keep in mind it is not the end all cleaning solution but it makes a lot of jobs easier.
     
  19. Missouribound

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  20. desiel

    desiel New Member

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    This is true i do not use stainless media but can you put a 16 inch upper in your tumbler for cleaning. Stainless seems to be the new buzz for brass cleaning but i wanted a more all purpose tool in my reloading room and an ultra sonic cleaner will do more than brass. A friend of mone has started to gather stainless media materials so i will be able to compare then.

    Desiel