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  1. #1
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    Ultrasonic Cleaning

    What firearm pieces/parts do you guys ultrasonic clean? I bought one today and planning to clean the baffles of my Octane 45 HD can and the core of my Gemtech GM-22 can. Anyone ever put a barrel in the US cleaner?

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    On Target

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    Bolt, BCG (if it fits). Lube and oil after the bath.

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    Madame Mayor's Fiefdom

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    We have a large ultrasonic tank at work, from Brownells. It really speeds the cleaning of firearms.

    I have the smaller, Harbor Freight version at home. I bought it specifically for cleaning suppressor parts.

    I like to use a bit of Dawn Dish Detergent in it. Let it get good and hot.

    I've heard of people using mineral spirits in theirs, but I'm wary of putting a flammable solvent in an electronic device marketed by Harbor Freight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBMJR1 View Post
    We have a large ultrasonic tank at work, from Brownells. It really speeds the cleaning of firearms.

    I have the smaller, Harbor Freight version at home. I bought it specifically for cleaning suppressor parts.

    I like to use a bit of Dawn Dish Detergent in it. Let it get good and hot.

    I've heard of people using mineral spirits in theirs, but I'm wary of putting a flammable solvent in an electronic device marketed by Harbor Freight.
    The one I bought is from Harbor Freight also!

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    So what chemicals are you using to clean the gun parts? Also what about coated parts like my DLC coated barrels etc? Can they be cleaned in an ultrasonic? This topic kinda makes me want one. I have been lazy about cleaning my guns, but I don't mind dropping some parts in there and lubing it the next day whey they dry out.
    Stephen

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    Ive used purple power at the recommended dilution to clean at the office after a range day. Field strip and drop in everything but the Glock slide (fiber optic sights) and frame (plastic), and the 1911 slide (also fiber optic sights). Get her good and hot, set it for 480 seconds, and let er rip. Usually just a quick wipe down with hoppes and 2-3 passes with a bore brush, then oil it all up with steel shield and back in the holsters they go. Also running the el cheapo harbor freight one.

    Works great for paint brushes at the house too. For them I use either mineral spirits or plain water with dish soap and no heat. And obviously drain and wipe it out between. Also works for cleaning airless paint sprayer parts after painting stuff at the house. Impossible to get paint out of those nozzle holes otherwise.


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    I'm going to try to grab one next time I'm free. I have some BCG's and other parts that haven't been cleaned in forever. I also can blow them out with my compressor next to my workbench. I watched a youtube video just now, there they threw an entire lower into it. (It was a sig frame on a 250 or 320). So I don't see what would be the difference in throwing a glock frame in there, but if I can't no big deal also. I have an Octane HD 45 coming in also, and I can use this on my pistons and on my sparrow's core.
    Stephen

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob View Post
    I can use this on my pistons and on my sparrow's core.
    I have a GM22 can and I read not to US clean any coated parts or aluminum. That G-core is coated with something. Now the baffles on the HD 45 would be perfect. I scrubbed mine and it seemed to take forever.

    "Aluminum: Do NOT use ultrasonic cleaners, harsh solvents, or steel brushes/picks. To avoid permanent damage, only use safe chemicals and brass or plastic utensils."
    Last edited by flamatrix99; June 14th, 2020 at 06:35 PM.

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    AR BCG, stripped down. It makes cleaning a suppressed gun’s BCG much easier.

    Never found a need for pistol parts, but it’s good for restoration projects.

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    enthusiast

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamatrix99 View Post
    I have a GM22 can and I read not to US clean any coated parts or aluminum. That G-core is coated with something. Now the baffles on the HD 45 would be perfect. I scrubbed mine and it seemed to take forever.

    "Aluminum: Do NOT use ultrasonic cleaners, harsh solvents, or steel brushes/picks. To avoid permanent damage, only use safe chemicals and brass or plastic utensils."
    I thought the sparrows monocore was stainless?
    Stephen

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