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Ultrasonic Cleaning?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Rich219, Dec 30, 2009.

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  1. Rich219

    Rich219 Active Member

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    Anyone use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean their trap barrels in? Is there any reason I shouldn't do this?
     
  2. RobertT

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    Just throw it in the dishwasher like I do. Only problem is I have to take the wood off first and then disassemble the action, dry it and re-lube everything. Kind of like using an ultrasonic cleaner. Seriously, sounds like a great barrel cleaner but I wouldn't want to do the whole gun.

    Robert
     
  3. phirel

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    It would work with the right solvents. Where can I find one 36 inches long? I doubt it would work better than soaking and brushing the barrel.

    Pat Ireland
     
  4. Rich219

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    I've been looking for one between 30-36" long and haven't had any luck.
     
  5. Unknown1

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    There are companies that service the aerospace industry that have sonic cleaners that are easily large enough but there is no real advantage to the process (and its cost) for something as crude as a gun barrel.

    Cut a suitable length of 4" sch. 40 pvc pipe cap it at one end, stand it vertical and fill with your choice of solvents (I use Stoddard Solvent). Put the barrel in muzzle first and swab away with you bore rod and a bronze brush.

    MK
     
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    I have an old one from a hospital - it's about 18" by 24". Great for pistols and choke tubes.

    Not sure what benefit it would have for a barrel...

    that being said, it DOES get plastic build up 'out' of choke tubes - it actually raises the plastic a little and then a brush can knock it out easily.

    I have done larger items in it - you need to build a jig (see Unkown1's comment above) - if you fill the cleaner tank with water, etc. and then stand a larger object (e.g., PVC pipe) also filled with a fluid in the tank the sound waves travel through both. I've done a large SS filter that was about 4 ~ 5 inches by 30 this way.

    It takes more time, but it worked perfectly.
     
  7. gdbabin

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    Why not a rod, brass brush, a variable speed drill and your 'favorite' solvent?


    Just don't wear your best shirt or do it in your wife's fancy sittin' room.


    Guy Babin
     
  8. b12

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    I have a ultrasonic cleanner. I have worked with this stuff in medical industry for 45 yrs. I don't use a solvent I use a dishwashing liquid that has a type of citrus in it. That is what we use in the Device industry. About 15 minutes in the hot water sonic tank and you reciever will be as clean as you are going to get. You just take it off the stock and put the reciever in the tank, make sure it does not rest on the bottom but have it susppended in the water. If you tank holds a couple of gallons of water the as far as a citrus type cleanner all you need is not more 4 to 5 table spoons full. Rinse off with a little cool water pressure and should be clean. If not put back in one more time. When you give a final rinse do it with the hot water not hotter that what you can stand to hold on to it your self. Let it dry then spray with some oil. Nothing to it. You don't need to dissemble the reciever the sonic will get it as clean as you possibley could. B12
     
  9. powderburn

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    Hi!
    Try Omega Sonics. We use them to clean brass instruments-our large one will fit a huge 5/4 concert tuba, but these cleaners are very expensive. $15,000 for the big one. A little overkill, I think, just to clean a gun barrel. But, a busy gunsmith would love one of these with the right solution/degreaser to cut through grease, oil, and grime. Does a wonderful job on brass.
     
  10. short shucker

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    I just swap the barrel with MEK and let it set for a few minutes. The plastic fouling just wipes away. Use gloves and good ventilation when using MEK.

    I oil up a few cotton swaps to get the area's around the rib.

    I don't swab my barrels very much these days as the DownRange wads leave very little in the way of residue.

    ss
     
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    For those interested in a 36" ultrasonic gun cleaner check the link above. They aren't to hard to find but to my way of thinking just a tad cost prohibitive.

    Bob Lawless
     
  12. Chichay

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    I do not know if I would want to do it with my shotguns because of the cost involved (see preceding post), but I do it routinely with my pistols. They come out CLEAN! You can buy the ultrasonic cleaner with timer & warmer from Northern Industries for less than $300.+ shipping. Chichay
     
  13. Bob Schultz

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    Here's one that work,s nicely ... just not real cost effective




    SharperTek Professional Ultrasonic Weapon Cleaner

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    Made in Detroit, MI, USA!
    Accessories:

    Polycarbonate Cleaning Trays - Protect your guns while cleaning/lubricating them with the most powerful gun cleaning technology in existence!
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    4oz Oil with Needle-Point Dispenser - A little extra oil to take with you on the field in case you need it!
    This Ultrasonic Gun Cleaner Has Two Tanks, so You Can Clean and Lubricate at the Same Time!

    Ultrasonic Cleaner Specifications:

    Professional grade model
    Very reliable industrial-grade transducer
    Engineered and designed in the U.S.A. by SharperTek® - Not a cheap unit!
    Temperature-regulated heating element for best cleaning results
    Tank Material: Stainless Steel
    Power Supply: AC 100 ~ 120V, 50 / 60Hz
    Tank Capacity: 11 Gallons (each)
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    Rifle_CleanerRegular price: $13,500.00Sale price: $9,950.00
     
  14. jim brown

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    Why do you want to clean a shotgun barrel?

    jim brown
     
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    I just traded off a large industrial ultrasonic cleaner with a built in tank heater to a buddy for gun stuff. No one else was interested in it.
     
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    Ah yes, MEK = Methyl eythll ketone, darn good stuff. SP ? We used it to keep the felt tips of the windshield primer bottles from gumming up at Jeep. They applied a primer to windshield flange on the Wrangler so that the urethane would bond. bill
     
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    Does anyone know what qualities are needed to use sonic cleaning? I have a used sonic cleaner and used isopropyl alcohol with mixed results to clean my Ljutic triggers. Will water with soap work better? All advice appreciated. George Miller
     
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    Brownells sells a non-flammable, water soluble one that I like.

    It is concentrated, so you dilute it with water.

    Once clean you dry the parts and oil.

    You can "float" another small tub of oil with the parts in it on the top of the solvent to drive the oil into the action...
     
  19. Chichay

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    If real dirty, I have used Simple Green with water in a 1:3 ratio by volume with good results. If not too dirty you can go 1:5. Chichay
     
  20. superxjeff

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    You can get the smaller models at harbor freight for pretty cheap. great for triggers,pistols, parts ETc. I know guys who use them with different solutions to clean brass rather then tumble it. It's amazing how much crud builds up INSIDE a rifle case that tumbling does not remove. Jeff
     
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