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 Post subject: Sonic cleaners
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2022 10:47 pm 
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Who all uses one?

I have one and it's awesome. It's big enough for two handguns. It takes so much of the work out of cleaning the internals.

On auto, I just remove and strip the slide. For S&W revolvers just remove the grips, crane, and side plate. Other revolvers just field strip.

While my unit has a heating element, the amount of water it holds takes time to heat up, so I put hot water in and then run it. It keeps the water hot. A cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid, set the controls and let it run.

[Note: DO NOT let the metal basket come in contact with the firearms. It can damage some finishes. I use a perforated plastic basket inside the steel basket.]

The guns come out so clean they need to be sprayed or coated with some type of oil or unfinished parts can start to rust immediately. I drop them into a bath of Ed's Red and let them soak.

Here's my sonic unit:

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 Post subject: Re: Sonic cleaners
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2022 12:16 pm 
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Being able to get all the moisture out of the internals would be my main concern.

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 Post subject: Re: Sonic cleaners
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tenboremag wrote:
Being able to get all the moisture out of the internals would be my main concern.


That is the simplest part. The temperature of the water causes the moisture to evaporate immediately after removing it from the tank. It dries so completely that it causes the carbon steel parts to start rusting within minutes unless oiled.

That's why I soak everything in Ed's Red.

And you've NEVER had the internals of a firearm so squeaky clean!

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 Post subject: Re: Sonic cleaners
PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2022 11:33 am 
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I use mine to clean parts. Never dunked the whole gun though.


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 Post subject: Re: Sonic cleaners
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my cowboy guns could use a good cleaning like that , those tools get used and abused regularly but so far very few ssues from lack of cleaning - generally its bullet length that catches me up - also generally thats when i load with a friend on his dillon , another reason ive never upgraded from the lyman for the pistol caliber and rock crusher for the big caliber , ive even gone to a single stage for the shotgun - still have the progressive but just dont go through the volume i once did these days with the shotgun ,


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I used a big commercial unit We did notice that it etched aluminum parts after several cycles.

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