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Old November 9th, 2011, 10:24 PM   #1
 
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Ultrasonic cleaner useage

Any one use one of these to clean their handgun? Seems too easy to just drop in a cylinder or whole frame with barrel and have them come out clean.
I would buy one if it did the job. I already have a tumbler so can't justify with the admiral buying one for just case cleaning.



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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:54 AM   #2
 
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I haven't used mine to clean a gun, but would also like to hear if anybody had any experience doing it.

On few ocassions I cleaned my guns by soaking then in mineral spirits, so doing this in an ultrasonic cleaner seems like a logical next step.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:33 AM   #3
 
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When I took some inherited shotguns to a gunsmith for a once over, they charged about $50 for an "ultrasonic bath" with extra cleaning, inspection, lubing and test firing. It worked well in this case, but I am sure it was an industrial sized unit. It got rid of decades of rust that had built up storing them in my grandparents' closet without any lubrication.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 04:44 AM   #4
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Ultrasonics are used to clean a variety of mechanical devices. No reason a gun should be any different.

It will get into places you don't get into, probably even with a complete strip.

Just make sure you lubricate thoroughly afterward because all the grease, oil, etc will be gone.
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I had the perfect solution, for the buying of a ultrasonic cleaner. I purchased a second one for my wife to clean her jewelery. My guns get cleaner with less work and my wife likes her shiny jewelery.
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Mine fits my DVD's, glasses, jewelry etc. I'm not sure about my handgus. Just never thought about it. I'll have to check. Thx for the thought.
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Ed's Red
As a general bore cleaner, plastic wad remover, and carbon solvent the following formula, a creation of C.E Harris, and dubbed "Ed's Red" works quite well. In fact many folks claim it is better than anything they've tried. The original formula is:

1 part Dexron II, IIe or III Automatic Transmission Fluid - GM Spec D20265 or later
1 part K1 Kerosene
1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits federal spec TT-T-2981F (CAS# 64741-49-9) or Stodard Solvent/Varsol
(CAS#8052-41-1)
1 part Acetone (CAS#67-64-1)
I use on my wheel guns ( think Acetone might be to harsh on Plastic frames)
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This thread brought to mind this video I found while researching cosmoline removal:

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Quote:
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Ed's Red
As a general bore cleaner, plastic wad remover, and carbon solvent the following formula, a creation of C.E Harris, and dubbed "Ed's Red" works quite well. In fact many folks claim it is better than anything they've tried. The original formula is:

1 part Dexron II, IIe or III Automatic Transmission Fluid - GM Spec D20265 or later
1 part K1 Kerosene
1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits federal spec TT-T-2981F (CAS# 64741-49-9) or Stodard Solvent/Varsol
(CAS#8052-41-1)
1 part Acetone (CAS#67-64-1)
I use on my wheel guns ( think Acetone might be to harsh on Plastic frames)
do you ever put the lanolin in it?
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UT clean revolver.

I used a UT cleaning method posted by "gunamonth" UltraSonic Case Cleaning. I used his "clean and shiny" option using Birchwood Casey cleaner in one of the steps. After reading your post I tried the method on my
Blackhawk convertible (just he clyinders) . It worked great.
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I should have mentioned, I used it on my cartridge cases and the result is great.
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What are the prices?

I was searching a couple years ago for ultrasonic cleaners, the ones for cleaning jewelry were relatively inexpensive, but one large enough like the one above was quite expensive ($10,000)...Does anyone in the forum own one that big, or know someone who does
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