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When to clean a .22 suppressor?

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February 08, 2021, 06:33 PM
mike56
When to clean a .22 suppressor?
I have 2, AAC Pilot2 and Dead Air Mask.
Who counts .22 rounds?
How do I know if it Needs cleaning or should I just do it on time?
February 08, 2021, 06:54 PM
George from Alaska
I clean every 500-1,000 depending if I use ablatives or not...they will make more of a mess and possibly reduce efficiency so i clean more often if i use RemOil or spray lithium foamy grease.
Also, cleaning makes disassembly easier for the next time if you shoot a lot. I have a pallet of .22s so I'm shooting a lot of that lately and hoarding my 5.56, 9mm, .45, etc.
When reassembling the suppressory you mentioned, I like to use a thin coat of Seal 1 grease or Frog grease. It seems to me, and in the literature, to reduce the amount of debris that accumulates on baffles and end caps.
February 08, 2021, 07:25 PM
dking271
I’m probably about the same with 500-1000 between cleanings. I clean mine using a soda blaster which makes easy work of clearing the crud. The baffles come out looking brand new. I usually wait until I have more than one ready to clean to make use of the time involved setting up the blaster.


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February 09, 2021, 05:07 AM
RichardC
Soda blasting was first used in the early 1980s in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. Traditional sand blasting was not viable for several reasons. The interior of the Statue is coated with multiple coats of paint and coal tar, while the exterior is plates of relatively thin copper plates. The interior passageways of the Statue of Liberty are rather narrow, which means ventilation of the dust caused by abrasive blasting would have been problematic.

The solution was to use sodium bicarbonate as an abrasive media. This prevented damage to the thin copper veneer.
Since then, soda blasting has been used for a variety of applications by media blasting companies who converted from traditional abrasive blasting to soda blasting.

https://www.raptorblaster.com/soda-blasting/


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February 09, 2021, 08:50 AM
sunburn
This technique of rimfire suppressor cleaning was written by a shooter before he became head of Anschutz

https://web.archive.org/web/20...lencer-cleaning.html North America


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February 09, 2021, 11:48 AM
SIGfourme
I tend to follow that archived suppressor cleaning recommendations.
My deviations: I place a strainer over my silicon oil container and remove the excess oil back into my container.
I coat the 1st baffle with antiseize (automotive) to ensure easier cleaning.
Antiseize is applied to all threads, contact surfaces --tube within a tube of the Axoim.
February 09, 2021, 01:52 PM
George from Alaska
I like antiseize too but found that copper high temp can cause some gaskets to swell and/or break so switched to nickle. It's high temp also and won't attack gaskets.


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February 09, 2021, 05:36 PM
imfrogman
I just use the dip, cleans like brand new overnight. Then i take the liquid to local haz mat center.


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February 09, 2021, 08:48 PM
mike56
So the dip just dissolves everything, no brushing or scraping?
February 09, 2021, 09:00 PM
imfrogman
Yes, none what so ever. I usually soak over night, then soak in soapy hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse, lube and put back together.


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February 10, 2021, 05:20 AM
SigM4
quote:
Originally posted by mike56:
So the dip just dissolves everything, no brushing or scraping?


Yes, but you end up with lead acetate and have to handle the solution very carefully. It requires proper hazmat disposal, usually through your local municipality waste disposal program. Really educate yourself before you go this route.

The upside is you have a very clean suppressor.



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February 10, 2021, 08:33 AM
MG34_Dan
quote:
Originally posted by imfrogman:
Yes, none what so ever. I usually soak over night, then soak in soapy hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse, lube and put back together.


So what exactly is the formula of your dip?


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February 10, 2021, 08:56 AM
SigM4
"The Dip" is a mix of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and distilled white vinegar.



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February 10, 2021, 09:14 AM
imfrogman
Just Google silencers and the dip and you will find everything you need

quote:
Originally posted by MG34_Dan:
quote:
Originally posted by imfrogman:
Yes, none what so ever. I usually soak over night, then soak in soapy hot water for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse, lube and put back together.


So what exactly is the formula of your dip?



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February 10, 2021, 01:13 PM
rackrack
Has anyone tried Mil-Comm Suppressor X Cleaning Solvent?

https://mil-comm.com/product/s...eaner-7-ounce-spray/
February 10, 2021, 01:28 PM
mike56
All it says is dissolves carbon. Hoppes does that.The big problem, at least with 22 cans, is the lead.

But I now wonder what the military guys use on theirs?

I am giving the dip a try. Mixed it up this morning and the parts seem to fizzing away in there. Will leave it overnight.
February 10, 2021, 02:51 PM
SigM4
quote:
Originally posted by mike56:

But I now wonder what the military guys use on theirs?



I'm going to guess they don't clean them, no real reason to on a centerfire rifle can. As you note it's the vaporized lead from rimfire rounds that causes the issues with rimfire cans. Not many of those being run in military units.



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February 10, 2021, 08:02 PM
josp
About 1k then a Sonic cleaner with MP7 Pro fluid in it. Requires a little scrubbing, but it’s not hard. Coffee filter to strain the crap,out of the fluid and you can re use it. No haz mat issues.
Have to relube. I like Seal CLP, but that’s just me. Makes clean up fairly easy next 1k rounds
February 10, 2021, 08:48 PM
mike56
Are one of those sonic cleaners from Harbor Freight viable?
Doesn't it need to be water based?
February 11, 2021, 08:12 AM
imfrogman
quote:
Originally posted by mike56:
All it says is dissolves carbon. Hoppes does that.The big problem, at least with 22 cans, is the lead.

But I now wonder what the military guys use on theirs?

I am giving the dip a try. Mixed it up this morning and the parts seem to fizzing away in there. Will leave it overnight.


How did the dip work out?


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