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Im looking for opinions here... I'm thinking about getting an ultrasonic cleaner for cleaning my brass, and also for cleaning pistol frames, bolts, carriers etc...

I already have a media tumbler, and it does an ok job for my brass. Then about 6 months ago, I bought the stainless steel pins and was planning on getting a rotary tumbler for them, but haven't got one yet...

Now I'm thinking about selling the SS pins and just getting an US cleaner instead since I don't even have the rotary tumbler yet, that way I can use it for cleaning parts too since I'll be doing more gun smithing now.

My question is:

I know that the USC solution is good for only so many washes. Do I need to dump out the solution after every time I clean, or can I get a couple washes for brass, or gun parts, from each "batch" of solution?

And when I do dump it out, how do I dispose of it?

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There are 2 cleaning solutions, 1 for brass amd 1 for other stuff. Do not use the brass cleaner on non-brass stuff. You can use the brass solution till is does not work very well. I have cleaned 5,000 9mm cases on one solution mix with out any problem. I would have used it more, but ran out of dirty brass and did not want the solution sitting in the machine. Use distilled water, it makes a difference, at least it does for me. I have a septic system, and I just dumped it down the sink. Not sure what else to do with it or if there is a reason to think it is a hazard.

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For gun parts, after I pull the parts out, I let the solution stand as long as possible. Preferably overnight, if not, then at least a few hours This lets the crud settle to he bottom.

I then put a funnel with a piece of a paper towel as a filter in my container. I slowly scoop out solution with a cup and pour into the funnel. When I get down to the las 1/4-3/8 inch of standing solutiton with a lot of crud on the bottom, I pour it in the cracks of my driveway to kill the weeds.

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Kill the weeds!! Awesome idea!

For gun parts, after I pull the parts out, I let the solution stand as long as possible. Preferably overnight, if not, then at least a few hours This lets the crud settle to he bottom.

I then put a funnel with a piece of a paper towel as a filter in my container. I slowly scoop out solution with a cup and pour into the funnel. When I get down to the las 1/4-3/8 inch of standing solutiton with a lot of crud on the bottom, I pour it in the cracks of my driveway to kill the weeds.

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  • 4 months later...

Does anyone think the Ultrasonic process could in any way affect gun parts? (negatively obviously)

Don't know why i'm worried about it, but thought I would ask. There are always nooks and crannies of gun pieces that I should probably put more effort into cleaning, but if the US wouldn't damage it, I may just jump on the bandwagon.

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I have used Ultra Sonic for the past four years. I have never had any issue with any gun parts. Even polymer is safe. M-Pro 7 is the cleaner I am currently using. Now I know you would never put wood grips or stag or ivory in a cleaner. So don't

You will be good to go.

:eatdrink:

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