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Old 05-09-2019, 05:40 PM
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Finally got my Rugged "Occulus" .22 suppressor out of jail last week after 11 month wait. I ran a variety of ammo thru it including : CCI quiet at 760 FPS ( wouldn't cycle) CCI subsonic which worked well, Federal Match grade and some Winchester wild cat.

All total about 100 rounds. Took it apart the next day and OMG was that thing filthy! I tried cleaning with brake cleaner and that got some of the gunk off but was still dirty. Finally got some Purple Power (recommended by manufacturer) and mixed it 50/50 with water and let the baffles soak for 16 hours. Most pieces were pretty clean but had to use a wire brush on a few others.
Local gun dealer said to rub a good grease on all the baffles, just a thin coating. Claims a LOT easier to clean. He still said 100 rounds was about max with common 22 because it's so dirty.

Just curious what method you guys use to clean your .22 cans? I did purchase a cheap, $30 ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Gonna try that with the purple power to see how i works
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https://ruggedsuppressors.com/product/oculus-22/
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Shooting .22 suppressed is fun, but cleaning .22 suppressors sux.

The mono-core units are worse than baffles

Since it is SS, I would try the ultrasonic

CCI is making a subsonic "clean" round that is worth trying https://www.cci-ammunition.com/produ...5&loadNo=934CC

I just "seasoned" a new can with Frog Lube in hopes it cleans up easier
Old 05-09-2019, 07:21 PM
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Look at the "dip" for stainless baffles.
http://www.silencertalk.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=64135
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Mine are titanium and fully welded. I was told to just soak them in vinegar.
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Just in case anyone else is waiting for their approval and wondering about wait times. I just got my can out of jail as well, 352 days, individual form 4, Efile.
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Just toss it in the vibratory shaker at work, with 140 solvent. Mine is a silencerco sparrow.
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lol....if you clean your suppressor every 100rds, you are going to hate having one.

Plenty of cleaning info on AR15.com -> Armory -> silencers
recent point by a guy who used carbeurator cleaner
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Try Hoppes foaming bore cleaner. Best thing in the world for lead, copper and powder fouling.
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I put my baffles in a wet tumbler with ss pins. Cleans them in about 30 minutes. To help reduce lead build up heat the baffles up in an oven to about 200-225 degrees then drop them in a jar of silicone brake fluid and let them soak for a few minutes. With this you can go several hundred rounds and have less lead build up then 100 rounds uncoated.
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Just got mine out of jail about two months ago. 8 month wait on a form 4. Ruger silent SR on an SR-22 host. I'm going to try the dip this weekend (50/50 vinegar and hydrogen peroxide) and then the brake fluid.
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Originally Posted by debugger View Post
Just got mine out of jail about two months ago. 8 month wait on a form 4. Ruger silent SR on an SR-22 host. I'm going to try the dip this weekend (50/50 vinegar and hydrogen peroxide) and then the brake fluid.
Biggest problem with the "dip" is , it creates a pretty hazardous substance which should be disposed of legally.

I bought some CCI polymer coated bullets and will give those a try until I can get my LGS to order in some CCI "clean" subsonic polymer coated ammo.
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I use Seafoam on all my guns. Cleans better then Hoppes #9.
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Originally Posted by streeter69 View Post
I use Seafoam on all my guns. Cleans better then Hoppes #9.
​​​​​​ Interesting! Thanks for the tip
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I need to clean my 5.56 suppressor?
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
I need to clean my 5.56 suppressor?
No, rifle cans don't need to be cleaned. Many don't even disassemble

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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Biggest problem with the "dip" is , it creates a pretty hazardous substance which should be disposed of legally.

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The dip will **** you up if you are careless with it. It is the best way to get lead into your blood.

Treat it like it will give you AIDS if it touches your skin and dispose of when your county has a hazmat day.

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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
I need to clean my 5.56 suppressor?
Well....yeah .... at some point anyways, My .22 suppressor is rated for 5.7 x 28 as well. My LGS says I can probably go 500 rounds with it. Now I gotta think about spending another 400 for a threaded barrel and thread adapter :-(
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I wanted to add as there are a lot of coatings out there. My guns are either stainless or blued an have no problem on mine. I think it should be ok with ceramic or other coatings. To me carbon is carbon an seafoam works for me. I have not heard of anyone using it on all these new coatings.
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Originally Posted by brcarls View Post
The dip will **** you up if you are careless with it. It is the best way to get lead into your blood.

Treat it like it will give you AIDS if it touches your skin and dispose of when your county has a hazmat day.
I was thinking of pouring it on used cat litter and tossing it. Is it really that much worse than patches soaked with hoppes #9 and lead, or flushing a dirty gun out with seafoam? It's not like I'm running a business cleaning supressors.
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The Dip is the easiest, but most hazardous method. Soda blasting works pretty well, but you should wear a respirator. Ultrasonic cleaner won't get the lead off in a century, and is a no-go for Al, and Ti. Rubbing crap on the baffles doesn't do anything, but make a gooey mess. Buy a good pushing tool, and clean it every brick. All my .22lr cans get quieter as they get dirtier. Soak the baffles in Hoppe's #9, and invest in a good pick set, rubber gloves, and get to scraping. There is no need to get one out of the box clean. Knock the big chunks out/off, and put it back together.

If you want to clean a sealed centerfire can, soak it in Kroil, then blow it out. A few mag dumps is a much more fun way to do it though.

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