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Ultrasonic Cleaning/Lubricating Kits for Hunting Rifles and Shotguns

Cleaning hunting rifles and shotguns is a time-honored ritual after a day in the field and forest. Or for that matter after a day of aiming at targets and clay pigeons at shooting ranges. Considering the cost of rifles and shotguns it makes good sense to keep them in top shape by thoroughly cleaning them at the end of the day using an ultrasonic cleaning/lubricating kit.

Ultrasonic cleaning and lubricating kits for rifles, shotguns and similar firearms complete the task in minutes through a process widely accepted by law enforcement agencies and the military. That’s because ultrasonic cavitation is not only faster than manually cleaning firearms, it is far more thorough in reaching and removing powder residues, old lubricants, lead and copper shavings, dust, fingerprints and other contaminants from all weapon surfaces. This includes surfaces virtually impossible to reach with solvent rags and brushes. The following ultrasonic lubricating step removes cleaning solution residues and leaves a fine film to provide enhanced corrosion protection and reduce friction.

Selecting an Ultrasonic Gun Cleaning and Lubricating Kit

Shooting clubs and hunting clubs looking to invest in an ultrasonic gun cleaning and lubricating kit have a variety of systems from which to choose. Some kits are designed with two tanks allowing cleaning and lubricating steps to be done at the same time; single tank units are equipped with a lubricating pan that is set into the cleaning solution tank. Some clean more than one rifle or shotgun at a time. Those decisions, along with the length of the weapons being cleaned and budgets help in selecting a particular system.

An example of a single tank cleaning and lubricating system available from iUltrasonic is the LE-36 that cleans 4 long guns to 36 inches or 10 handguns. The LE-36 is constructed to permit lubricating cleaned guns while other guns are being cleaned. The package includes the heated ultrasonic cleaning tank with a cover and drain hose, a separate lubricating pan, the cavitation-producing ultrasonic generator, a timer, and adjustable cleaning and lubricating racks. Also included is a needle point oil dispenser and 1 oz. firearm oil for use in the field, 4 gallons of non-ammoniated ultrasonic weapon cleaning concentrate that make 44 gallons of cleaning solution, and 8 gallons of weapon lubricating solution used full strength. Replacement supplies of cleaning and lubricating solutions are also available from iUltrasonic.

A Typical Gun Cleaning Process

Cleaning solution and lubricating solution capacities vary depending on the equipment selected. In each case follow instructions in user manuals to prepare the recommended volume of cleaning solution. At the same time add the recommended amount of lubricant to the lubricating pan.

Using the LE-36 as an example, prepare the cleaning solution following the instruction manual to achieve an 10:1 dilution. Add the recommended amount of lubricant to the lubricating pan.

Both solutions should be degassed by operating the ultrasonic gun cleaner for 10-15 minutes without weapons in the tanks. This drives off trapped air that inhibits cavitation cleaning and lubricating action. In the case of the LE-36 this is accomplished simultaneously by placing the lubricating pan in the cleaning tank so that its bottom is immersed approximately 1 inch in the cleaning solution. Ultrasonic cavitation passes from the cleaning solution through the bottom of the lubricating pan to degas the lubricant.

While this is happening disassemble weapons according to manufacturers’ instructions and set aside grips and stocks. It’s a good idea to brush or wipe away gross contaminants to help prolong the life of the cleaning solution.

Activate the ultrasonic cleaner, position parts in the cleaning rack, immerse them in the cleaning solution and cover the tank. Set the timer for 10 minutes; actual cleaning time depends on the number and condition of parts.

At the end of the cleaning cycle remove the rack and inspect the parts. If satisfied rinse them in warm water and allow them to dry. They are now ready for ultrasonic lubrication. Position them in the lubricating pan rack and immerse them in the lubricant. Allow approximately 10 minutes for ultrasonic lubrication to remove all traces of water, then remove the rack and allow parts to drain into the pan. Air drying leaves a fine lubricant film evenly distributed over all surfaces. They can then be oiled according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you are cleaning a number of weapons place the next batch in the cleaning rack and immerse them in the cleaning solution before starting the lubricating cycle for the previous batch, thereby cleaning and lubricating at the same time.

Tip: Prolong cleaning solution life by skimming off and setting aside oils and other contaminants that float to the surface. When cleaning efficiency drops off replace the solution by draining the tank. Follow local regulations on disposing spent solutions and the skimmed residues. Follow manufacturers’ instructions on cleaning the tank before preparing a new batch of cleaning solution.

Eventually the lubricating solution needs replacing. Dispose of it according to local regulations.

As noted cleaning and lubricating procedures may vary depending on the equipment you select. For additional information on the options available please contact the iUltrasonic gun cleaning experts at 973-440-2191.

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