Cleaning a .22 can

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  1. mrasgt

    mrasgt Time to Go....

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    Good morning folks.

    I have an older suppressor that is sealed, it cant', to my knowledge, be taken apart

    to clean.

    Does anyone have any ideas on what to use and how to use it to clean a sealed can?

    Thanks in advance for any ideas.

    Mark
     
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    What is it made of?

    Some models have been jailbroken over the years, but I'm not sure if anyone still offers the service.
     

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    I have an older tactical solutions cascade-ti suppressor. It is also sealed. I did some research online, and one of the sites had this:

    TacSol answer:

    "Plug the end, fill the suppressor with carbon dissolving solvent,
    leave it for 15 min, then drain it out and blow it out with compressed
    air."
     
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    This is the solution that I use to clean compensators. It works real well on the ones that I have on my 22 pistols which get packed with lead along with carbon.
    Equal parts of white vinegar and Peroxide. I put it into a bowl and then fill my ultrasonic cleaner with water and then put the bowl into the ultrasonic and let it run for 30 minutes.
     
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    Keep in mind that this can damage some suppressors depending what they are made of and also results in a relatively nasty lead solution that you need to dispose of properly.
     
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    Absolutely this. It produces lead acetate and it can be absorbed through your skin, so wear gloves. You also can't put this down your drain, you need to properly dispose of it at a chemical drop off.

    Try other methods before resorting to this method, which is called "the dip".
     
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    Put the used mixture with the rest of the lead, in the backstop.
     
  8. mrasgt

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    Ok, it seems I should plug one end and fill it with solvent.

    Can someone suggest the solvent? Are we talking about Hopps #9, CLP, Frog Lube solvent?
     
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    Bear in mind you may not have to clean the suppressor at all.
    Does it work at present and does it suppress the report adequately with the correct ammo?
    If that is the case, all you have to worry about is keeping the threads clean so you can use the can on different length muzzle threads without struggling to screw it on.
    How do I know this?
    Because I am currently testing an A-TEC all aluminium suppressor to destruction. It has had 33500 rounds through it without cleaning. I don't even spray anything into the can or tap out any residues.
    Still works fine! I have seen no ill effects on accuracy either, and that's on four different rifles.
    There is one disadvantage: the can has picked up 110g in weight, and it was 130g when new, so it will be double its weight soon.
    But that's after 2 years of shooting and 33k rounds.
     
  10. mrasgt

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    Thanks for your input, I haven't put over 300 rounds through the can.