Hey all.

I got a good friend that called me the other day and wanted to know about cleaning really dirty Firearms. He specifically asked me about these “bucket” type dunking or immersion cleaners and ultrasonic cleaners. I told him I had no idea, but promised I’d find out from those that know. So here I am.

He shoots a LOT of .22 LR semi autos pistols and 10/22 rifles. He and his son also shoots a Judge pistol using .410 shells almost all the time. He also shoots shotguns and semi auto rifles too.

He asked if he had a really cruddy and caked on .22 pistol if one of the bucket cleaners where you let it soak without taking it apart or an ultrasonic cleaner would clean it better than Hoppe’s and a brush and rag. He has been told that both of these types of cleaners will allow him to just drop the pistol or receiver in, let it soak for a bit, take it out and dry it off and you’re good to go.

Can you all tell me if these cleaners work and if they do, do they work well, as in being as good as by hand?
Next, are either type worth the money? Would you own one?
Any other info you have about these cleaning methods that I can pass on to him would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your time and help.