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baffle-strikes and suppressor health in general

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Another_Kelley, Jun 29, 2011.

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  1. Another_Kelley

    Another_Kelley Member

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    Originally I was just going to start a thread inquiring about folks with first hand knowledge and experiencing using Aguila SSS sub-sonic ammo suppressed and the rifles/pistols they've used it in successfully. What I'm trying to prevent is perhaps not an issue at all, but after looking at that big 60 grainer and imagining what it would do to a 2.9 oz all aluminum can if it got a little squirly right out of the muzzle, I have to ask...

    Also, I was hoping to get some 'cleaning/maintenance talk' going with regards to suppressors that are NOT designed to come-apart, be-it a .22lr can, or a .30-cal + unit...How do you get yours clean?
     
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    I've got a sealed aluminum can. It doesn't really get cleaned and I've never noticed that it's gotten any louder. The Aguila stuff works OK, but I've found that Wolf Match Target stays subsonic in my pistols AND rifles so that's what I use most of the time.
     
  4. rjrivero

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    If the bullet doesn't keyhole on paper without the can, chances of it striking a baffle are pretty damn slim.

    Sealed cans will get louder in the .22 Variety. There really is no way to service a sealed can, barring sending it back for a re-firb. Will save you the transfer tax, but can be as costly as new can after a couple round trips.

    Best bet is to get a take down can that can be cleaned every few thousand rounds when it starts getting a bit louder.

    Some folks will soak them or clean them out with wd-40, ed's red, kerosene, or what have you, but you'll really NEVER get all the vaporized lead out without chemical soaking peroxide, or some other chemical that will dissolve lead, (not good for aluminum) or blasting/scrubbing the baffles.
     
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    As you note later in the post, this is only somewhat true for sealed aluminum suppressors. Even then, I believe you could use a limited application of an ultrasonic cleaner.

    Sealed steel and titanium .22LR suppressor can be cleaned very effectively by the user.
     
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    Excellent point Zak. I was indeed thinking of the aluminum sealed cans.
     
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