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i wash my guns in the kitchen sink or bathtub.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by cajun47, Nov 16, 2006.

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  1. cajun47

    cajun47 member

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    is that a bad idea?

    i'll take down my ruger 9mm and .45acp and let the parts soak in extremely hot soapy water for a couple minutes then scrub them down, rinse with hot water, wipe off as much water as i can with a towel and let them sit in front a fan. they dry very quickly. then i put a very light coat of rustyduck gun oil on the parts. i been doing this with my 9mm since the early 90s and have shot over 50,000 rounds. it works like brand new. i've done the same thing with my remington 870 shotgun but in the bathtub.

    the only down side to this is if water stays in the firing pin area but i dry fire them right after. should i do this with my ak47?
     
  2. Owen

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    nothing wrong with it per se, but the lady of the house may have an issue with it!
     
  3. fineredmist

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    One of my shooting buddies would clean his Rugar stainless BP revolvers in the dish washer. He removed the grips and in they went. The guns were very clean but his ex wife wasn't really overjoyed with the idea.
     
  4. 1911WB

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    Washing guns in sink, bathtub or dishwasher

    That is just wrooong! :)
     
  5. WESTTX357

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    Maybe thats the reason she is an EX:D
     
  6. CZguy

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    Why stop with a bathtub?

    What about just dropping the whole pistol in an ultrasonic cleaner. :D
     
  7. Azrael256

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    Yeah, that was my thought, too. I read this thread and the first thing that popped into my head was "you're single, aren't you..." Ahh, blessed bachelorhood.
     
  8. bakert

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    Hmmm, To each his own and if it works for you I say fine. But in my case, my wife would probably ---- a brick and promptly tell a few of my my shooting buddies and there's no way I would want any of my gun owning friends to see or find out I was washing my guns in the sink or tub. I would be the laughing stock of those crusty old shooters I know and hang around with.:D
     
  9. noresttill

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    throw them in the toilet with some Ajax and flush it a few times. Dont do it with a kel tec though, you might loose it.

    Jesse
     
  10. Clark

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    I have had 100 different surplus rifles in the shower with me to get off the storage grease.

    As they say, "Giving your baby a bath is an important part of bonding."
     
  11. mutt

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    Hey folks,

    I reckon I'm blessed . My lovely young wife is usually beside me , helpin to wash said fire arms...........MUTT :D
     
  12. Chris Rhines

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    I frequently wash guns or gun parts in the shop sink, with hot water and Simple Green or generic detergent. Works well.

    - Chris
     
  13. Buzztail

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    I have used the dishwasher method for fifteen years without a hitch- and the one I'm hitched to does not mind as long as I load some dishes in with 'em.
    You want to push your luck? try baking paint in the oven
     
  14. GreyMauser

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    Only time I ever used a bathtub was when a double gun got dunked with me in a salt water marsh.
     
  15. Firehand

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    I've gotta ask, unless you're using corrosive-primed ammo, why?
     
  16. GRIZ22

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    Soap and water do nothing as far as removing leading and copper fouling.
     
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    I've got to admit, I look forward to answers for this question.
     
  18. Buzztail

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    aside from the lead, and copper, the dishwasher will remove the powder residue. Some of my guns don't need the bore cleaned every trip out. They do get plenty of powder residue on 'em.
    A 22 handgun is a prime example, they really do not foul the bore quickly but they do get pretty dirty. Hot, soapy water is great for that.
     
  19. Red Label

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    Here is something else to think about. You might want to consider a washtub and dumping the remnants outside when you are done. Gun oils and petroleum products of any type will wreak havoc on your septic system! I speak from experience. Not because I wash my guns in the sink but because someone in my house, who shall remain nameless, had a habit of washing out paint brushes in said sink. I had a $3500 septic repair:cuss: :cuss: :banghead: :fire:
     
  20. Whirlwind06

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    My Dad used to use hot soapy on his black powder firearms.
    I could see doing this to my XD. There are so many places that I can't get to. Without detail stripping it. But in my mind water and firearms don't mix! I would rather spend an hour with q-tips getting it clean.
     
  21. Limeyfellow

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    This is why I have my own work shower in the basement with multiple heads and a large metal bowl I can put into use. That way my wife doesn't beat the snot out of me. Still I would be in an even worse state if I used her dishwasher for cosmoline removal.
     
  22. CornCod

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    I hear the soap and water treatment is good at removing the evil remains of corrosive ammo.
     
  23. dragongoddess

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    Well my AK goes through the windex, hot soapy water with a distilled water rinse and the final regular gun cleaning process to include linseed oil on the wood after each trip to the range. Darn thing looks brand new after each treatment.

    Now if the water bothers you you can always use some canned air to blow out any remaining water before moving on to a regular cleaning.

    Now your partner may not mind if you clean your weapons up in the kitchen sink or bathroom as long as you return the area back to the "clean and uncluttered space" that it was before you started. Its called keeping the piece in the house.
     
  24. Joe Demko

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    Before running any guns through the dishwasher, you might want to look at the ingredients in dishwasher detergents and spot-free drying agents. These things are formulated to remove food residues from dishes. One of the ingredients commonly found in the detergents is silica. It is there to add a sandblasting effect to the water spray. Great if you're removing dried-on chili from a bowl. I'm not sure, though, it is something I want balsted into every nook and cranny on my guns. YMMV.
     
  25. Walkalong

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    Slip 2000 plug

    Ever try Slip 2000 gun cleaner? It is water based and it works great! Never occured to me to wash em in the sink and I thought I would try anything.:what:
     
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