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Post by Allen Barnett 1/30/2021, 8:47 pm

I know this may open a can of worms as there are many methods people use for cleaning their pistols so I am going to just throw this out and see what the opinions are.  Will using a sonic cleaner harm a Hammerli in any way?  I know the trigger is plastic so your solvent or cleaning solution has to be plastic friendly.  Will Hoppe's No 9 harm any plastic parts?  If so what do you recommend?  Any special points to lube?  And what lube or type should you use?

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Post by jglenn21 2/1/2021, 6:36 am

I haven't used a ultrasonic cleaner on my trailside but cleaning generally is limited to the chamber,  feedramp and slide.(especially the breech area. Just look at the wear matkw in youemr slide and lube those areas. I use a light weight grease.  lubriplate NLGI 1 weight. I also clean the sear area and lube with a moly grease.  That is simply what i do after every match or long practice
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Post by Allen Barnett 2/1/2021, 2:38 pm

Mr Glenn I knew I could count on you for advice if my post didn't get buried before you saw it.  As a long time Hammerli guy I know you are well versed on them.  Thanks for your advice.  I am going to have to do a deep clean as I have let it get way past needing just some light cleaning.  I am going to try one of my older Trailsides in the sonic cleaner and see what happens.  If all goes well I will change my cleaning routine and do it more often.  It is such a hassle to get to the rails as I have to take my scope mount off to get the slide off.  If the pistols were all metal like a 1911 I would not worry but since some parts are plastic I am a little concerned about the effects cleaners might have on the plastic parts.

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Post by jglenn21 2/1/2021, 3:59 pm

Grab some dawn soap and water.. gets grease off everything and never harmed anything that i used it on
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Post by rreid 2/4/2021, 7:42 pm

Here you go 

http://www.bullseyepistol.com/22care.htm
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Post by Allen Barnett 2/4/2021, 8:10 pm

RReid thank you for posting this.  I knew I had seen this information before, but could not remember where.

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Post by DrewBone 2/6/2021, 12:15 pm

jglenn21 wrote:Grab some dawn soap and water.. gets grease off everything and never harmed anything that i used it on
It might seem odd to some, but ^^^ I second this ^^^.

Back in the day after returning home from running extremely hot and corrosive Egyptian MG ammo through my full size UZI, I'd diassemble it and throw the whole kitten-kaboodle in a dishpan in my kitchen sink that was filled with Dawn dishwashing detergent and HOT water. Not like there's anything to hurt inside an UZI, but since animal rescue personnel use Dawn dishwashing detergent to safely clean off waterfowl that's been covered and soaked in crude oil, I can't see it being able to harm anything found in a handgun, though it might be a good idea to remove wooden grips before doing so to avoid staining.

I still use Dawn, hot water, and a toothbrush as part of my cleaning regimen whenever I receive a new or used handgun or after a heavy shooting session; if it's a complete handgun frame, slide, or blued parts I use compressed air to remove the rinse water, else I let the parts drip dry on paper towels Smile

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