I wasn't sure if I should post this here as my questions isn't really limited to AR's, but most gun's in general, so if it have to be moved, no problem.
My question is if anyone uses ultrasonic vibrating cleaner, and whether there were any reason's not to. I ask because I have access to one at my work and tried stripping the bcg down and putting it in there with the simple green mix that's normally in there. Within 2 minutes it was sparkling clean. I have never seen carbon fall off of the bolt so easily, or the carrier's finish and how it literally sparkled in the sun.
I'm not planning on using it to clean everything every single time I clean it, as I typically just wipe everything heavy off, throw some oil back on and re-assemble. But, maybe every few thousand rounds or so a good thorough clean? I have also heard on one of the 1911 forums of guys having 2 cleaners. One they'll drop the whole gun into it to clean it, then rinse it in water and blow it off. Then drop it into the second with the lube of their choice, and blow all the extra oil off. It seems to be really handy if you shoot lots of guns as you wouldn't have to strip them down to clean them.
Obviously no stocks or anything other than metal parts.
Thanks for the input!
Ultrasonics work nice, but you have to be careful about what cleaner you use.
Simply Green attacks aluminum and does so faster in an ultrasonic tank.
Some other cleaning solutions can damage gun finishes.
A method that's about as fast and often less trouble is to soak your bolt and bolt carrier in Slip 2000 Carbon Killer for 15 minutes. This removes the carbon by simply soaking in the jar.
There's no reason for running guns in a tank of lubricant. First, most lubes are too thick for the ultrasonics to propagate through and second, most lube will spread into all spaces if you just give them a spray.
Some cleaning solutions like Cylinder & Slide Shops "Dunk-It" is a bucket of cleaner mixed with a lube.
You can soak the gun in the bucket or pour it in an ultrasonic cleaner.
This cleans the gun and deposits a coat of a lube on everything.
It's expensive, but a bucket lasts a LONG time.
I still recommend using a dedicated lubricant on some parts, like slide rails.