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Posted: 2/15/2006 8:16:13 PM EDT
Ive heard that a great way to clean guns is to run them through the dishwasher, especially when trying to remove cosmolene from C&R weapons. Anyone try this? Im thinking of running my SKS (dissasembled, of course) through my dishwasher, but I am concerned that the cosmolene will clog up the dishwasher or be a health hazard. I've gotten most of the cosmolene off, so there is just a minor residue inside the barrell and some of the smaller parts. Anyone have experiences with this (unorthodox) method?

- Graham
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:18:07 PM EDT
I only do that with tupperware.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:18:47 PM EDT
You mean Glocks?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:19:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GrahamD:
You mean Glocks?




No I mean tupperware. I wouldn't do that to guns, even Glocks.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:19:51 PM EDT
Take your sks to the car wash.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:19:55 PM EDT
how about a spray degreaser? Then oil it up?



Dishwasher can be used in certain cases.....are you married?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:20:37 PM EDT
elbow grease
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:22:59 PM EDT
Someone in the SKS forum mentioned it. Heres the link they provided.

"The Dishwasher Method"
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:26:04 PM EDT
When I bought my mosin nagant, which was basically a stick covered in cosmo when I picked it up, was easy to clean. The shop I bought it at gave me a aerosol can of some grease remover. Took all of 15 minutes to have it to dry bare metal and wood. I just did it in the garage over a towel/rag.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:29:28 PM EDT
Oh good lord dont stick it in the dishwasher... If you do ill give you the name of a guy that can refinish it for ya...
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:29:49 PM EDT
Have you ever seen how silverware rusts after an amount of dishwasher runs? NO THANKS... I'll stick to cleaning mine in the toilet.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 8:32:27 PM EDT
So the general consensus is NO? Allright, ill just have to hit up the hardware store tomorrow and get some degreaser. Im just worried about the small parts and getting all of the cosmolene out of the barrel (this is my first C&R weapon and I'm no gunsmith) but I'm just worried about making the weapon completely safe and operational.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:27:09 PM EDT
Simple green.

Make sure you completely strip the bolt (Drive out the pin, laying it across an open set of vice jaws over a towel works good) and get it cleaned out, when you shake the reassembled bolt make sure the firing pin rattles freely.

Number one cause of problems with an SKS is cosmo in the bolt causing slamfire.

Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:31:36 PM EDT
Find a friend with an automotive parts washer. The solvent melts away any type of grease.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:39:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 9:43:19 PM EDT by Cavu]
I honestly don't think it would hurt the sks parts. The dishwasher may not like it. If you are married, I can GUARANTEE you the Mrs. won't like it.

Brake cleaner/carb cleaner/mineral spirits (or Gun Scrubber if you are wealthy) and a pressure washer will do the trick nicely.

ETA: I have friends who clean their BP guns in the dishwasher.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:42:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 9:45:33 PM EDT by Magurgle]
I did it and it worked wonderfully.
the sks turned out really nice


ETA: you will have to sand and finish it. I used tung oil and it turned out great. also the dishwasher was unharmed
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:55:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GrahamD:
Ive heard that a great way to clean guns is to run them through the dishwasher, ..., but I am concerned that the cosmolene... be a health hazard. - Graham



Gee, ya think!?!

Do you serve BBQ out of your oil drain pan too?
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 9:58:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By markl32:

Originally Posted By GrahamD:
Ive heard that a great way to clean guns is to run them through the dishwasher, ..., but I am concerned that the cosmolene... be a health hazard. - Graham



Gee, ya think!?!

Do you serve BBQ out of your oil drain pan too?


If the washer is working right I wouldn't worry about the cosmo. It is a good way to mess up the plumbing though.. Nothing like cold grease down the line.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:01:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cavu:
I honestly don't think it would hurt the sks parts. The dishwasher may not like it. If you are married, I can GUARANTEE you the Mrs. won't like it.

Brake cleaner/carb cleaner/mineral spirits (or Gun Scrubber if you are wealthy) and a pressure washer will do the trick nicely.

ETA: I have friends who clean their BP guns in the dishwasher.



It's all about the steam Some people act like metal will crumble at the mere sight of moisture.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:12:33 PM EDT
Yeah, I know. I personally boil a pot of water and pour down the bores of my guns after shooting BP. Nothing works as good as just plain hot water.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:39:45 PM EDT
Paging DrFrige... Paging DrFrige!!! I have cosmoline all gooped up in my dishwasher pump ... How do I fix it?

I swear if I EVER get an IM like that... Im kicking ass and putting names on lists!!!!
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 10:59:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 11:00:33 PM EDT by PaDanby]
metal parts of black powder guns after a long day, maybe. but not if I figured Ma Danby would catch me.

But not to strip cosmolene, or any other petrochemical. I appreciate having my balls attached and not in a jar at her workplace.

Cosmolene is way to gunky, and any other gun lube stuff would smell things up.

I got in enough trouble when I got caught using the kitchen sink to give my garand a good scrubbing down with soap and hot water.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:00:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DrFrige:
Paging DrFrige... Paging DrFrige!!! I have cosmoline all gooped up in my dishwasher pump ... How do I fix it?

I swear if I EVER get an IM like that... Im kicking ass and putting names on lists!!!!



Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:01:03 PM EDT
Only Glocks.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:14:04 PM EDT
I tried it once with a stainless Ruger security six. It worked well
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:19:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DrFrige:
Paging DrFrige... Paging DrFrige!!! I have cosmoline all gooped up in my dishwasher pump ... How do I fix it?

I swear if I EVER get an IM like that... Im kicking ass and putting names on lists!!!!





IM sent.....HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:29:25 PM EDT
I dont think I would eat off plates after parts went though the machine. Plenty of bad stuff in gunpowder.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:34:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 11:35:23 PM EDT by hughjafj]
I usually take my metal parts and cook them in the oven at around 150 for a little while and then spray them down with brake cleaner while still hot. That usually yields very clean and dry parts after air drying.

I do the same with the stock until the cosmo stops seeping out. Then I use mineral spirits or acetone of it's a really dirty stock. If it's real bad, I'll use simple green or purple power or even oven cleaner.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 11:44:39 PM EDT
Just use a can of brake cleaner or Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber.
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