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#3166164 - 10/08/18 07:38 PM Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours?
wherdog Offline
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I have a Varminter 3.0 from Dakota Silencer made by Mack Bros. and it is titanium. Just curious if anyone uses an ultrasonic cleaner and if so what solution do you use with yours. If anyone has any other ideas to clean easily I am open to hearing what you do. Thanks!

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#3166172 - 10/08/18 08:30 PM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
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What does the manufacturer recommend?
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#3166177 - 10/08/18 09:02 PM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
wherdog Offline
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The instructions say to use a solvent (WD-40, breakFree etc...) spray the inside and let sit for 24 hours. Then use a stiff bristle brush to clean the baffles and iside the tube.

I tried this but the break away spray didn't work so well. There was a lot of buildup on the baffles. I received one of the first 3.0's and the instructions told me I could go 1000 rounds before cleaning. I was also told I could probably let it go 2000 rounds when buying it. After the fact, they realized that was too many rounds and changed it to 100 rounds without informing me. So mine was extra dirty. I will be cleaning it out more frequently now that I know that. I am just looking for an easier and quicker process for getting the job done.

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#3166211 - 10/09/18 01:15 AM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
Kevinfarmer3456 Offline
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Registered: 03/11/18
Posts: 350
Loc: Texas
For my servicable rimfire can, nothing is quicker than UltraSonic cleaner. I use the hornady solution for gun parts. Most of the time i have to run it for upwards of 30 mins or more to get it squeaky clean. I know this is not the same as what u have but hopefully it may help you.


Edited by Kevinfarmer3456 (10/09/18 01:16 AM)

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#3166215 - 10/09/18 06:22 AM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
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Registered: 02/21/14
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I use hornady oneshot sonic solution. I just mix it up pour it into an disposable aluminum cooking pan liner deal just big enoug for the surpressor let it soak over nite in it and I’ll use a screw driver to scrape the hard junk off. My fan is a lane though the tube is titanium and the baffle is stainless. This has worked really well for me.

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#3166239 - 10/09/18 10:20 AM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
skinney Offline
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Registered: 12/21/09
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If you're required to clean a Centerfire can, or any can for that matter after a 100 rounds, I would sell it, and purchase one that isn't so demanding. A rifle barrel may be required to clean every 50-100 rounds but a good Centerfire can will go 10's of thousands of rounds before worrying about cleaning.

BUT that's just me, I also break in my custom rifle barrels and people don't agree with that, so whatever you think needs to be done to increase it's or your performance is all that matters.
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#3166245 - 10/09/18 10:52 AM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
Plant.One Offline
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Registered: 02/12/15
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are you shooting subs or super thru it primarily?


my centerfire can has never been taken down for cleaning, but i'm only firing jacketed bullets thru it too - no rimfire anything, and no bare lead.
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#3166254 - 10/09/18 11:25 AM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: skinney]
SnowmanMo Offline
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Originally Posted By: skinney
If you're required to clean a Centerfire can, or any can for that matter after a 100 rounds, I would sell it, and purchase one that isn't so demanding. A rifle barrel may be required to clean every 50-100 rounds but a good Centerfire can will go 10's of thousands of rounds before worrying about cleaning.

BUT that's just me, I also break in my custom rifle barrels and people don't agree with that, so whatever you think needs to be done to increase it's or your performance is all that matters.


+1, Skinney, +1 for sure.
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#3166263 - 10/09/18 12:35 PM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: SnowmanMo]
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Originally Posted By: SnowmanMo
Originally Posted By: skinney
If you're required to clean a Centerfire can, or any can for that matter after a 100 rounds, I would sell it, and purchase one that isn't so demanding. A rifle barrel may be required to clean every 50-100 rounds but a good Centerfire can will go 10's of thousands of rounds before worrying about cleaning.

BUT that's just me, I also break in my custom rifle barrels and people don't agree with that, so whatever you think needs to be done to increase it's or your performance is all that matters.


+1, Skinney, +1 for sure.


My center fire cans are not serviceable nor does the manufacturer recommend any type of cleaning so.....I was thinking the same thing.
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#3166267 - 10/09/18 01:02 PM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
skinney Offline
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Registered: 12/21/09
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To be 100% honest it's a sales ploy, something new, a newer version perhaps, an "upgrade" so it's different, maybe the tube looks different, with different machine markings, or maybe the endcaps are threaded to "market" it serviceable. I had 2 separate Elk hunters here (2 weeks ago) who were uninformed regarding their suppressor purchase and were quite frustrated to say the least, that they were having to clean their cans every 100 rounds in order to break it apart consistently... I just laughed, they didn't know any better, I ended up selling them an SRT Shadow XL Ti, and a TBAC Ultra 7, both of which are some of the best I've used and are not user serviceable, AND both companies have been around a long time with a lot of knowledge about Suppressors.

NOTE: I am talking about center fire suppressors, not rimfire, or cans that see a high volume of consistent subsonic rounds.
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#3166269 - 10/09/18 01:31 PM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: Plant.One]
wherdog Offline
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[quote=Plant.One]are you shooting subs or super thru it primarily?


Super- I did shoot quite a few rimfire rounds through it which made it really dirty.

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#3166272 - 10/09/18 01:34 PM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: skinney]
wherdog Offline
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[quote=skinney]If you're required to clean a Centerfire can, or any can for that matter after a 100 rounds, I would sell it, and purchase one that isn't so demanding. A rifle barrel may be required to clean every 50-100 rounds but a good Centerfire can will go 10's of thousands of rounds before worrying about cleaning.

I am going to cut down on rimfire through this suppressor and just use centerfire to see just how dirty it gets. I guess I will check it every couple hundred rounds to see. But I thought 100 rounds was ridiculous!!

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#3166292 - 10/09/18 03:57 PM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
skinney Offline
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Registered: 12/21/09
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Loc: South Dakota
Originally Posted By: wherdog

I am going to cut down on rimfire through this suppressor and just use centerfire to see just how dirty it gets. I guess I will check it every couple hundred rounds to see. But I thought 100 rounds was ridiculous!!


Since you've already invested money, and more importantly wait time on the suppressor, I would just shoot it, do not worry about breaking it down to clean. The VAPR suppressors we run are serviceable but not by the user. I've got about 5k down one of my .224 VAPR's and IF I ever feel the need to have it cleaned, I just send it back to SRT and have them break it down and press the stack out to clean it!
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#3166419 - 10/10/18 11:39 AM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
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Originally Posted By: wherdog
Originally Posted By: Plant.One
are you shooting subs or super thru it primarily?



Super- I did shoot quite a few rimfire rounds through it which made it really dirty.



ahhh ok.. so if you're shooting rimfire thru it - the cleaning is to keep lead buildup down and not for anything related to your centerfire usage.


i HIGHLY recommend you invest in a 2nd, rimfire specific can, when you have the budget for it. many of the modern ones while not only being user serviceable, are being produced from products that allow vigorous cleaning methods that you can use on all-alumnium models that were way to common in the past.

this will not onnly save wear and tear on your centerfire can, but probably save you a ton of weight when attached to your rimfires.

my sparrow is a single digit weight can (right about 7oz IIRC), much more suited to the rifle and pistols i use it on, than my 22oz centerfire can.
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#3166485 - 10/10/18 08:53 PM Re: Titanium Suppressor...how do you clean yours? [Re: wherdog]
Txhillbilly Offline
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Registered: 02/18/16
Posts: 65
Loc: Burleson,TX
I have always cleaned my Centerfire cans. It doesn't take that many rounds being shot through them until they start gaining weight,and that extra weight will start throwing off your dope data after a while. You'd be surprised at how much carbon build up there is inside a centerfire suppressor after a while.
I don't know how many rounds that I put through all my suppressor's,I use them on about 15 rifles,but when they weigh 1-2 ounces more than they do when they were new and clean,I throw them in the solution and clean them.

The easiest way to clean them is just soak them in Berrymans Chem-Dip solution,you can find it at any auto supply or Wal-mart. Just let them soak for 24 hours,and it will get rid of all the build up on the baffles/tube/end caps. It just takes a rag to wipe them clean,no scrubbing or rubbing required on suppressors that come apart like the Varminter 3.0.
On sealed cans like my Thunder Beast 30-P1's,I just soak the whole thing in the Chem-Dip,and then stand them up on end and drain for a while,then blow them out with my compressor

Chem-Dip has never harmed the outer coatings on my suppressor's.

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