From my posts here: http://nfatalk.org/forum/showthread.php?t=10344
Synopsis: Is there a product that will help keep baffles clean or make cleaning easier?
After getting my old AAC Evo 9 and Pilot jail broken, I started needing to deal with cleaning the baffles. Not a huge task, but I'm always looking for "easy".
Since the Evo baffles are aluminum, I can't use (and don't even own) an ultrasonic cleaning device. I was wondering if any of the "wonderlubes" out there would help.
A while back, I picked up a Frog Lube kit. After using it on a few of my guns, I discovered that it pretty much sucked and caused a ton of failure to feeds, slow slides and other jams. I used it per the manufacturers instructions (heat, apply, cool, wipe down, etc) No matter how little I used, if the guns sat in the safe for any length of time, the frog lube would get gummy. I happened to mention this to a friend of mine and he had the same problems with a whole different set of guns.
So, with the frog lube sitting on the shelf, I decided to try it on my newly recored AAC Pilot (Completely un-shot, clean baffles). I would heat and apply the FL, shoot it and see how the baffles cleaned up.
Un-shot, clean baffles:
Baffles were heated and the FL paste was applied. I did NOT wipe off the excess. I figured that any of the paste left over would end up being an ablative media, so I left it.
After 150-200 rounds of sub-sonic Aguila:
Baffles are oriented as they are in the tube (blast baffle to exit, left to right)
Clean up was easy, using just a paper town and Q-Tip. Clean up was around 4 hours after range session. I need to repeat the experiment after letting the dirty baffles sit for a few days to "dry", see if it's still easy to clean. Also need more rounds through the silencer.
Most of the FL was still on the baffles. The carbon build up was almost "wet" and easy to wipe off.
Next up, I'm going to clean the Evo baffles up and load them down with FL as see how they do. I have much more experience with cleaning the Evo baffles and they are tough. The 9mm carbon build up sticks like glue and CLP does nothing.
After a while, I may even try fire clean or other wonder lubes to see.
Initial comments... FL worked well. Easy to clean (same day) and stayed in place. Acting as an ablative media also can't hurt. There was no extra smoke or anything noted, but I was shooting my Ruger 77/22 bolt gun. Next up, I need to shoot a blow back pistol to see if it kicks anything back into my face. I HATE shooting wet".
I plan to update this thread as time goes on with more rounds, different lubes, etc.