In November of 1987 I purchased one of my first guns.... it was a Ruger 10/22 with the plain Birch stock. I still have the gun, and every time I take it out of the cabinet it always amazes me at just how well the firearm is made. Yesterday was another one of those times.... I had planned on doing a piece on Sonic cleaning is a good part of any scheduled maintenance. At Venom we can do it for around $60 dollars, and if you haven't had it done on a gun that has had a great deal of rounds through it... you should really think about it.
Since I bought the Ruger .22 I had never once had a problem from the gun, and had never done a complete take down of the firearm. Now you are thinking why didn't I do the piece on the Sonic cleaning of the Ruger? Well frankly I am a little ashamed at the condition it was on the inside... being a gunsmith I should never have let it go sooo long. I am really amazed that it still shot so well, and never failed me.
After taking the gun apart I prepared the solution, and tank for the cleaning..... usually the chemicals would have been diluted with more water, but with the parts being so filthy that it was hard to get some of the pins out of the action... I made a much stronger concentration of the cleaning fluid, and tested it on the parts to be sure it would harm the finish. I then turned the machine on, and increased the heat to well over a 120 degrees, and it took several runs through the cleaner to get the job done. After soaking in a water dispersing oil I set out to put the little Ruger back together. It is smooth as it was when I bought it, and no gritty feeling when I draw the slide back!!
If you have a gun that you really love, and want to take good care of it.... keep it properly maintained... schedule maintenance before it fails at the range..... I was lucky.... dirt, and corrosion are the biggest reason guns don't work.