I've wanted a large capacity sonic cleaner for rifles in particular for 20 years now. I've always hemmed and hawed at the $1000 price tag of the big stainless tanks, but figured one day I'd justify spending the tax refund on one. Well here comes Hornady to the rescue again.
I've only used this twice thus far but the SBR AR upper/BCG and 2 pistol uppers I've run through have come out nice and clean.
Pros: Very affordable entry into a Sonic Cleaner, Easy to understand features and fairly clear instructions. Easy to separate parts with the extra bins
Cons: Like most, it's loud, Cleaning medium is stupid expensive and this baby needs lots o'cleaning juice. Fit and finish isn't the best, I'm expecting failure with the plastic parts (of which the majority of the exterior components are made)
Final impressions: Time will tell and seeing as I'm a slacker about cleaning rifles (clean my semi auto's about every 2K rounds) and pistols, this should remove my excuse to clean more often. Just make sure you rinse the cleaning fluid off the parts really well (I use a large basin and pressure sprayer with hot water), lube the heck out of them again before use. Taking the time to fully disassemble parts that can be (field strip the pistol upper and AR BCG) will net the best results. Be warned.. if you've painted with Avero or Krylon, expect to have to re-touch/re-paint.
It's a worthy buy, but I expect that at some point I'll move up to a larger heated system just so I can clean multiple r...