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Old 12-06-2019, 06:59 PM
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My Form 4 arrived and I picked up my Ruger Silent SR today.

I remember reading something about pre-treating the baffles in a soak of brake fluid before using it.

Don’t remember all the details such as type, soak time, etc and wonder if it will make cleaning and/or removing lead deposits easier ?
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Old 12-06-2019, 07:20 PM
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Heat the baffles at 350° for 15 minutes then drop them in the silicone. I think it helps. Certainly makes them slick. My SR baffles wipe clean with a paper towel after soaking for 15 minutes in boiling white vinegar. I go at least 1500 rounds between cleanings.
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Use DOT 5 brake fluid. Not 3, 4, or 5.1.

DOT 5.
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Heat the baffles at 350° for 15 minutes then drop them in the silicone. I think it helps. Certainly makes them slick. My SR baffles wipe clean with a paper towel after soaking for 15 minutes in boiling white vinegar. I go at least 1500 rounds between cleanings.
Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!
How often does the silicone have to be reapplied ?
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Use DOT 5 brake fluid. Not 3, 4, or 5.1.

DOT 5.
How often does it have to be reapplied ?

I assume just submerge the baffles in the fluid, remove and let dry ?
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I understood that it needed to be done before the initial use. Haven't done it since because they're so easy to clean.
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This was after 500 rounds and cleaned within a few days. The oil was applied a few days before the range trip. The residue was like sludge and wiped off easily. They cleaned up in about 5 minutes with one paper towel and a few Q-Tips.



This was another instance where I shot the can for a year and then cleaned it, so much more than 500 rounds. This time the rear two thirds of the baffles were completely dry and the front third of the baffles were still a little moist. The moist ones were easier to clean but even the dry one cleaned up with a small wire brush. The baffle in front with the shiny spot was given one pass with the brush.

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