So I have a dirty .44. It's a 629. Stainless steel.
I've heard guy claim they threw their gun in the dishwasher for a cycle to clean it.
Good idea or no?
I know 'Stainless' doesn't mean Stainproof. Or Rustproof, which is what we really care about.
And the springs and the barrel liner might just be a little bit closer to carbon steel, and thus more rustable than the rest of it.
And I KNOW it's a good idea to take the grips off before hand. They'll trap more water in the works at a minimum, ruin wood grips also.
Speaking of water in the works, there is a lot of nooks and crannies inside your typical revolver that you can't exacly get to easily. And those parts are a complete mystery to me. Hate for water to be trapped there for a time, next to spring steel or carbon steel components.
AND there is the whole worry about what you contaminate in the dishwasher that might get on dishes you eat off of. The primer has a lead compound in it. That can't be good unless it all washes away in one cycle.
Ok, seriously... Can it be done? Assume the procedure involves taking the firearm out at the end of the cycle, prompley, and than sprayed down with some oil. Even soak it in a vat of kerosene to get the water out. Would the gun be clean, rust free, and ready to go?