Review: Hornady’s Lock-N-Load Magnum Sonic Care Cleaner

If you can say “Hornady’s Lock-N-Load Magnum Sonic Care Cleaner” ten times in a row quickly without failing, then good for you! The name aside, I was excited to review their sonic cleaner because as much as I love shooting guns, I really dislike cleaning them.

Check out my experience in the two videos below. The first video is with my Glock 34 and the second is with an AR-15 bolt carrier group.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • JaxD

    $175 appx. on Amazon. That took less than a minute to look up. Why couldn’t the “writer” of this piece include this basic piece of info. I’m sure anyone reading would be interested.

    If you want an ultrasonic cleaner, look on Craigslist or ebay for used dental equipment. I got a 3 gallon one, with timer and heat for $100 localy.

  • opie

    or just buy a china one from harbor freight. btw buying those cleaning solutions are a waste of money theres plenty of diy recipes that work just as good as those expensive cleaners. by the way the oneshot is meant for brass for reloading not gun parts…for brass some lemon juice or citri shine mixed with dawn does wonders on brass.

    • Dan

      Actually opie the one shot if you look says gun parts formula, they make one for gun parts and one for brass, the one for brass has a red label

    • Dan

      hornady makes a specific formula for cleaning gun parts. they are labeled separately from the brass formula.

  • MrSatyre

    But…you still have to clean the rest of the gun, right? And that doesn’t go inside. Takes all of five, six minutes to clean a gun.

    • billyoblivion

      I put the whole thing inside. Lock, stock and barrel, such as pistols have a stock.

      Cleans them cleaner than a really clean thing. Cleans the bits your q-tips can’t reach. Cleans the places you can’t really scrub. Cleans it all clean.

      I hate cleaning guns. Hate Hate Hate. I can break down both my glocks AND my P7 and clean them all at once. Really clean.

      • M.M.D.C.

        Dr. Seuss?

  • Rob in Katy

    Don’t put your “fangers” in the cleaner while it is running, supposed to do nasty things to them…since your fingers are also mostly water.

    • JaxD

      You will regret putting your fingers into an ultrasonic. You don’t feel it on your skin, you feel it in the bones. A very unique pain you will not want to repeat. It’s been about 30 years since I did it, have not repeated that move.

  • Dan

    ultrasonic cleaners are awesome, but you have to be careful. they get them cleaner than clean, beyond factory new. completely removing every trace of lube. _every_ friction surface will stick. you need to lube _everything_ very well after ultrasonic cleaning. slide, trigger mechanisms, all magwell springs and levers, safety mechanisms, etc.

    in many guns you end up having to lube lots of parts you never knew existed, or aren’t even documented.

  • Chance

    Do you run the risk of damaging anything? As in, plastic parts, adhesives on fiber optic sights, et cetera?