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Clean brass - poor man's method
Nov 1st, 2009 at 4:21pm
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Not having a tumbler, I've looked around and researched a few methods of cleaning brass prior to reloading.
Simple, fast and cheap method!

Bowl of boiling water + Simple Green + Brass
Soak & stir for approx 1min
Remove brass and add to bowl of undiluted White Vinegar
Soak & stir for approx 1min
Rince brass in warm water
Return brass to Simple Green solution
Soak & stir for approx 1min
Bowl of clean boiling water
You guessed it, S&S 4 60seconds

Now for the dodgy part....
Place brass on oven tray in oven on high for 3-5mins

You might have some other method of safely drying, but I've not had anything go up in the oven yet! Touch wood.

Brass comes up real nice and shiny.
  
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Reply #1 - Nov 1st, 2009 at 5:20pm
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How did it get on with the inside of the case did it get rid of the crap out of there as well ?
  
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Reply #2 - Nov 1st, 2009 at 6:01pm
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Huh

Bryn from Targex wrote a good article in a brass thread in Reloading and said to NOT put your brass in the oven.  Shocked

http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi?num=1253584441/13#13

Anneal it by holding it by hand (no gloves) and heating the neck only over a burner until it became to hot to hold, no hotter.
  
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Re: Clean brass - poor man's method
Reply #3 - Nov 1st, 2009 at 6:28pm
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noname wrote on Nov 1st, 2009 at 6:01pm:
Huh

Bryn from Targex wrote a good article in a brass thread in Reloading and said to NOT put your brass in the oven.  Shocked

http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi?num=1253584441/13#13

Anneal it by holding it by hand (no gloves) and heating the neck only over a burner until it became to hot to hold, no hotter.


I put it in the oven but not to aneal it, just to dry it. 20 minutes at 60-70 degrees isnt going to hurt it, is it?
  

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Reply #4 - Nov 1st, 2009 at 7:27pm
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Anyway, whatever you do dont clean your brass with ammonia.
  

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Reply #5 - Nov 1st, 2009 at 9:57pm
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How did it get on with the inside of the case did it get rid of the crap out of there as well ?


Yeah man, seems to do real well.
Obviously not as good as tumbling, but pretty good.
  
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Reply #6 - Nov 2nd, 2009 at 6:15pm
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Anyway, whatever you do dont clean your brass with ammonia.


brass has copper in it. ammonia and anything copper is really really bad.
  
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Reply #7 - Nov 2nd, 2009 at 8:17pm
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madcharlie61 wrote on Nov 2nd, 2009 at 6:15pm:
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Anyway, whatever you do dont clean your brass with ammonia.


brass has copper in it. ammonia and anything copper is really really bad.


It evidently hardens the brass, and causes premature cracking.
  

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Reply #8 - Feb 20th, 2010 at 10:57pm
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I just found this thread . My mate put 200 270 once fired brass in a low oven with the door open , His wife turned up the oven and closed the door , they got 20 mins of heat and were stuffed  Grin, so leave the door open so there is air movement or better still if you have a hot water cupbord put them in there for a day or so
  

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Flintlock wrote on Feb 20th, 2010 at 10:57pm:
I just found this thread . My mate put 200 270 once fired brass in a low oven with the door open , His wife turned up the oven and closed the door , they got 20 mins of heat and were stuffed  Grin


Roll Eyes Grin Grin Chips anyone


Since Im only firing off large amounts of ammo once or twice a year & can't be bothered
having to dry out the cases

I just give mine a polish with Autosol, They come up real pretty  Smiley
  

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Reply #10 - Mar 3rd, 2010 at 10:05pm
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Brasso is the best brass polish.You wipe it on with a rag and wipe off with another.Not too expensive but the results are amazing!Check out the 22mm shell and 50cal.
  
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Reply #11 - Mar 5th, 2010 at 1:51pm
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I using the steel wool method. Don't know if there is any problems with it. All I know it works better than when it was brand new.
  

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Reply #12 - Mar 6th, 2010 at 5:29pm
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Just tried this. It works a treat! One difference though...

The oven is in use at the moment (mmmmm... food), so I am drying the cases out in the sun. They got a few additional rinses in hot water, so they should dry off nicely.
  

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Re: Clean brass - poor man's method
Reply #13 - Mar 27th, 2010 at 5:59pm
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What ratio of simple green - boiling water did you guys use? I tried 1-5, most of the casses still have dark necks, thinking next time perhaps 1-1 is more suitable  Undecided.
  

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Re: Clean brass - poor man's method
Reply #14 - Mar 30th, 2010 at 5:44pm
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Philipo wrote on Feb 21st, 2010 at 10:40am:
Flintlock wrote on Feb 20th, 2010 at 10:57pm:
I just found this thread . My mate put 200 270 once fired brass in a low oven with the door open , His wife turned up the oven and closed the door , they got 20 mins of heat and were stuffed  Grin


Roll Eyes Grin Grin Chips anyone


Since Im only firing off large amounts of ammo once or twice a year & can't be bothered
having to dry out the cases

I just give mine a polish with Autosol, They come up real pretty  Smiley



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Ive heard simple green is good for carbon, could be the ingredient in carbon killer 2000....hmm cheap bore cleaner? Grin
  

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