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Cleaning cases a different way
Apr 18th, 2018 at 6:48pm
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A dude on FB from USA is using an ice cream maker using Lemishine and dishwash liquid to clean his cases. They look prety good and no SSM required.

http://www.rivalproducts.com/desserts/rival-ice-cream-maker-2-quart-red/FRRVBK02...
  
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Re: Cleaning cases a different way
Reply #1 - Apr 19th, 2018 at 8:37am
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My method is even easier - I donít clean them.
All I do is uniform the pockets and run a brush through the neck a couple of times

Mate used to run his through a washing machine tied up in a sock.
  
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Reply #2 - Apr 23rd, 2018 at 5:22pm
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Have bought a couple of cheapie ice cream makers off TM to experiment.
  
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Reply #3 - May 3rd, 2018 at 7:42pm
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Have tried this method.Dont overload the i/c maker and it does a very nice job. Wink
  
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Reply #4 - May 4th, 2018 at 8:07am
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I use citric acid and diswashing liquid in an ice cream container. Works pretty well, but doesn't really clean out the primer pockets or right down inside the case like SSM would. But I'm happy with it.
  
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Re: Cleaning cases a different way
Reply #5 - May 5th, 2018 at 7:44am
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I just donít think cleaning cases has anything but a cosmetic effect. I trialled loads using both tumbled and uncleared loads years ago and there was no effect on accuracy. I donít bother now other than primer pockets and I get good ES and accuracy in both my rifles. If I wanted wanted clean cases I would give them a rub with steel wool.

Citric acid does do a good job, though.
  
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Reply #6 - May 5th, 2018 at 10:37am
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J wrote on May 5th, 2018 at 7:44am:
I just donít think cleaning cases has anything but a cosmetic effect. I trialled loads using both tumbled and uncleared loads years ago and there was no effect on accuracy. I donít bother now other than primer pockets and I get good ES and accuracy in both my rifles. If I wanted wanted clean cases I would give them a rub with steel wool.

Citric acid does do a good job, though.


Ah, J, a man after my own heart.

I have been reloading so long now it is no longer an enjoyable hobby but just a necessary task to produce high quality ammo. As such I have eliminated unnecessary steps one of those being intensive brass cleaning after every firing.

I no longer dry tumble -  doesnít clean inside the brass or inside primer pockets but leaves behind an abrasive dust that needs to be blown out. I no longer ultrasonic clean Ė too damn longwinded and depending upon if you add chemicals it can mess with the alloy and gives irregular neck tension on the next loading. I no longer SS pins clean Ė too longwinded and it peens my nicely chamfered neck mouths, abrades elsewhere hence the sparkling debris when flushing the SS pins clean afterwards with water. Lots of colour, just like panning for gold.

The obsession that ultra clean brass allows you to easily detect defects is flawed Ė I can easily inspect my brass without it being blindingly bright. In fact SS cleaning may partially hide the detection of insipient head separation.

Thatís not to say I donít clean my brass before loading Ė the inside of the necks are given a clean with a strong nylon brush, the outside is cleaned of carbon (as soon as possible after firing) using a Krazy Kloth and the case is given an overall wipe down and inspection - I am fussy about not getting any crap inside my expensive comp dies. And of course primer pockets are cleaned meticulously although some argue that this is not necessary. 

Also, I seldom, if ever, lost brass out in the hills due to it not being shiny and more easily seen. In fact my fired brass always ended up in the top pocket of my Swanni, something I did automatically without actual recollection of doing it.

  
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Re: Cleaning cases a different way
Reply #7 - May 5th, 2018 at 11:24am
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I'm only cleaning 9mm brass, as some of it ends up with  A LOT of carbon on the brass. Overtime I reckon this will lead to misfeeds or jams.
I dont bother cleaning my rifle brass
  
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Reply #8 - May 5th, 2018 at 12:22pm
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Yeah, haven't shot pistol for many moons, but yesgiven what you explain and fact ta it has ended up on the ground I would probably throw it all in the tumbler as soon as I got home.
I find the carbon deposit, with some powders, seems to become more tenacious if left on too long rather than cleaned soon as. Once I used to use white spirits to clean off the black shite.
  
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