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Brass cleaning
Jul 2nd, 2020 at 11:23pm
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Iíve allways cleaned my brass with fine iron wool times not a factor as I only reload 100 a year , but am wondering if Iím being hard on my dies not cleaning case enuf , or loosening consistency, do like stretching the legs so if I can make any improvements to my reloading would be good to know
If I need to change whatís best method , price and effectiveness thank you
  
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Re: Brass cleaning
Reply #1 - Jul 3rd, 2020 at 6:43am
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I bought a rock polisher online about 2 years ago and got stainless steel pins from Reloaders and now wash my brass each time - polishes them up like new each time. Iíve done measurements and thereís no real difference excepting length changes each time itís fired. Iím loading .223 and 7mm08
I have also cleaned brass for others, so itís used reasonable often - not so much now as the semi autos are now banned😈
  

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Re: Brass cleaning
Reply #2 - Jul 3rd, 2020 at 9:01am
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Over the years I have progressed thru
dry media tumbling, ultrasonic,  to SS wet tumbling. I no longer do any of those except on the odd occasion I will SS tumble rifle range pickups.
My cases, as soon as possible after firing, are decapping and primer pockets cleaned, inside necks cleaned with stiff nylon brush. The outsides where the burnt powder stain forms, I used to clean with white spirits. Nowadays I use a Brownells product called Krazy Kloth to remove the carbon stains. KK are fabric cloths impregnated with a very mild abrasive which doesn't harm the brass or attack it chemically.
My brass is spotlessly clean before entering any of my dies. I also have no trouble examining my brass for defects despite it not being bright and new looking. I also never had problems retrieving fired brass out in the sticks even though it was dull in colour. I also don't see huge amounts of black shit building up inside my cases affecting capacity except maybe with the exception of when I use Win 760.
I have found, along with others, that SS wet tumbling badlly damages the neck chamfers.
Also, over the years,  as reloading has become less of an enjoyable hobby and more of a chore I have looked to eliminate unecessary steps without compromising the end quality of my reloads. Cleaning steps (including then drying) is one of those actions I have eliminated or minimised.
That's not to say others shouldn't clean the hell out of their brass. If you get a feel good out of doing it.........
  
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Re: Brass cleaning
Reply #3 - Jul 3rd, 2020 at 5:54pm
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when using the LEE case length trimmer and then the case mouth debur/champhering tool.....the case is in the end of the cordless drill held by base....pretty easy to squeeze case in bit of poly pad or choirboy cloth and give it a wee whirl.... thats as flash as I get and Im too plurry tight to see that changing any time soon Grin Grin
  
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Re: Brass cleaning
Reply #4 - Jul 3rd, 2020 at 10:47pm
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I've had a Lyman tumbler for about 25 years. I use it a lot for both rifle and pistol cases.

I get home from the range and throw the cases straight in.

I use a bit of case cleaner in with the corn cob and the cases come out like new unless they have been lying on the ground for ages where they can be still tarnished, even after cleaning.

If I was only doing 100 rounds a year, I'd probably stick to the steel wool, unless I could pick up a small tumbler really cheap. Or even one of the ultrasonic ones.

Ultrasonic will clean them very well, but they won't be brightly polished. They can be had for under $50 on Trademe.
  
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Re: Brass cleaning
Reply #5 - Jul 4th, 2020 at 7:14am
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I made a tumbler using a geared down electric motor (about 30 rpm). a length of pvc pipe with a blank cap on one end and a threaded cap on the other. I use stainless media, water, a squirt of dishwashing detergent and a squeeze of Lemon juice. I can easily do 100 cases at a time and they come out spotless. i set the unit up in a vice, set it going and normally 30 minutes job done. Wink
  

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Reply #6 - Jul 10th, 2020 at 4:41pm
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Case cleaning is over rated. I've been their with a tumbler and dry media but now only use a bit of steel wool on the necks if there is carbon or sometimes a wear citric acid bath and baking soda wash to neutralise.

If you wear a set of dies out due to dirty brass you will likely be the first!
  

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Re: Brass cleaning
Reply #7 - Jul 18th, 2020 at 6:00pm
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Sorta like saying I dont give a proverbial about my action. Why clean it. You can buy a Franfort Lite and have clean brass for the rest of your loading life without breaking the bank.Interesting article about a killer in USA got caught because his dirty ammo jammed. FBI thought he was a clown.
  
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Reply #8 - Jul 19th, 2020 at 8:32am
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sako wrote on Jul 18th, 2020 at 6:00pm:
Sorta like saying I dont give a proverbial about my action. Why clean it. You can buy a Franfort Lite and have clean brass for the rest of your loading life without breaking the bank.Interesting article about a killer in USA got caught because his dirty ammo jammed. FBI thought he was a clown.

Ah, that's a good enough reason to clean then. We don't want to appear to be clowns to the cops.  Smiley
  
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Re: Brass cleaning
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