January 12, 2008, 05:53 PM
Hey everyone, I'm about to reload my first 'batch' and have a quick question. I don't have a tumbler but I heard about letting the brass sit in vinegar and something else, what was that? Also do I size and de prime before cleaning them or clean them and then size or once before and once after?
January 12, 2008, 06:02 PM
i have used the vineger method. Its basicly adding vineger dish washing soap and very hot water. mix together dump in the brass. If you put it in an old coffe can with a lid you can shake it up pretty good. Dont let it sit in the liquid for more than 10 minutes as it can have illl effects on the brass. After that you still need to rinse them out. then let them completely dry first. With that i usualy clean them first then size and deprime them.
January 12, 2008, 07:03 PM
I washed my first batch in a little baking soda, washing soda, and a pinch of dish soap. Worked pretty good. Didn't de-prime first so the pockets are still a little dirty. May do a quick tumble for good measure to shin them up a little. The wash I did just cleans, not shines.
January 13, 2008, 03:52 PM
You always want the brass clean before you size so you don't scratch the die. The problem is you want the primer out when you clean them and dry them so most people buy a universal decaping die, that adds an extra step. There are many ways to clean them with liquid. I have heard of people using laundry soap. I use a tumbler. It is a lot less time consumming than cleaning with liquid. MidwayUSA has them on sale right now for 80% off. I'm not sure which ones I just saw the add on the home page.
January 13, 2008, 04:53 PM
I see no reason to deprime before cleaning.It's not gonna get the pockets clean,but WILL plug them with media.