jose wales
March 17, 2013, 09:44 AM
Does anybody know who makes Frontier rifle brass ?? I bought some used 7 Mag brass and was sorting through it to find out the diffrent makers and found some marked Frontier, tryed to find info on the web Nothing. Any ideas ?? I dont have a brass cleaner yet but any ideas how to clean brass til I can get a cleaner or tumbler ?? Which is the best a Sonic or a Tumbler ?? Been looking at the ones from Frankford and Hornady, sonic and the Frankford tumbler and others. :banghead:

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March 17, 2013, 10:12 AM
Frontier /hornady
i think they bought frontier out in the 70's or 80's then hornady stated to make there own
I have alot of frontier brass and its really good

I have vibrating tumbler from frankford and really like it,
I use walnut and corn cod
run it about 4 hours and its clean

You can always use vinegar-water-salt-dish soap-
And soak them in that solution and they will get clean but not polished

March 17, 2013, 10:18 AM
Frontier is Hornady made brass. As for cleaning brass I use a Lyman tumbler and I have had no complaints. Until then you can wash the brass in soapy water and set them out in sun to dry, just make sure they're completely dry before you begin reloading them.

March 17, 2013, 10:33 AM
If you want to shine them up use 000 steel wool while spinning them. This will only clean the outside.:) FYI clean shined brass will shoot no better than dirty brass. As long as you get the dirt (not carbon or tarnish) off and out of your brass load it as is. A quick rattle in dishsoap and rinse/dry is more than enough. I did not let my brass hit the ground for years catching it on a tarp instead so I could pick it up and reload it immediately then shoot it again for an entire afternoon with no ill effects.:cool: I moved to a tumbler with walnut and eventually to a Thumlers with wet SS media. My cases look like they are brand new now. Don't shoot any better but certainly look better.:D

March 17, 2013, 02:52 PM
I run the tumbler at noon night when I'm sleeping, comes out cleans. Cleaner the better. Had a buddy that needed 243 reloads quick so I had range brass that was decently clean and worked him up some loads for his trip. Keep in mind I did not run them in the tumbler. He called me after a few days and asked what I did differently I said I didn't tumble them. He said every shell was very hard to extract and to chamber. Tumble all your brass!!!!!!

March 17, 2013, 04:06 PM
Like said, it is Hornady brass. I used a lot of Frontier back in the 1980's, and i think it's really good brass.

As for cleaning it, I just toss it in the tumbler with some walnut shell for a few hours. As for brass that may have grit of dirt inside, I run it in the tumbler for an hour or so with old media I save just for that purpose. But under no circumstances will I personally expose my brass to water, that's just me though. When I run into brass that got badly tarnished to the extent that it is pitted, or if I can feel the anomaly, I usually won't use it, recycle bin.


March 17, 2013, 04:25 PM
I'm a major proponent of Ultrasonic cleaning. See for yourself:

March 17, 2013, 10:25 PM
Berry's 400 ( is probably the best tumbler available on the market today. It's also sold for less under different company names by Graf's (, Cabela's (|/pc/104792580/c/104761080/sc/104661180/Cabelas-Model-400-Vibratory-Case-Tumbler/731767.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fshooting-reloading-tumblers-scales%2F_%2FN-1100197%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104661180%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%25253BMMcat104792580%253Bcat104761080&WTz_l=SBC%253BMMcat104792580%3Bcat104761080%3Bcat104661180), Sinclair ( and a few others. They are all different colors but the same tumbler. I bought one in Green from Cabela's when I was at the store, it's excellent!

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